John Shumate

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John Shumate
No. 34
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1952-04-06) April 6, 1952 (age 62)
Greenville, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Thomas Jefferson
(Elizabeth, New Jersey)
College Notre Dame (1971–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1975–1980
Coaching career 1983–2010
Career history
As player:
1975–1976 Phoenix Suns
1976–1977 Buffalo Braves
1977–1979 Detroit Pistons
1979–1980 Houston Rockets
1980 San Antonio Spurs
1980 Seattle SuperSonics
As coach:
1983-1986 Grand Canyon (NAIA)
1988–1995 SMU (NCAA I)
19951998 Toronto Raptors (assistant)
2003 Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
2009–2010 Phoenix Suns (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,920 (12.3 ppg)
Rebounds 2,388 (7.5 rpg)
Assists 574 (1.8 apg)
Stats at

John Henry Shumate (born April 6, 1952) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach.

A 6'9" forward/center from the University of Notre Dame, Shumate played five seasons (1975–1978; 1979–1981) in the NBA as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Buffalo Braves, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Seattle SuperSonics. He earned NBA All-Rookie Team honors in his first season after averaging 11.3 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. Over the course of his career, Shumate averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds.[1]

Shumate later coached for the Southern Methodist University Mustangs and the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. He also appeared in a series of basketball training videos.[2] In the summer of 2009 he was named as an assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns.[3]

Shumate was the center on the Notre Dame team that ended UCLA's NCAA-record 88-game winning streak on January 19, 1974.

Coaching tree[edit]

Dave Hammer, who served on Shumate's staff at SMU from 1989 to 1993, became head men's basketball coach at Aquinas College in 2003.[4]


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
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  3. ^ "Shumate named assistant coach of Phoenix Suns". 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  4. ^ "Men's basketball". Aquinas College. Archived from the original on March 9, 2014.