Mert Shumpert

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Mert Preston Shumpert
Personal information
Born (1979-08-20) August 20, 1979 (age 37)
Muncie, Indiana
Nationality American / Turkish
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Fort Walton Beach
(Fort Walton Beach, Florida)
College Syracuse (1998–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Undrafted
Playing career 2002–2013
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Career history
2002–2003 Besançon
2003–2004 Agricola Gloria
2004–2005 Villaggio Solidago Livorno
2005–2006 Armani Jeans Milano
2006 Climamio Bologna
2006–2007 Benetton Treviso
2007–2008 Beşiktaş Cola Turka
2008–2010 Efes Pilsen
2010–2012 Galatasaray
2012–2013 Aliağa Petkim

Mert Shumpert born Preston Anthony Shumpert (20 August 1979) is an American-born naturalised-Turkish[1] professional basketball player. He was a two-time All-Big East whilst playing college basketball for Syracuse.


Shumpert appeared in 32 games in his freshman year with averages of 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds.

Shumpert earned the spot of sixth man in his sophomore year, and led the team in 3-point percentage with a 42.9 percent clip. He also made four starts, and averaged 10.4 points per game.

In his junior season, Shumpert became a full-time starter and blossomed as one of the most prolific scorers in the Big East. He averaged 19.5 points that season, and was named the Big East's Most Improved Player, and was also a first-team All Big East selection.

In the early part of his senior season, Shumpert fulfilled expectations, as Syracuse jumped up to a 14-2 record and a No. 10 overall ranking. Shumpert led the way, scoring 30 or more points on seven occasions, including a career high 37 against Albany. Shumpert finished with career averages of 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Professional career[edit]

Undrafted by the NBA, Shumpert decided to go play overseas, first starting in France for the 2002-03 season, signed by Besançon BCD, in the French Pro-B. Following his stint in France, Shumpert has bounced around in the Italian professional leagues, including stints with Agricola Gloria M.T. (Serie A2, 2003–04), Villaggio Solidago Livorno (04-05), where he played in 2005 the Italian All Star Game, and Armani Jeans Milano (05-06).

He started the 2006-07 season with Climamio Bologna, before transferring in December to Benetton Treviso, starting 22 games and averaging 13.6 points, while helping them to the national cup. Shumpert came to Turkey to play for Beşiktaş Cola Turka in the 2007-08 season.[2] After a very productive season in both Turkish league and ULEB Cup, he decided to follow coach Ergin Ataman and join Efes Pilsen.[3] In August 2010 he signed with Galatasaray.[4]


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