Nebraska Basketball is set to host the guard on Wednesday.
Nebraska Basketball is taking recruiting and rebuilding the roster very seriously. Wednesday, they had another visitor on campus. Guard Shamiel Stevenson is set to visit Nebraska on Wednesday, per a report from Robin Washut.
Stevenson has been all over the map. He was originally committed to Pittsburgh, and then decided he would transfer to Nevada in December. He played in four games last season, averaging 3.8 points per contest. He did not exactly fill up the stat sheet, however he certainly can play the game. Look no further than his numbers from the year before.
In 2017-18, he had his best season of college basketball to date. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. Again, those are not exactly eye-popping numbers but they are certainly a fair amount of production in college basketball.
It sounds like he has yet to find a true home in the collegiate ranks. Maybe a change of scenery to Nebraska Basketball would do him some good. The Huskers certainly need some depth at the guard position With Nana Akenten, James Palmer Jr., Glynn Watson, and Justin Costello all not with the program anymore, that certainly limits the options.
The fact that Stevenson is a key target for the Nebraska Basketball class is a very telling. It seems that, at least so far, Coach Hoiberg wants players with size. Stevenson measures in at six-foot-six, 245 pounds. That is not exactly a small basketball player. It is a move I can certainly get behind, as Nebraska Basketball lacked size last season. They did not have many players that could go up and get rebounds. Now, I am not saying that as a guard, Stevenson will rebound a ton, but it would be nice to have someone of Stevenson’s stature going up and at least trying to get rebounds.
Also perhaps very telling is the fact that Stevenson is a transfer. It seems like Coach Hoiberg has identified the need on this team, and that would be for veteran players. That would certainly lessen the blow of what is surely to be a difficult season. Not to sound too cocky, but this visit is very status quo for what Nebraska Basketball has been doing lately: trying to fill the team with veterans.
I hope Nebraska Basketball can land Stevenson. Although he is not filling up the stat sheet, he could be a nice veteran presence. The team already has a ton of those, and in a tough basketball conference, that is exactly what you need. He would certainly be able to contribute to the team, and add tremendous size on the perimeter.