Shields to trim list

When you say the name Will Shields around a Nebraska fan they will tell you that he was one of the best offensive line players to come from Nebraska ever. Shavon Shields, Will's son, is holding a Nebraska offer to play basketball. The Nebraska staff seems to be in a very good situation to get an official visit next month and possibly his commitment and signature shortly after.

Nebraska basketball recruiting has been hit and miss over the past week picking up a 2013 commitment in I.J. Ready and missing on a 2012 commitment. Olathe (Kans.) Northwest senior, Shavon Shields, is holding a Nebraska offer and will be trimming his list soon.

"I have an offer from Nebraska," Shields said. "They offered me after July. I am a 6-foot-6 and 210-pound wing. I can play either wing as the shooting guard or the small forward."

Shields isn't sure about all of his stats from last year or what he averaged this past summer in AAU because they didn't keep their statistics. "As a junior last year in high school I averaged 17 points per game. I don't know what I averaged in rebounds and assists. I play AAU for Mo-Kan Elite. I don't know what my stats were there either."

On the court it's simple what Shields tries to do; he wants to make everyone better around him. His own skill set though includes the ability to hit the open jump shot as well as penetrate and take the ball to the basket.

"I try to make my team mates better. I think that I am a good player defensively. I can knock down open shots and drive when the lane is opened up. In high school I try to lead my team a little more than I did in AAU."

Olathe Northwest missed on playing for a state title last year losing in the sub-championship. This year though Northwest is stacked and has been rated as high as #2 in the pre-season rankings.

"We lost in the state sub-state championship. They went like 13-for-17 behind the 3-point line. They got really hot and beat us before we could make it to state last year. We are pre-season #2 in the state, I guess. That is what everyone has been telling me anyway."

Shields was at the gym tonight and has been most of the summer. He says that he has been trying to improve as an individual, but as a team they need to play harder and more together to win the title this year.

"I am trying to get better everyday by working out. As a team I think that we just really need to play harder as a group all the time. We need to play together though and if we do it will all play out."

Shavon is the son of former Husker great, Will Shields. The thought of following his father up to Nebraska is something that he has thought about a lot.

"It's really humbling for me to get that offer from Nebraska and it's exciting at the same time. It's always been cool for me to think about being a Cornhusker like my dad."

The facility renovations that Nebraska is planning as well as other new facilities have caught Shields' eyes. He believes that Nebraska is really up and coming.

"I saw that they were renovating their current arena and building a new practice facility. They are really turning the program around and they are on the rise."

This weekend is an important one with Shields and his recruiting. He will trim his list and begin to set up his official visits to his favorites. He would like to make a commitment before his season starts.

"I am going to sit down with my mom, dad and my AAU coach to narrow down my list. I will take my official visits in September and I want to commit before my season starts."

Shields says that the Huskers will make his final cut, but he is still considering all of his offers. He wants to find a place where he fits in, likes the coaches and gets along with the team mates.

"I have offers from Nebraska, Long Beach State, San Francisco, Weber State and a couple of others. I will be narrowing things down here very soon and I know that Nebraska is going to make that list.

"I am looking for a place where I can see myself fitting in at, a place where I get along with the coach and he will push me to be a better player and of course team mates that I get along with and want to win."

The Nebraska staff that has been recruiting Shields includes the head coach and one assistant coach. "Coach Doc Sadler and Coach Wes Flanigan have really been the coaches that have been heading up the recruiting for me."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years, covering recruiting and football. His work can also be seen in Scout.com's SuperPrep Magazine
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