Posted On: 01/23/16 12:32 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A native of Columbia, South Carolina, 2017 point guard Devontae Shuler remains high on the Gamecocks radar despite moving to basketball power house Oak Hill.
A 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard, Shuler was recently in Springfield, Mo. for the prestigious Tournament of Champions, hosted by Missouri State University. He has drawn interest from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Arizona State, South Carolina, Clemson and a host of other ACC schools and holds offers from South Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, USC and others.
Shuler said he has yet to take any official visits and doesn’t have a time frame just yet for narrowing down his list.
“When official visits begin, then I’ll start to narrow my list,” he said.
Shuler might be best known for his elite speed and is an elite ballhandler and shot creator, both for himself and his teammates. But he not only plays at a fast pace, but has the ability to do so while staying under control.
“I play defense and try to keep the tempo up,” Shuler said. “I try to find my teammates on the court. It’s not all about scoring, it’s about playing together and I defer to the team.”
One year after averaging 20 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for Irmo High School, Shuler has seemingly taken his game to another level this year with Oak Hill. One of a host of future high level Division I players on the Warriors, he is averaging 9.9 points and 2.5 rebounds while coming off the Oak Hill bench.
But Shuler has improved his perimeter game to the point where he is among the team leaders in 3-point percentage, shooting 44 percent from long distance.
“I’m trying to keep my (basketball) IQ good and score the basketball when I need to,” Shuler said.
Shuler helped lead the No. 2 ranked Oak Hill Warriors past nationally ranked Seirra Canyon in the championship game of the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions on Jan. 16 at Missouri State University in Springfield.
“I feel like we came to play, it was the championship game and we knew who their star players were and we played together, it wasn’t just one person that was scoring,” Shuler said.