High School Basketball

Ex-Irmo standout aims to add more interest

Devontae Shuler already has his share of college offers and interest, but hopes to add to that list after his week at the Peach Jam is done.

The former Irmo standout is playing for TeamCP3 out of North Carolina at the 21st annual event at Riverview Park Athletic Center.

“I feel like after this week I will be able to pick up some more offers. I’m always open,” Shuler said.

Shuler, a shooting guard, is a four-star recruit and ranked in the top 100 of all the major recruiting services for the Class of 2017. His offers include South Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State and Southern Cal. He says he also is getting interest from Georgetown, North Carolina Virginia Tech and Virginia. Coaches from all those schools have been in attendance for at least one of his games so far this week.

Shuler played last season at Oak Hill Academy after transferring from Irmo. He returned to the Midlands and earned all-tournament honors as Oak Hill won the championship at the Chick-fil-A Classic in December.

For the season, Shuler, averaged 10 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists as the Warriors win the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

“The chemistry we had was something and winning a national championship was a goal to achieve,” Shuler said. “Going to Oak Hill and being away from home, I look at is preparing me for college life, staying in a dorm and having my priorities right. … It is the place for me to be.”

Shuler plans to return to Oak Hill for his senior year but kept tabs on his old team Irmo as it advanced to the Class 4A championship game. While he has ruled out a return to the Midlands for his high school career, he hasn’t ruled out one to play his college ball.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin visited Shuler at Oak Hill in April. Gamecocks assistant Perry Clark and Clemson’s Brad Brownell watched him play Thursday.

“South Carolina, it’s my hometown and they are in my top five,” Shuler said. “And Clemson is an hour-and-a-half from home, so they will be up there, too.”

Shuler said he will start making some official visits closer to the start of high school basketball season and plans to announce his college choice in the spring.

Shuler played well during the first three days of the event, which wraps up Sunday. He is averaging 14.5 points through the first four games and is hitting 52 percent from the field, including 44.4 from 3-point range. But it’s on the defensive end where he has made college coaches take notice.

Shuler has guarded the likes of Hamidou Diallo and Lonnie Walker during the tournament. Both are ranked in the top 15 of the Class of 2017.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Shuler is averaging 3.2 steals a game and had five in TeamCP3’s opener Wednesday night.

“If I’m not scoring the ball, you got to always play defense and defense creates offense,” Shuler said. “That is one of the best things I could I do. I try to be the best defender I can be.”