Much like his game on the basketball court, Shamiel Stevenson did everything he could to play for the Big Red last fall. However, the versatile guard with a rugged B1G frame was denied a waiver three times by the NCAA after transferring from Nevada following the 2018-19 season.
Considered a mismatch waiting to happen, the 6-foot-6, 245-pound, Toronto, Ontario product first demonstrated his versatility while starting 13 games and playing in all 32 contests at the University of Pittsburgh as an ACC rookie in 2017-18.
Stevenson averaged 8.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and an assist during an Academic All-ACC season in which he produced 13 double-digit scoring performances, and nearly pulled off his first collegiate double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds in an 82-78 overtime win over Mount St. Mary’s. Stevenson led the team with a .505 shooting percentage and pulled down a team-high 141 boards as a freshman.
After playing just four games in his sophomore season, Stevenson transferred to Nevada for the second semester before moving on to Nebraska later that year.
With another year under his belt, Stevenson will look to his phenomenal ball-handling skills and knack for drawing fouls to get to the free-throw line for Hoiberg and the Huskers. Stevenson’s ability to shoot at a high percentage and knock it down from beyond the arc may allow the guard to produce his best stat line since his rookie campaign and help Nebraska climb out of the B1G cellar this winter.
Ranked as a 3-star prospect by 247Sports coming out of high school, Stevenson was the 212th ranked player, the 45th best small forward, and Utah’s fourth-ranked prospect heading into college.
An outstanding defender and rebounder against larger opponents, Stevenson started his high school career at Holy Trinity in Oakville, Ontario, before playing two years at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah. He then concluded his prep career at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, Arizona.
As a sophomore at Wasatch, Stevenson powered his way to five double-doubles and ripped the cords for a season-high 24 points in a 93-76 win over Constitution. He averaged nine points per game during the 18-9 season and pulled down 6.3 rebounds. During his junior season, Stevenson helped Wasatch to a 29-4 record.
As a senior at Hillcrest, Stevenson averaged 14.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.2 blocked shots while guiding the Bruins to a 33-6 mark.