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2016 NBA Draft Player Breakdown: Shavon Shields

Shavon Shields became a great leader for the Nebraska Cornhuskers over the course of four years. Shields probably won't here his name called on draft night, but he might end up getting signed as an undrafted free agent.

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers did not have a very good season this year in college basketball, and now they have to say goodbye to their senior leader in Shavon Shields. He played meaningful minutes for the Cornhuskers throughout his four-year career. Shields can score in a variety of ways on the offensive end, and he can stretch the floor in the frontcourt because he has the ability to step out and knock down the deep shot. Shields averaged 16.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and he shot 47 percent from the floor this past year.

Shields was the senior leader for the Huskers this past season, and he will certainly be missed in Lincoln. Now, Shields is not looking like an NBA draft pick right now, and to be honest, he probably will not be drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. He could get a summer-league contract or he could be signed as an undrafted free agent, but there are a lot of power forwards and small forwards in this draft that are more valuable than Shields. Shields can do a lot of things to help a basketball team, but one huge problem with his game is that he is undersized for the power forward position at the next level. He is 6-foot-7, which is too small for the power forward position at the next level (unless he is the next Draymond Green..) and he does not have what it takes to be a small forward at the next level because he is not quick enough.

Shields does not really have a definitive position at the next level, which is big reason why he probably won't get drafted.

Shields's Draft Outlook

Shields is not looking like a player that might play overseas next season if he decides to continue his basketball career. He has great offensive skills and is very versatile on that end of the floor, but he does not have a actually position. He is too slow to be a small forward in the NBA and he is too small to be a power forward. Shields is not a great defender either and he will not be able to really guard either position too well because of his size and speed.

Not many NBA teams are going to take a chance on Shields for those reasons, but some teams might take a chance on him because of his character. He is a great team leader, and he gives it his all on every possession, which is certainly something teams could love.


In the end, Shields probably won't be in an NBA uniform next season, but that does not mean his basketball career is over. Shields could go overseas to play basketball. Shields had a really impressive career at Nebraska and he was respected by almost every team in the Big Ten because he gave it his all on every possession, and he will be missed at Nebraska and he will be missed by the Big Ten. Watch the highlights below to see his journey from when he was a kid all the way up until his senior season at Nebraska.

One thing is for sure, Shields is going to be successful in whatever he does, whether it is basketball related or not.