This past summer proved to be a breakthrough for Devontae Shuler, who displayed his rapid progress to college coaches. The combo guard always has been highly explosive, but now he has begun to acquire a sophistication and nuance for the game that has enabled him to play effectively in a wider variety of settings.
Shuler remains a fullcourt dynamo. He boasts a naturally athletic, bouncy stride and loves to make plays above the rim. He’s aggressive and tough, and his solid frame will fill out the next few years and could lead to his eventually becoming a legitimate power guard.
Meanwhile, he’s working on his jump shot and pure point guard skills, areas he hopes to improve at Oak Hill.
”I’m real excited to get there this weekend,” Shuler said. “I want to play on the big stage and get better by playing with great teammates.”
Although it’s early, his recruitment also has begun to soar. Shuler is hosting offers and attention from multiple major programs.
”I’m hearing from NC State, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgetown and USC,” Shuler said, adding that he holds offers from the Gators, Gamecocks, Tigers and Trojans.
Shuler said he doesn’t yet have any planned visits. He intends to compete with the S.C. Hornets at some fall events and, mostly, acclimate to living away from home and preparing for what will be a lengthy schedule of games and maximum national exposure on a squad that features a talent overload — even by Oak Hill standards.
Shuler is a national top-75 prospect in the Class of 2017 and will be a regular focus for the Scout staff this season.