Sunday, December 6, 2009

Shumpert out 3-6 weeks

All the talent that Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt brought into the program this season is going to come in handy over the next month or so.

Starting guard Iman Shumpert will miss three-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee. Shumpert suffered the injury when he slipped during a game in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off last month.

"I called him on my way home [Wednesday], he was just like ‘Coach, I can't move, I'm not the same player,'" Hewitt said. "You talk to different people and they say three-and-a-half , four weeks, that's how long it typically takes with the surgery he had. He'll be back for the bulk of the season."

Shumpert’s scoring numbers are down this season from 10.6 points per game to 8.3, but he leads the Yellow Jackets in assists with 4.7 per game. He has struggled since the injury, scoring just 11 total points in his final three games.

In his absence, freshman Mfon Udofia will have to run the point full-time; he is averaging 12.9 points and 3.3 assists this season. Shumpert did not play in the Georgia Tech win over USC on Saturday. Freshman Brian Oliver started in his place, hitting four three-pointers and scoring a team-high 18 points.

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