Jamesville-DeWitt senior ready to 'make an impact’ at prep school next fall
DeWitt, N.Y. — Payton Shumpert will spend next season at Woodstock Academy Prep (Conn.), he announced Friday afternoon.
Shumpert, the 6-foot-6 forward at Jamesville-DeWitt High School, came to the decision after several discussions with his family and his AAU coach Jay David (New York Jayhawks). He already held offers from UMass, Wagner, Univeristy of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC) and other Division I programs.
Shumpert ultimately decided that prep school would be the best option to improve his game. Once he received an offer from UMass in April, prep schools became more interested.
Woodstock Academy distinguished itself from the pack through its initial conversation with Shumpert. Coach Jacque Rivera provided information about the school and its campus and once Shumpert was given a virtual tour, he knew that’s where he wanted to be.
“Woodstock is one of the best prep schools in the country and I feel I’m going to be able to go in and make an impact,” Shumpert said. “I think going the prep route is also a great way to get more exposure if you’re from Upstate New York because there isn’t much exposure out here as it is, so I think it will be a great opportunity to get more offers and go from there.”
As a senior, Shumpert was named to the All-CNY team for the second consecutive year. He averaged 20.6 points for an 18-5 Red Rams team, which reached the Class A sectional championship game.
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