It wouldn't have come as a surprise if Shavon Shields grew up a massive Nebraska fan. After all, the newest Husker's father, Will Shields, was one of the school's all-time football greats before going on to make 12 pro bowls as an offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Instead, the 6-foot-5 small forward from Olathe (Kan.) Northwest grew up a fan of another program before Doc Sadler's Huskers stepped in.
"It just kind of happened," said Shields of Nebraska's courtship of him. "I actually grew up a Texas fan believe it or not, but Nebraska just started recruiting me and it happened.
"It feels really good. I'm really excited about it, I'm happy."
Headed into the summer, Shields had been primarily targeted by mid-major programs. But, after a big July with MoKan Elite, Shields began to see high major attention and Nebraska moved quickly to get him on campus and secure his commitment.
"When I went there I met the rest of the coaches and the players," Shields told Rivals.com of his visit to Lincoln. "The people are all great and nice people. The academic support stuff was great and they've got a whole new facility that they are building. It seems the program is headed in the right direction, so I felt it was the place for me."
A good shooter from deep, Shields has benefited from added strength and being able to drive with physicality. However, when asked to assess where he fits in on the next level, he's very humble.
"Wherever the team needs me, whatever they tell me to do I'll do it," said Shields. "Defense is probably my strength."
A three-star prospect, Shields joins junior college big man Keith Coleman to make up the Huskers early recruiting class.
While he's ended up at his father's Alma mater, Shields is playing a different sport and feels no pressure to follow in his dad's footsteps.
"No, not at all, there's no pressure," said Shields. "I'm my own person, he was his own person. He created a legacy there but I'm just trying to do my own thing helping Nebraska basketball."