The First Team All-American senior season Trayce Jackson-Davis had creates an intriguing opportunity at IU for centers in the transfer portal.
On Monday afternoon, Virginia center Kadin Shedrick put his name in the portal, and don’t be surprised if Indiana is a key player in his recruitment.
The 6-foot-11 Shedrick started 15 of 30 games for the Cavaliers and averaged 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game in 2022-23. He shot 64.7 percent from the field and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. To this point in his career, Shedrick has not been a 3-point shooter. He’s made just 1 of 7 attempts from long range.
Shedrick has a shot chart similar to Jackson-Davis, with 79.4 of his attempts coming at the rim where he converts at a 76.5 percent clip. His efficiency drops off considerably away from the rim.
It has to be noted, Shedrick’s role diminished mid-season for Virginia, as head coach Tony Bennett went to a small-ball approach that left the veteran center as the odd man out. He did play well in the ACC Tournament, and Shedrick returned to the starting five and recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ first round NCAA Tournament loss.
Shedrick could be a really good fit at Indiana to replace the rim protection void created by Jackson-Davis’ departure. He ranked fifth in the ACC in blocked shots (1.4 bpg). His 10.5 percent block rate is actually higher than Jackson-Davis’ 2022-23 rate. He’s been reported to have a 7-foot plus wingspan, and Shedrick moves well for his size.
In 2021-22, Shedrick was named to the All-ACC Academic Team. He played 35 games with 19 starts and averaged 6.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots. He had a limited role in his first season (2020-21).
From Holly Springs High School (Holly Springs, N.C.), Shedrick was a national top-70 four-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite. Indiana was involved in his recruitment out of the high schools ranks in the class of 2019. They offered him a scholarship in 2018. He was also recruited by Louisville, Providence, Xavier, Wake Forest, Florida, and Wisconsin out of high school.
Shedrick redshirted his 2019-20 freshman season at Virginia and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Update: According to Indy Star, Shedrick has a Zoom call scheduled with Indiana for Wednesday.
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