Shamiel Stevenson signed with Nebraska basketball on Friday, becoming the fifth transfer to join the Husker program since Fred Hoiberg was hired.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound wing played two years at Pittsburgh, then transferred at midseason to Nevada. After coach Eric Musselman left Nevada for Arkansas, Stevenson decided to search for a new school.
The former three-star guard from Toronto committed to Nebraska after taking an official visit this week. Nebraska now has three open scholarships, or four if Isaiah Roby decides to stay in the NBA draft.
“We are excited to add Shamiel to our program,” Hoiberg said in a press release. “He brings a lot of versatility and physicality to our roster. With his size, strength and wingspan, Shamiel fits in perfectly in our system with his ability to play several positions. He also possesses the toughness and maturity needed to play in the Big Ten.”
Stevenson scored 8.5 points per game in 23.8 minutes as a freshman at Pitt, adding 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists. That season he shot 50% from the floor and 37% from 3-point range. As a sophomore, Stevenson didn’t see the floor much, a decision coach Jeff Capel never really explained, which led to Stevenson’s departure to Nevada.
He must sit out the first semester of next season, although NU could seek a waiver allowing him to play all season. He’ll have two years of eligibility. He takes the place of Amir Harris or Karrington Davis, two 6-6 wings who were told last week they didn’t have spots on the roster. Five players have left the program since the arrival of Hoiberg — Thomas Allen, Nana Akenten, Brady Heiman, Harris and Davis.
At the same time, Nebraska has added Stevenson, graduate transfer Haanif Cheatham, 3-point shooter Matej Kavas, junior college guard Cam Mack and Western Kentucky transfer Dalano Banton. Another transfer, Jervay Green from Western Nebraska, signed with Tim Miles and stuck with his decision after Hoiberg was hired.
As it stands, Nebraska has 10 players on scholarship, eight of whom are on track to be eligible next season. Banton must sit out one year because of transfer rules. Roby has until May 29 to decide if he’ll return to the team.
Nebraska will not be hosting anyone else on an official visit this weekend. The next potential commitment could come in the middle of next week at the conclusion of the 2019 class signing period.
Kevin Cross, a 6-8, 240-pound high school senior from Little Rock, Arkansas, who visited Nebraska this month, plans to announce his choice Wednesday from among NU, Oklahoma State and TCU. Cross is a low profile recruit — without a 247Sports or Rivals page — but he averaged 29 points per game as a senior, which grabbed the attention of Hoiberg and his staff.
Nebraska is also still waiting to hear from Yvan Ouedraogo, a 6-foot-7 forward from Paris. The 2019 recruit will have to sign somewhere before Wednesday, too. He’s considering Georgia Tech, Nebraska and TCU.