Shuler aims for rise in status

In just two seasons of basketball, Devontae Shuler already has established himself as one of the most explosive athletes in the state of South Carolina. A blossoming star at Columbia (S.C.) Irmo, Shuler posted big numbers this past season and is ready to embark on a key 2015 travel campaign.

Devontae Shuler’s first major spring stop took place at the Super 60 Showdown last weekend in Knightdale, N.C. Something of an interloper among the mostly-NC prospects, Shuler didn’t suffer from stage fright.

The 6-2 scoring guard is a blur in the open floor, doing his best work with the ball in his hands and racing toward the rim. He finishes with emphatic dunks and is just as enthusiastic about running down an opponent from behind and pinning his shot on the backboard.

While he definitely needs to cultivate his skills and effectiveness in the halfcourt, Shuler’s sense of competitive abandon is likely to impress college coaches as they put eyes on him in upcoming months.

His interest at his juncture mostly is preliminary, but he has claimed offers from Wofford and Stephen F. Austin. He also has received early interest from some high-majors.

”I’ve recently gotten some letters from North Carolina, Virginia, Wake Forest and Texas,” Shuler said.

A key for Shuler will be to prove that he can a point guard, or that he’s well equipped to be a wing. Though he can defend the opposing point — defense is an area he could excel in college — offensively he’s a wing.

”I want to be a point guard eventually,” Shuler said. “That’s my long-term position.”

He’ll hit the road this spring and summer with Team United. His goal is very clear.

”I just want to get my name bigger,” he said. “I’m about to get a trainer and take it from there.”



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