The Mississippi Rebels got tremendous news on Monday evening. One of their top targets, Devontae Shuler, picked the school over Oklahoma State. The No. 100 rated prospect is one of the top scorers in the class, and for a guard hungry school, it was a key commitment.
During the summer Shuler saved his top performances for last. He was excellent at the Peach Jam playing with Team CP3, and overall he finished the summer averaging 12.3 points per game while shooting 50 percent overall and 42 percent from beyond the three point line. That ability to put the ball in the basket is what makes Shuler such a top notch prospect.
Not only is Shuler a high level scorer, but he is also a big time athlete as well. That allows Shuler to defend both guard spots, and also be someone who gets into the lane at will. Currently Shuler is more of a scorer than a distributor, but he at least shows the potential to make good decisions when he gets into the lane, but he is still a work in progress as a point guard.
For Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy, this was a key commitment. Kennedy has focused on re-loading at the guard position, and he has always run his offense through high scoring guards who don't fit the traditional point guard or shooting guard designation, but just know how to play. Now he has his man in Shuler, and look for Kennedy to give Shuler the ball early and often in his college career.
Ole Miss now has a pair of guard commitments in Shuler and high level shooter Parker Stewart. Both are bigger guards who can handle the ball and make some plays. Look for the Rebels to now try and get some help in the frontcourt with their remaining scholarships.