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NCAA clears Wichita State transfer Grant Sherfield to play for Nevada this year

Grant Sherfield
Grant Sherfield has been approved to play for Nevada this season. (Wichita State athletics)

The Nevada basketball team got some huge news Friday.

Wichita State transfer Grant Sherfield's waiver to play this season was approved, adding firepower to the Wolf Pack's backcourt, which, on paper, was the team's weakest point.

Sherfield, who played as a true freshman at Wichita State last season, will likely step right into the Wolf Pack's starting lineup. A 6-foot-2 combo guard, Sherfield averaged 8.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season. He made 35.3 percent of his shots, including 30.4 percent of his threes, while appearing in 30 games, including 12 starts.

Sherfield originally committed to UCLA out of high school to play for current Nevada head coach Steve Alford but was released from his national letter of intent after Alford was fired. He eventually signed with Wichita State and was part of a large wave of players to leave the Shockers' program this offseason.

"Grant had initially committed to us at UCLA, so he and the family have an established relationship with me," Alford said in a news release when announcing Sherfield's addition in April. "I'm excited to have him in the beginning of our culture building. He's a tremendous individual with a great work ethic. He stands for all the things we want in a student-athlete. This is a huge addition to our program."

Sherfield's best game last season came in a 84-66 win over Abilene Christian when he recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, both season highs. He was perfect from the field, making all six field-goal attempts. He reached double-figures in scoring in 10 games.

As a high school senior, he played for Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kan., and averaged a team-high 15.6 points per game to help the team to a 22-6 record. The Buffalos made their first appearance in the GEICO Nationals. In the quarterfinals, he scored a team-high 13 points in the loss to IMG Academy that went on to win the title.

Prior to attending Sunrise Christian Academy, he attended North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Texas. He averaged 24.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists helping the Panthers to a 31-6 record in 2017-18. The team advanced to the 6A Region 1 Tournament semifinals. In the season-ending loss to Allen High School, he netted 27 points.

He earned class 6A All-State, second-team All-USA Texas Boys Basketball by the USA Today, Dallas News SportsDayHS first team all-area, district co-MVP, district offensive player of the year, first-team all-district and first-team all-region recognition. He was honored for his work in the classroom being named to the District 4-6A All-Academic team. He broke the school record with nine made threes in a game and 132 3-pointers made during the season.

Nevada lost four starters this offseason, including guards Lindsey Drew, Jazz Johnson and Jalen Harris. The Mountain West sixth man of the year, Nisre Zouzoua, also was a guard. Seemingly strong in the frontcourt, Nevada needed immediate help in the backcourt, which Sherfield should be able to add. He should pair with Brown transfer Desmond Cambridge in Nevada's backcourt and take some of the sting away from Harris declaring for the NBA draft after his junior season. Sherfield has three seasons of eligibility at Nevada.

The Wolf Pack's season opener is scheduled for Nov. 10, although it seems likely the college basketball season won't start until Nov. 25 at the earliest. The NCAA Division I Council is expected to meet Sept. 16 to vote on when to start the season.

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