John Shumate

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John Shumate
Personal information
Born (1952-04-06) April 6, 1952 (age 66)
Greenville, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Thomas Jefferson
(Elizabeth, New Jersey)
College Notre Dame (1971–1974)
NBA draft 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career 1975–1980
Position Power forward / Center
Number 34
Coaching career 1983–2010
Career history
As player:
1975–1976 Phoenix Suns
1976–1977 Buffalo Braves
1977–1979 Detroit Pistons
1979–1980 Houston Rockets
1980 San Antonio Spurs
1980 Seattle SuperSonics
As coach:
1983–1986 Grand Canyon
1988–1995 SMU
19951998 Toronto Raptors (assistant)
2003 Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
2009–2010 Phoenix Suns (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 3,920 (12.3 ppg)
Rebounds 2,388 (7.5 rpg)
Assists 574 (1.8 apg)
Stats at

John Henry Shumate (born April 6, 1952) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach.

Shumate grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey and played high school basketball at Thomas Jefferson High School.[1]

A 6'9" forward/center from the University of Notre Dame, Shumate played five seasons (1975–1978; 1979–1981) in the NBA as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Buffalo Braves, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Seattle SuperSonics. He earned NBA All-Rookie Team honors in his first season after averaging 11.3 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. Over the course of his career, Shumate averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds.[2]

Shumate later coached for the Southern Methodist University Mustangs and the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA. He also appeared in a series of basketball training videos.[3] In the summer of 2009 he was named as an assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns.[4]

Shumate was the center on the Notre Dame team that ended UCLA's NCAA-record 88-game winning streak on January 19, 1974.

Coaching tree

These former assistants to Shumate later became head coaches:

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Grand Canyon Antelopes[11] (NAIA District VII) (1983–1986)
1983–84 Grand Canyon 21–9
1984–85 Grand Canyon 18–16
1985–86 Grand Canyon 18–9
Grand Canyon: 57–34
SMU Mustangs (Southwest Conference) (1988–1995)
1988–89 SMU 13–16 7–9 7th
1989–90 SMU 10–18 5–11 T–7th
1990–91 SMU 12–17 6–10 6th
1991–92 SMU 10–18 4–10 7th
1992–93 SMU 20–8 12–2 1st NCAA First Round
1993–94 SMU 6–21 3–11 T–7th
1994–95 SMU 7–20 3–11 T–7th
SMU: 78–118 40–64
Total: 135–152

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Phoenix 2003 34 8 26 .235 7th in Western
Career 34 8 26 .235


  1. Viggiano, Bob. "Wilson hoops great Sullinger, 58, dies", Courier-Post, December 10, 2010. Accessed October 24, 2015. "The team's toughest test came in the state semifinals, when it went up against Thomas Jefferson of Elizabeth with John Shumate, who later starred at Notre Dame."
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  4. "Shumate named assistant coach of Phoenix Suns". 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2013-10-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  10. "Former SMU Coach Jimmy Tubbs Passes Away". SMU Mustangs. May 9, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>