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#31 Shavon Shields
Position: Guard
Other Position: Forward
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 219
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Olathe, Kan.
High School: Northwest
Experience: 1 Letter
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Career Honors

  • 2013-14 Co-Captain
  • Denmark U20 National Team (2013)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (2/25/13)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (1/21/13)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012, 2013; Spring 2013)
  • Third on NU's single-season freshman list for rebounds per game (5.1 in 2012-13)

2013-14 (Outlook)
Shavon Shields (pronounced sha-VON) returns as one of the cornerstones to the 2013-14 Huskers. As a true freshmen, Shields overcame a preseason elbow injury to move into the starting lineup for most of his freshman year. He posted eight double-figure efforts on the season, including a 29-point performance in a win at Penn State and 19 points and 13 rebounds in a loss to No. 8 Michigan State. Shields continues to grow into his frame, adding an inch and bulking up to 219 pounds and has worked hard to expand his game. More importantly, he has emerged as one of the team leaders early in his career and quickly earned the respect of his teammates and coaches for the way he approaches the game and a thirst for improvement.

Summer 2013
Shields spent part of the summer with the Denmark U-20 National Team, leading the country to the championship of the 2013 Nordic Championship. He averaged 13.3 points per game in wins over Sweden, Finland and Estonia, capping the tournament with a 17-point, 12-rebound effort in a 101-94 double overtime win over Estonia. Shields had nine points in the opener against Sweden and 14 points in the victory over host Finland.

2012-13 (Freshman)
Shields emerged as one of the cornerstones of the Huskers' rebuilding project under Tim Miles as a true freshman. Shields played in 29 games and averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 47 percent from the wing. Shields proved his mettle in the Big Ten, ranking in the top eight among all conference freshmen in scoring, rebounding and steals (0.8 spg). Shields reached double figures in scoring eight times while leading NU in scoring three times and eight times in rebounding.

Shields played some of his best basketball in the Big Ten Tournament, averaging a team-high 16.5 ppg on 61 percent shooting and 5.5 rebounds per game. He led NU in scoring with a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds and a pair of steals in a 57-55 win over Purdue in the first round on March 14 before totaling 14 points and five rebounds in a quarterfinal loss to No. 10 Ohio State the following day.

Shields, who started every Big Ten game but the conference opener, ranked among the league's top freshmen in scoring (9.2 ppg, seventh), rebounding (6.0 rpg, second), field goal percentage (45.0 pct., seventh), 3-point shooting 42.3 pct, second) and steals (0.9). A two-time Big Ten freshman of the week, Shields was 11th in the conference in rebounding, while raising nearly all of his numbers from non-conference play. His biggest contributions came on the boards, as he grabbed at least five rebounds in seven of the Huskers' last eight contests.

During conference play, Shields reached double figures in scoring five times, including a 17-point, seven-rebound performance in the comeback win over Iowa on Feb. 23. He earned Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors for the second time on the season for his performance. Shields collected his first career double-double with a 19-point, 13-rebound effort against No. 8 Michigan State on Feb. 16, the first double-double by a Husker freshman since the 2004-05 season.  He set career highs in consecutive games in January, highlighted by a 29-point effort at Penn State on Jan. 19. Shields hit 10-of-11 shots from the field and went 8-of-8 from the line in posting the highest scoring effort by a Husker freshman since 2007 (Ryan Anderson at Hawaii). Shields also had team bests in both rebounds (six) and steals (three) to help NU to its first Big Ten win. On Jan. 16 against Purdue, Shields became the first Husker freshman in three years to lead the team in scoring with a then-career-best 18 points and eight rebounds. For his performances against the Nittany Lions and Boilermakers, Shields was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week. It was the first time since 2009 that a Husker freshman was honored by the league. He averaged 23.5 points on 73 percent shooting and 7.0 rebounds per game in the two games.

During non-conference play, Shields played in just one of the Huskers' first six games because of elbow surgery in October before returning to the rotation in December. He set season bests in scoring in three straight non-conference games (Creighton, Oregon and Jacksonville State), capping the run with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting against JSU. He played a major role in NU's runner-up finish at the Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, averaging 5.5 points on 55 percent shooting and 7.0 rebounds in games against Central Michigan and UTEP.

Before Nebraska
Shields came to Nebraska after being one of the top players in the Kansas City area throughout his prep career.  Shields joined Kentucky signee Willie Cauley-Stein as Olathe Northwest’s first-ever Division I signees in November of 2011. Shields totaled 1,068 points in his three-year career at the school and finished as the school’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, free throws, field goals, steals and rebounds.

As a senior, Shields was a consensus first-team Class 6A selection in Kansas after averaging 21.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for Coach Michael Grove at Olathe Northwest High School.  He shot 60 percent from the floor, including 43 percent from 3-point range, in helping the Ravens to a 20-2 record and an appearance in the sub-state finals. Shields helped Olathe Northwest to an unblemished record in league play, earning Sunflower Conference MVP honors. In addition, he earned second-team all-class honors from the Topeka Capital Journal and Wichita Eagle, a first-team all-metro selection by the Kansas City Star and was a finalist for the DiRenna Award, signifying the top player in the Kansas City metro area.

As a junior, Shields was a second-team all-Class 6A honoree and a first-team All-Sunflower Conference selection, as he averaged 17 points and six rebounds a game. His efforts helped the Ravens finish 17-5 and fall one game shy of reaching the 2011 state tournament. A three-star selection by Rivals, he was rated as the No. 6 prospect in the state of Kansas by ESPN.com. Shields transferred into Olathe Northwest for his sophomore year, earning Sunflower League Newcomer-of-the-Year accolades. He also starred playing AAU ball for the MoKan Elite and Coach Rodney Perry.

An outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA, Shields was on the honor roll throughout high school and a National Honor Society member.

Personal
Shavon is the son of Will and Senia Shields and was born on June 5, 1994, in Overland Park, Kan.  Shavon’s father, Will, was one of the greatest linemen in Nebraska and NFL history, as he was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection and was one of 15 finalists in the NFL Hall of Fame in both 2012 and 2013. At Nebraska, Shields won the Outland Trophy in 1992 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Shavon has one older sister, Sanayika, who plays basketball at Drury, and a younger brother, Solomon.  Shavon selected Nebraska over Texas Tech, Oregon State, Weber State, Long Beach State and Wyoming. Shavon majors in microbiology.

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Year  gp-gs  min  avg  fg  fga  pct  fg  fga  pct  ft  fta  pct  off  def  tot  avg  pf  fo  ast  t/o  blk  stl  pts  avg 
2012-13   28-19  804  28.7  89  189  .471  14  39  .359  48  71  .676  34  110  144  5.1  87  25  47  23  240  8.6 
TOTAL  28-19  804  28.7  89  189  .471  14  39  .359  48  71  .676  34  110  144  5.1  87  25  47  23  240  8.6 
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