LINCOLN — Shavon Shields, son of former Nebraska football All-America lineman Will Shields, could make his Husker basketball debut Wednesday night against Tulane.
The freshman wing has missed about three weeks after surgery to deal with an elbow infection. Tuesday was the first day he was cleared for practice without limitations.
NU coach Tim Miles said he’ll be glad to have Shields available.
“If you ask our players,” Miles said, “they really like playing with Shavon. He knows how to play. He makes everyone around him better, and will be a valuable addition.”
The 6-foot-6 214-pounder from Olathe, Kan., was a consensus first-team all-state pick in Kansas’ largest class (6A). He averaged 21.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game at Olathe Northwest.
Shields signed a letter of intent last season with former Nebraska coach Doc Sadler. After a coaching change, Miles honored the scholarships for Shields and freshman point guard Benny Parker.
Nebraska, now with eight scholarship players active, will need all hands on deck against Tulane (3-1).
The Green Wave, after an opening loss at Georgia Tech, have beaten Bethune-Cookman, UNO and Chicago State, averaging 73 points per game.
Junior forward Josh Davis leads Tulane in scoring (19.0) and rebounding (8.5). Sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant (17.5 points) was voted preseason first-team All-Conference USA.
“I like their athleticism,” Miles said. “They play with a motor and they compete, compete, compete. They are really active on the glass.”
NOTES: Nebraska’s hopes for some Big Ten victories have improved with the news that Penn State point guard Tim Frazier is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Frazier, a preseason first-team All-Big Ten pick, led the Nittany Lions last season in points, rebounds and assists. Penn State was picked 11th in the Big Ten, just ahead of NU. ... NU last played Tulane in the semifinals of the 1996 NIT. ... Tickets are available for as low as $5.
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