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Nevada’s Grant Sherfield receives waiver from NCAA, becomes eligible to play in 2020-21

Sherfield received a waiver from the NCAA and will be eligible to play for the 2020-21 season.
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Nevada guard Grant Sherfield has received a waiver from the NCAA, granting him eligibility to play in the 2020-21 season, according to CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

Sherfield, who transferred to Nevada in March from Wichita State, was originally eligible to play starting in the 2021-22 season. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-2 combo guard appeared in 30 games — including 12 starts — for the Shockers last season. Sherfield averaged 8.1 points, three rebounds, 2.9 assists and posted a 1.55 assist-to-turnover ratio in 25.1 minutes per game. He shot 35.3 percent from the floor, including 30.4 percent from 3-point range and 74.4 percent from the stripe. In 17 American Athletic Conference games, he tallied 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

Sherfield reached double-digit scoring ten times — including a career-high 15 points (on 6-of-6 shooting) with 11 rebounds versus Abilene Christian on Dec. 29. He led the team in assists 12 times.

Sherfield joins Desmond Cambridge (Brown transfer) and Khristion Courseault (Pasadena City College transfer), Kane Milling, Gabe Bansuelo and freshmen Je’Lani Clark, Alem Huseinovic and Daniel Foster as the Nevada guards for its 2020-21 season.

A four-star recruit out of Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kan, Sherfield originally committed to UCLA — when current Nevada head coach Steve Alford was UCLA’s head coach. Shortly after Alford was fired, he de-committed and re-opened recruitment. He chose Wichita State over other finalists: Wake Forest and Minnesota.

“Grant had initially committed to us at UCLA, so he and the family have an established relationship with me,” Alford said in April via a news release. “I’m excited to have him in the beginning of our culture building. He’s a tremendous individual with a great work ethic. He stands for all the things we want in a student-athlete. This is a huge addition to our program.”

While at Sunrise Christian Academy — where Sherfield played just his senior year — he averaged a team-high 15.6 points per game to help the team to a 22-6 record. The Buffaloes made their first appearance in the GEICO Nationals. In the quarterfinals, Sherfield scored a team-high 13 points in the loss to eventual-champion IMG Academy.

Prior to attending Sunrise Christian Academy, he attended North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, Texas. He averaged 24.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, helping the Panthers to a 31-6 record in 2017-18. The team advanced to the 6A Region 1 Tournament semifinals. In the season-ending loss to Allen High School, he tallied 27 points.