The Nebraska Cornhuskers have really been struggling lately in conference play. The team has lost four out of their last five games, and the Huskers lost pretty easily to the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday night. Granted, the team was without star player Shavon Shields due to a concussion he suffered against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Feb. 6, but it has still been a disappointing run.
Still, even with that said, this period will provide Nebraska fans with a unique perspective into how the team might look next season without Shields.
Shields has been a vital part of Nebraska basketball for the past four years. During his career, he has averaged 13.1 PPG, and 5.5 APG and started becoming a major contributor as a sophomore when Nebraska led its remarkable run back to the NCAA Tournament. He and Terran Petteway formed one of the most dynamic duos in the conference in 2013-14 and were pivotal in Nebraska's success for the last few years.
Most Huskers fans were hoping that success would have continued last season, but the team failed to find their groove last season. Shields has always played a big role for Nebraska basketball, and seeing that this is his senior season, he was called on even more to lead the team.
This year, Shields and Andrew White III formed a pretty good duo on the offensive end. White transferred from the Kansas Jayhawks and he has made an impact right away as the Huskers' go-to scorer. Both Shields and White could not push the Huskers to become a pretty good Big Ten team and it is certainly time to kiss their NCAA tournament hopes goodbye, and soon it will be time to say goodbye to their senior leader Shavon Shields.
Nebraska Fans Should Give Shields A Proper Farewell
Shields last home game will come against the Purdue Boilermakers on March 1 and hopefully that will be a day when the Huskers can capture one last big home victory for Shields. The 6-foot-7 combo-forward has been awesome for four seasons in Lincoln and his game is going to be hard to replace because of how versatile he is on both ends of the floor. He can post you up, he can hit the mid-range jumper and he can even step out and knock down shots from deep. Shields also always gives 100 percent in every game, even when the going gets tough which is why he is so valuable
Shields will not make an NBA roster next season, maybe he will play overseas, and if basketball is not in his future, everyone knows that he will be just fine because he is really intelligent guy. Nebraska fans should really take time and thank Shields for a memorable four-years because he has been a treat to watch. Nebraska fans should not take Shields for granted, it might take a long time to find a player that has it all-together like Shields. On and off the court, he has honestly been a class act and he is respected by everyone around the Big Ten.
Shields career is going to come to a close this season, and Nebraska fans should not forget what he has done for this program. Hopefully he will be back on the court for Nebraska's next home game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.