Mississippi has established itself as a consistently above-average SEC basketball operation, but NCAA tournaments have not been commonplace. On Monday, though, the program landed one of the best guards in the country that should help the Rebels’ prospects in future Marches.
Four-star combo guard Devontae Shuler committed to Ole Miss today, spurning offers from several higher-profile schools to do so, Will Sammon of the Clarion-Ledger reports. Andy Kennedy has now landed a player 247Sports.com tabs as a four-star prospect and a top-100 national recruit.
The Oak Hill Academy (S.C.) senior received scholarship proposals from Oklahoma State, USC, South Carolina, Miami, Clemson and Wake Forest but has committed to come to Oxford, Miss., where its college hoops team has made exactly one Sweet 16 in a program history that predates the NCAA tournament.
Shuler joins three-star rising senior shooting guard Parker Stewart, who committed out of Union City High School in Tennessee in September, along with 7-foot Drake transfer Dominik Olejniczak as players who will join the Rebels in 2017. Olejniczak must sit out this season. Ole Miss also will likely sign a wing and a power forward for the 2017 class, Sammon reports.
Shuler will be the first four-star recruit to pledge his future services to Kennedy’s program since Dundrecous Nelson in 2010, per Sammon. On an Oak Hill team filled with star power, Shuler averaged just 10.1 points per game as a junior but should have a great chance at topping those numbers as a senior. Nevertheless, many big schools saw enough to offer Shuler, who also generated interest from North Carolina and Louisville.
As Kennedy enters his 11th season, his Rebels have only made two NCAA brackets, in 2015 and ’13. But he’s won at least 20 games in eight of the 10 seasons he’s presided over the program. Shuler figures to give the Rebels an additional boost next fall.