The Arizona Wildcats have landed their second recruit—and second Shane—in as many weeks after receiving a commitment from 4-star guard Shane Nowell on Saturday.
His pledge comes six days after the Wildcats landed fellow 4-star guard Shane Dezonie, quelling any concerns about their ability to recruit after receiving a reportedly severe Notice of Allegations from the NCAA that they intend to fight.
Dezonie is the No. 86 player in the 2021 class and Nowell is one spot above him at No. 85. The Wildcats also have a commitment from K.J. Simpson, a combo guard ranked just outside the Top 100.
The 6-foot-5 Washington native picked Arizona over 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.
Nowell attends Eastside Catholic in Sammamish, Washington, an area that Jason Terry is recruiting heavily now that he’s on Arizona’s coaching staff.
Nowell described his game to ScoreBookLive as a “facilitator who likes to get others involved. An improved shooter as well as defender. Also an outstanding rebounder.”
He said similar things in an interview with EndlessMotor.net.
“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 said. “Also, a great defender that will pick up full court and guard 1-4.”
Here are a bunch of Nowell’s highlights: