We are back to the Fred Hoiberg Transfer Station. Today we will be discussing Shamiel Stevenson.
Shamiel is a transfer from Pittsburgh via Nevada. He is a Junior who spent his first year and a half of of eligibility at the University of Pittsburgh. Halfway through his sophomore year he transferred to the University of Nevada in January of 2019. He decided to then transfer from Nevada when head coach Eric Mussleman took the head coaching job at Arkansas.
Also, he’s from Canada. Everything still make sense? Good, let’s keep going.
He will have to sit out a semester this season and would be eligible to play starting in January as per the confines of the delightful NCAA rule book. It’s not a fun rule book, but we do have to play by it.
However, Nebraska has submitted paperwork for Shamiel to become eligible to play immediately this season. We hopefully know soon if that will be granted as their first game is against Done college in an exhibition on October 30th. It is currently unknown if he would be able to play in that game as it is just an exhibition and would not count towards the regular season.
Shamiel is a small forward at 6’6” and a solid 245 pounds. He played in all 32 games his freshman year at Pitt and averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. His shooting touch game him a nice 50% from the field and was second on the team in rebounds. For icing on the cake, he was an academic All-ACC selection for 2018. Shamiel only played in four games his sophomore season at Pitt before transferring to Nevada for more playing time.
He is a talented rebounder that will be a good defensive threat for the Cornhuskers. His size and experience in the ACC will bode well in the physical and large Big Ten. Considering Nebraska is currently lacking size, his addition early on in the year would pay dividends as the season goes on.
We should know in the next week or so if he will be paying soon. If not, we will see him in January 2020. Hopefully by then Nebraska will only benefit from his presence and not be in dire need.