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Pitt transfer Shamiel Stevenson commits to Nevada

Shamiel Stevenson
Shamiel Stevenson is transferring to Nevada. (Twitter)

After nearly landing Shamiel Stevenson last summer, the Wolf Pack finally got their guy.

Stevenson, a 6-foot-6 guard mid-year transfer from Pitt, said Thursday on Twitter he was transferring to Nevada. Following a coaching change at Pitt last offseason, Stevenson announced his intentions to transfer before eventually returning to school to play for new coach Jeff Capel. But after falling out of the rotation this season, Stevenson made the decision to transfer midyear and will join the Wolf Pack for the spring semester next month.

Originally from Toronto, Stevenson was a four-star recruit out of high school, where he played at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, a school the Wolf Pack has mined of late. Stevenson averaged 14.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 blocks in his only season at Hillcrest.

As a freshman at Pitt, Stevenson averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season. He shot 50.5 percent from the field, including 37.5 percent from three. Stevenson got only 8.0 minutes per game this season, tallying 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds a night. He shot 58.3 percent shooting from the field.

"We are extremely excited to add a player like Shamiel to our program," Nevada coach Eric Musselman said in a news release. "At 6-6, 245-pounds, and with his skill set, he will fit right in as a Jordan Caroline-type player. He was one of the best players in the ACC in fouls drawn as a freshman, which is something that has always been a big part of our program, and shot a great percentage from inside and outside of the arc. He is the type of player we can put in multiple mismatch situations offensively because of his size and ability with the ball. We look forward to coaching a player like Shamiel."

Pitt announced three days ago Stevenson was transferring and the Wolf Pack quickly scooped him up, the work the program put in over the summer recruiting Stevenson paying dividends. For whatever reason, Stevenson did not mesh with Capel. After averaging nearly 24 minutes per game last season, he played a total of 32 minutes in four games this year, chipping in 16 points with seven rebounds.

When asked about Stevenson's lack of playing time this season, Capel told reporters last month he needed his players to play with energy every single day. Until Saturday's rout over Maryland Eastern Shore, Stevenson hadn't appeared in six straight games. After Stevenson played 11 minutes in Saturday's win, Capel was asked if he did anything to earn more minutes going forward.

“He played," Capel told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He got more time today. We’ll see what happens going forward.”

Stevenson will slide into the scholarship spot vacated when Vincent Lee requested a transfer earlier this week. Lee, a true freshmen who was redshirting, is transferring at the semester break. Stevenson must sit out a season, which means he would be eligible to join Nevada at the semester break of the 2019-20 season. He will have 2.5 season of eligibility to play with the Wolf Pack.

Stevenson is the second member of Nevada's 2019 recruiting class, joining Eric Parrish, a transfer from Akron who is playing junior-college ball in Louisiana this season. The Wolf Pack has five scholarships remaining in the 2019 class.

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