2016 Intro: Jeremy Sheppard

Six-foot combo guard Jeremy Sheppard has gained prominence steadily within Virginia. The junior doesn’t yet boast a huge reputation but has begun to earn the admiration of college coaches.

Jeremy Sheppard’s family knows something about scoring. A cousin of gifted Georgia scoring guard Alterique — like Sheppard, a 2016 prospect — Sheppard currently holds a range of mid- and high-major attention and has begun to shift upward in terms of projected level.

The slender combo guard is an outstanding jump shooter. His setup and quick release resemble that of Duke sophomore Matt Jones, and firing in long bombs clearly is one of Sheppard’s critical attributes.

That said, he also possesses nice quickness and impressive body control around the rim. Far from strong, he nevertheless makes some contested finishes for that reason.

He’ll need to continue improving his handling and playmaking skills, but already he has notched a place for himself within the minds of college coaches.

”My offers are Mount St. Mary’s, UNC-Wilmington, Hampton, Duquesne, Richmond, Cincinnati, Miami-Ohio and Longwood,” Sheppard said. “Indiana, VCU and Xavier have been in contact, too, and I was supposed to visit Clemson (last weekend) but couldn’t make it.”

Sheppard’s perceived position likely will impact his recruitment. If coaches view him as a combo who can defend the point and handle it offensively at least for stretches, he’s more likely to draw a major conference offer. If they regard him as an undersized wing, the high mid-major level may await him.

Regardless, he obviously holds strong options already and has his eyes on greater development.

”I’ve been working on a lot of dribbling the ball downcourt and pulling up for a jump shot, not just standing,” Sheppard said. “I’ve been putting in a lot of work.”

Sheppard competed with Team Loaded-VA this past summer and intends to run with Loaded again in 2015. His evolution as a player will be fun to track over the next six months.

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