Pitt basketball hosted Phoenix (AZ) Hillcrest Prep wing Shamiel Stevenson (6-foot-6 inches, 228 pounds) over the weekend. The muscular and athletic wing proclaimed after the visit, “The situation for me as a player and as a student is almost perfect. I liked everything about the visit.” Two days later he decided pull the trigger and commit to Pitt.
— Shamiel Stevenson (@Sham_God5) January 31, 2017
“After the visit I sat down with my mother and Coach Dwayne Washington (Founder and CEO of Nike UPlay Canada) and we discussed the opportunity at Pitt. It was a ‘no-brainer’ for us,” said Stevenson. “I fit in perfect with his system and next year will be a fresh start with the rebuild of the team. I have an opportunity for playing time my freshman year.”
Stevenson had previously told Pittsburgh Sports Now that his ultimate goal was to play in the NBA. He felt that Kevin Stallings would greatly assist him getting to the next level. “As for my freshman season, I want to make the All-ACC rookie team,” he added. “I know Pitt will be rebuilding. I want to be part of the group of get them back into the NCAA tournament.”
“When I spoke with Coach Stallings, he said I made his day. I’m really excited to be a Pitt Panther.”
Stevenson is the 5th player to join the Panthers’ class of 2017. He joins Fairfax (VA) Paul VI guard Aaron Thompson, Tilton (NH) Tilton School PF/C Terrell Brown, Montverde (FL) Montverde Academy guard Marcus Carr and Niceville (FL) Northwest Florida State College wing Jared ‘The Beard’ Wilson-Frame.