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Preston Anthony Shumpert (20 August 1979), also known by his Turkish name of Mert Shumpert, is an American-born, naturalised-Turkish[1] professional basketball player. He was twice named to the All-Big East first team while playing college basketball for Syracuse.[2]

Preston Shumpert
Personal information
Born (1979-08-20) August 20, 1979 (age 39)
Muncie, Indiana
NationalityAmerican / Turkish
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolFort Walton Beach
(Fort Walton Beach, Florida)
CollegeSyracuse (1998–2002)
NBA draft2002 / Undrafted
Playing career2002–2013
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Career history
2003–2004Agricola Gloria
2004–2005Villaggio Solidago Livorno
2005–2006Armani Jeans Milano
2006Climamio Bologna
2006–2007Benetton Treviso
2007–2008Beşiktaş Cola Turka
2008–2010Efes Pilsen
2012–2013Aliağa Petkim



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 careerEdit

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.[3] After a very productive season in both Turkish league and ULEB Cup, he decided to follow coach Ergin Ataman and join Efes Pilsen.[4] In August 2010 he signed with Galatasaray.[5]


  1. ^ Preston to be Mert Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "2002 NBA Draft: Preston Shumpert Draft Bio". ESPN. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  3. ^ Besiktas adds Preston Shumpert and Sandro Nicevic
  4. ^ Efes lands scoring ace Preston Shumpert
  5. ^ Preston Shumpert Galatasaray Cafe Crown'da ‹See Tfd›(in Turkish)

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