Four-star wing Shane Nowell will announce his decision Saturday per StockRisers.com and the Wildcats are the favorite, according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, as all five predictions have him picking Arizona.
The 6-foot-5 Washington native also holds offers from Kansas, Washington State, Oklahoma, Montana, Montana State and Washington, where his older brother Jaylen played for two seasons before being selected in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
If the younger Nowell picks Arizona he will be UA’s third 2021 commitment, joining four-star combo guard K.J. Simpson and four-star shooting guard Shane Dezonie, who committed to the Wildcats last weekend.
Nowell is ranked higher than both of them. He is the No. 85 player and No. 19 shooting guard in the 2021 class, per 247Sports composite rankings. The lefty is also the No. 4 player in Washington, a state Arizona is recruiting hard now that Seattle native Jason Terry is on staff.
“What will play into my decision is location, what can the coaching staff do to put me in the best situation to improve and eventually get drafted. Also, opportunity for playing time and who will be my teammates,” Nowell told EndlessMotor.net. “Luckily I have a brother that has been through the college process and currently going through the NBA process. It’s a blessing because it has increased my knowledge on how to approach each of these factors.”
Nowell attends Eastside Catholic in Sammamish, Washington, where as a sophomore (I couldn’t find his junior year stats), he averaged 12.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3.
“I believe the strongest parts of my game are the ability to create for myself and teammates, finishing around the rim, my pull-up, getting downhill in transition and being a player with a high IQ,” he told EndlessMotor. “Also, a great defender that will pick up full court and guard 1-4.”
You can see that for yourself in his junior year highlights: