FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Having already racked up the most wins in a single season since the turn of the century, Nova Southeastern and head coach Jim Crutchfield are carrying their on-court success onto the recruiting trail, as the 2019 class continues to mold into quite the impressive group.
Joining previous signees Jake Maranville and Tommy Sala, the Sharks officially landed two more prized pieces this week in Shane Hunter and Bryce Schneider.
At 6-foot-9, Hunter offers Crutchfield a bit more size than he’s been accustomed to since taking over the Nova Southeastern program in 2017. The local product by way of St. Thomas Aquinas demonstrates touch from the inside out, and has the ability to run the floor. As a senior, Hunter has averaged 12 points and nine rebounds, and this past December, was named to the Kreul Classic All-Tournament Team. Hunter is the youngest of three brothers to play collegiately.
What Coach Crutchfield is saying: “We haven’t had a guy with his size because we require all of our players to be multi-skilled. They have to be able to handle and pass the ball. Sometimes, guys of his size don’t have those skills. That’s not the case with Shane. It’s great to have a local guy from Parkland, Fla., and as both a student and an athlete, he’s going to be a great fit for our system.”
Hunter’s thoughts on signing with NSU: “There were too many pros to turn down the opportunity to become an NSU Shark – a chance to attend a prestigious school, a chance to play for an amazing program and coaching staff, as well as the ability to stay home in South Florida for the next four years.”
Schneider, meanwhile, will help fill the presumable voids left by seniors David Dennis and Dwayne Gibson following the 2018-19 season. A 6-foot-5 lefty, Schneider is a heady player that finishes well at the rim, and can plug into positions one through four on the court. The son of former Virginia Tech standout, Jeff, and brother of two former collegiate players, Kevin and David, Schneider appeared in four games this season for the Richmond Spiders before deciding to transfer. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
What Coach Crutchfield is saying: “Bryce comes from a great basketball family that I’ve known for pretty much my entire life. He’s a good match for our system because of his understanding of the game. He’s a good team player and is a multi-skilled guy that can play multiple positions. We’re excited to have him here.”
Schneider’s thoughts on signing with NSU: “I wanted to be a part of something very special at NSU. Coach Crutch, the staff, and the team made me feel like I was family. My dream is to compete for national titles, and I think I can do it here at NSU.”
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