Three-star guard Parker Stewart became the first commitment for the Rebels’ 2017 recruiting class when he cast his lot with Ole Miss last month. Monday afternoon, four-star guard Devontae Shuler followed suit.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Shuler, who visited the Rebels officially over the weekend, landed on Ole Miss over other finalists, Oklahoma State and South Carolina. A consensus four-star prospect across all recruiting services, Shuler is ranked the No. 100 overall player in the country by Scout.com.
“I think he’d be great there,” Oak Hill (Va.) High School lead coach Steve Smith said of his star pupil’s potential fit at Ole Miss. “I watched (Marshall) Henderson play there, I watched (Stefan) Moody play there. Devontae can score. He’s a volume guy, volume scorer. He can shoot the 3, and he’s got a great pull-up game — 1-2, dribble pull-up. He gets to the rim. What I like about him is he plays on both ends of the floor. He likes to play defense. Most guys will play defense because it keeps them on the floor, but he plays defense because he likes it. He’s a lockdown on-the-ball defender. As good as I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some good ones.
“If an opposing team has a really good point guard, we put Devontae on him to disrupt their offense. He really gets down in his stance and guards. I don’t know if I’ve had a defender like him. He’s only 6-2, but he can really get after it defensively. That makes him that much better. A lot of guys can put the ball in the basket, but on the other end of the floor they don’t like to play. He plays all 94 feet.”
Sheller helped lead Oak Hill to a 45-1 record as a junior last season, including a win in the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Championship Tournament. He shot 49 percent from the field and 39 precent from 3 in the 2016 EYBL, and he averaged over 12 points per game and almost three rebounds.