September 29, 1974 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||189 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||McIntosh (Peachtree City, Georgia)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
The 6' 3" (1.90 m) University of Kentucky guard (1993–1998), was named Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament in San Antonio in 1998. He played on two national championship teams at the University of Kentucky under Rick Pitino in 1996 and under Tubby Smith in 1998.
The success of his college basketball career did not carry over into the professional leagues in which he entered. He played briefly in the National Basketball Association with the Atlanta Hawks during the 1998-99 season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in only 18 games. He has since played professionally in Italy with Benetton Treviso (1999-00) (won the Italian Cup), Cordivari Roseto (2000–01) and Würth Roma (2001). He played in the preseason games (but not in any regular season games) for the Toronto Raptors in 2000. He cited the September 11 terrorist attacks as being a factor in his decision to retire from basketball.
Sheppard and his wife, the former Stacey Reed (herself a former Kentucky basketball player), now live with their two children in London, Kentucky. They are involved with various community activities. Sheppard is also vice president for business development with Wazoo Sports, a regional television sports network concentrating on sports in Kentucky. In 2010, he was involved with a project to restore video and audio of Kentucky's 1958 national championship team.
- Story, Mark (2008-01-27). "Basketball not included". Lexington Herald-Leader.
- "Jeff Sheppard makes Big Blue history once again". Wildcat Connection. University of Kentucky Alumni Association. Retrieved December 2, 2010.