Pitt Forward Shamiel Stevenson Transfers to Nevada
It didn’t take long for Pitt small forward Shamiel Stevenson to find a new home.
Stevenson, who announced on Monday that he was seeking a transfer from Pitt, announced on Thursday that he’ll be playing at the University of Nevada.
Stevenson, a sophomore, will have to sit out the rest of this season and the first half of the 2019-20 season. He will then be eligible to play in the second half of that season and one more.
Stevenson had seen a significant reduction in minutes from his freshman year at Pitt to his second season. A year ago, he averaged 23.8 minutes per game and was Pitt’s second-second-leading returning scorer with 8.5 points per game.
This season, he had played in just four of Pitt’s 11 games, averaging eight minutes and 3.8 points per game.
Under fourth-yeah head coach Eric Musselman, Nevada has built an entire program on transfers. The Wolfpack, currently ranked No. 6 in the country. The team Musselman built last year had five transfers among its six regulars, and at one point this offseason, they had so many transfers that they were over the scholarship limit and had to send one to Oregon.
Stevenson is from Toronto, but he played his final year of high school basketball at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona. He picked Pitt over offers from Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Miami-Ohio and USC.
Fellow Pitt transfer Peace Ilegomah has not announced where he’ll be playing next year. The Panthers added a walk-on to their roster before they host New Orleans on Thursday. Freshman Onyebuchi Ezeakudo is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound guard from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Good luck to you in your future Shamiel. Two quick questions. Is this walk-on a true freshman? Is he eligible to play immediately? How come he is available at mid-term?
Onye is a true freshman that has been on campus and was a practice player for the team. He is eligible and played last night.