Pursuit of a dream

Letter of intent signing day is a day of accomplishment. Shavon Shields, a 6-foot-6 and 210-pound shooting guard from Olathe (Kans.) Northwest, thought back today as he signed his letter of intent about everything it took to get him there. More than that, he is thinking about going to Nebraska and he's excited about the future of Nebraska basketball.

Early letter of intent signing day was today for college basketball. Nebraska was believed to have signed five players in total today with one of them being shooting guard Shavon Shields from Olathe (Kans.) Northwest. Shields said today was all about his hard work paying off.

"It's really humbling and really refreshing to know that the work you have put in is paying off," Shields said. "I am thankful for everyone who has helped me and pushed me to become the person and the player I am. It was a great experience. I couldn't be happier."

The recruiting process is filled with good times and bad times. Shields says that it's a roller coaster of emotion and that you have to stay focused and enjoy the ride.

"There are a lot of ups and downs. Coming into this year you hear from a couple of schools and you get really excited. Then it gets stressful because they are persuading you one way or another. It's stressful, exciting and fun all at the same time."

Shields is following in some big footsteps up to Lincoln. His father, NFL and Collegiate Hall of Famer Will Shields, is still well known around Lincoln. That's something that Shavon is very excited about when it comes to playing for Nebraska.

"It's really cool. When we went up to the Ohio State game and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame it's clear that he's still very well known around there. It's exciting to know that he's still so well thought of since leaving there."

Along with Shields there were four other players that signed letters of intent with Nebraska. Shields knows one of the players in the class well and he's excited about what Nebraska is doing with Doc Sadler leading the team.

"I am really excited to get a chance to play with the other players in the class, but the only one that I really know well is Benny Parker. I played with him this summer and he's a great, great basketball player. He's super tough. I am excited to get to play with him.

"Coach Doc Sadler is a great guy and a great coach. The last couple of years he's been in games against teams like Kansas and Colorado. He's beat teams like Texas and everything. You have to be a good coach to be in those games. I am real excited to learn from him and the rest of the staff. I couldn't be more excited and happy."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in Scout.com's SuperPrep Magazine.
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