Shavon Shields: 2016 Draft Prospect
2015-2016 Season Stats
Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics
AS A SENIOR (2015-16): Shavon (pronounced sha-VON) Shields finished his four-year career as one of the top players in school history and was one of only five players in school history with 1,500 points and 600 rebounds. Finished fifth on NU's career scoring list with 1,630 points, while finishing in the top-10 in field goals made (562, eighth) and attempted (1236, sixth), free throws made (429, fourth) and attempted (565, fourth) and starts (112, second). Ranks among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (fifth) and steals (seventh), while ranking first or second on the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. Earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Tourament team with 19.7 points 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. Closed his career with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and five rebounds vs. No. 18 Maryland. Nearly posted a double-double vs. Wisconsin with 20 points and nine rebounds. Collected his first double-double of the season vs. Rutgers with 20 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Had started 106 straight games at NU before suffering a concussion against Rutgers on Feb. 6 and missed four games. Posted his third career 30-point game on Senior Night against No. 15 Purdue with 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Returned to action at Penn State on Feb. 25 and led NU with 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Had seven of his 17 points in an 18-1 run vs. Rutgers with three boards and three assists before leaving the game with 8:47 left after a fall. Scored 13 of his 16 points at No. 21 Purdue in the second half before fouling out. Propelled NU to a win at No. 11 Michigan State with a season-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting and three boards. Helped the Huskers to a win at Illinois with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. Made his 100th career start a memorable one, finishing with a game-high 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting and a season-high eight rebounds in NU's win over Minnesota. Closed non-conference play with 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals vs. Prairie View A&M. Turned in a 25-point effort on 10-of-14 shooting and added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals vs. Samford. Bounced back with a strong game at Rhode Island, scoring a game-high 19 points, grabbing seven rebounds and adding three assists and two steals in the come-from-behind win. Collected his second straight 20-point game with 21 points, including 9-of-10 from the foul line, and four rebounds against Abilene Christian. Nearly willed the Huskers to a win over No. 21 Miami with 28 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals. Battled foul trouble against Cincinnati, scoring 11 of his 14 points in the second half, as he played just 20 minutes. Put together his 15th career game with 20+ points against Delaware State, finishing with 21 points and seven assists.
AS A JUNIOR (2014-15): Shields excelled on the court and in the classroom during his junior season. The 6-foot-7 forward started all 31 games for the Huskers and ranked among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (15.4 ppg, ninth), rebounding (6.0 rpg, 14th), free throw percentage (.827, fifth) and minutes played (35.3, fourth), establishing personal bests in each category. He finished the season either first or second on the squad in scoring (2nd), rebounding (1st), assists (2.2 apg, 2nd) and steals (1.1 spg, 2nd). He was one of only two power conference players in the country averaging 15 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game in 2014-15. He reached double figures in 26 contests in 2014-15, including nine games of at least 20 points, and closed his junior campaign with his second double-double of the season against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament. In that contest, he totaled 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out three assists in the three-point loss to the Nittany Lions. Off the court, he was a first-team Academic All-American, becoming the first-ever Husker to earn that prestigious honor.In conference action, he averaged 14.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, and was in double figures in 15 of 18 conference contests. His best effort came in a loss to No. 10 Maryland, when he had 26 points, including 18 in the second half, along with six rebounds and three assists. That was one of four 20-point efforts in Big Ten play, as he also had 25 points and six rebounds at Iowa on Jan. 5, 21 points and seven caroms in the win over Michigan State on Jan. 24 and 20 points and seven boards in the Big Ten opener against Indiana on New Year’s Eve. Shields showed an advanced all-around game in non-conference play, averaging 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. In the opener against Northern Kentucky, he had 18 points, including 10-of-10 from the foul line, and followed up two days later with 16 points and 11 boards in a win over Central Arkansas. Shields nearly carried the Huskers to an overtime win at Rhode Island, finishing with 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting, and nine rebounds. He put on an electrifying show against Omaha, pouring in a career-high 35 points on 12-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-4 from 3-point range. Shields keyed NU’s win at Florida State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with 21 points and eight rebounds. He closed non-conference action with five straight double-figure efforts, including 22 points in the win over Ohio at the Diamond Head Classic.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2013-14): Shields was one of the Huskers’ leaders, helping Nebraska make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. He earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches and media, averaging 12.8 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. Shields ranked in the top 20 in the Big Ten in both scoring and rebounding and was second on the team in assists per game (1.6 apg). Shields flourished when Nebraska moved him back to the wing in a larger lineup, averaging 15.8 points per game on 49 percent shooting and 5.9 rebounds per game over the Huskers’ final 12 contests. A two-time Big Ten Player of the Week, Shields reached double figures 21 times, highlighted by a season-high 33 points against Illinois. In that game, he also matched Nebraska’s single-game record by going a perfect 15-of-15 from the foul line. Shields had a pair of double doubles – both in Big Ten action - and had three games with at least 10 rebounds. In Big Ten play, Shields was in the top 13 in both scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg). He was in double figures 11 times in conference action, including five of Nebraska’s final six games. Shields was bothered by a knee bruise early in Big Ten play, as he averaged just 5.8 points per game in NU’s 0-4 start before leading NU with 18 points and nine rebounds in a win over No. 17 Ohio State on Jan. 20. He erupted against Illinois on Feb. 12 with 33 points and tied Jack Moore’s mark for free throws in a game without a miss. Shields recorded his first double-double of 2013-14 against Purdue on Feb. 23 with 18 points and 10 rebounds and followed up with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Northwestern. Shields then closed the season with his best week of the year, averaging 21.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in wins at Indiana and against No. 9 Wisconsin. At Indiana, he scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half, and added eight rebounds as the Huskers pulled away down the stretch for their first-ever win in Bloomington. He capped the regular season with 26 points, on 10-of-17 shooting, in a win over the Badgers on March 9. Shields opened non-conference play on a roll, reaching double figures in each of his first five games. He erupted for 28 points against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 8, leading the Huskers in points, rebounds (six) and assists (three) to earn Big Ten and National Player-of-the-Week honors. He broke out of a mini slump against Creighton on Dec. 8 with a team-high 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, four rebounds and two assists. He paced NU in scoring with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting and five rebounds against Arkansas State on Dec. 14 and scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half against The Citadel on Dec. 21 while adding six rebounds and three assists.
AS A FRESHMAN (2012-13): Shields played in 29 games as a freshman, averaging 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Shields played some of his best basketball in the Big Ten Tournament, averaging a team-high 16.5 ppg on 61 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds per game. He led NU in scoring with a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds and a pair of steals in a 57-55 win over Purdue in the first round on March 14 before totaling 14 points and five rebounds in a quarterfinal loss to No. 10 Ohio State. Shields, who started every Big Ten game but the conference opener, ranked among the league's top freshmen in scoring (9.2 ppg, seventh), rebounding (6.0 rpg, second), field goal percentage (45.0 pct., seventh) and 3-point shooting 42.3 pct, second). During conference play, Shields reached double figures in scoring five times, including a 17-point, seven-rebound performance against Iowa on Feb. 23. He earned Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors for the second time on the season for his performance. Shields collected his first career double-double with a 19-point, 13-rebound effort against No. 8 Michigan State on Feb. 16, the first double-double by a Husker freshman since the 2004-05 season. He set career highs in consecutive games in January, highlighted by a 29-point effort at Penn State on Jan. 19. Shields hit 10-of-11 shots from the field and went 8-of-8 from the line in posting the highest scoring effort by a Husker freshman since 2007. Against Purdue, Shields became the first Husker freshman in three years to lead the team in scoring with 18 points and eight rebounds. For his performances against the Nittany Lions and Boilermakers, Shields was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. It was the first time since 2009 that a Husker freshman was honored by the league. During non-conference play, Shields played in just one of the Huskers' first six games because of elbow surgery in October before returning to the rotation in December. He set season bests in scoring in three straight non-conference games (Creighton, Oregon and Jacksonville State), capping the run with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting against JSU.
AT OLATHE NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL: Shields came to Nebraska after being one of the top players in the Kansas City area throughout his prep career. Shields joined Willie Cauley-Stein as Olathe Northwest’s first-ever Division I signees in November of 2011. Shields totaled 1,068 points in his three-year career at the school and finished as the school’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, free throws, field goals, steals and rebounds. As a senior, Shields was a consensus first-team Class 6A selection in Kansas after averaging 21.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for Coach Michael Grove at Olathe Northwest High School. He helped the Ravens to a 20-2 record and an appearance in the sub-state finals. Shields helped Olathe Northwest to an unblemished record in league play, earning Sunflower Conference MVP honors. In addition, he earned second-team all-class honors from the Topeka Capital Journal and Wichita Eagle, a first-team all-metro selection by the Kansas City Star and was a finalist for the DiRenna Award, signifying the top player in the Kansas City area. As a junior, Shields was a second-team all-Class 6A honoree and a first-team All-Sunflower Conference selection, as he averaged 17 points and six rebounds a game. Shields transferred into Olathe Northwest for his sophomore year, earning Sunflower League Newcomer-of-the-Year accolades. He also starred playing AAU ball for the MoKan Elite and Coach Rodney Perry. An outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA, Shields was on the honor roll throughout high school and a National Honor Society member.
PERSONAL: Shavon is the son of Will and Senia Shields and was born on June 5, 1994, in Overland Park, Kan. Shavon’s father, Will, was one of the greatest linemen in Nebraska and NFL history, as he was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015. At Nebraska, Shields won the Outland Trophy in 1992 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Shavon has one older sister, Sanayika, who plays basketball at Drury, and a younger brother, Solomon. Shavon selected Nebraska over Texas Tech, Oregon State, Weber State, Long Beach State and Wyoming. Shavon majors in biological sciences at Nebraska and is on track to graduate in May of 2016.