August 20, 1979 |
|Nationality||American / Turkish|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Fort Walton Beach
(Fort Walton Beach, Florida)
|NBA draft||2002 / Undrafted|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|2004–2005||Villaggio Solidago Livorno|
|2005–2006||Armani Jeans Milano|
|2007–2008||Beşiktaş Cola Turka|
Mert Shumpert or Preston Anthony Shumpert (born August 20, 1979) is an American-born Turkish professional basketball player. Shumpert is also a former college basketball player for the Syracuse Orange from Fort Walton Beach, Florida who was a two-time All Big East selection.
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.
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 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 Italian National Cup. Shumpert came to Turkey to play for Beşiktaş Cola Turka in the 2007-08 season. After a very productive season in both Turkish league and ULEB Cup, he decided to follow coach Ergin Ataman and join Efes Pilsen. In August 2010 he signed with Galatasaray.