Nevada’s Grant Sherfield has shades of UConn’s Khalid El-Amin


This week’s under the radar player watch is Grant Sherfield of Nevada.

The Nevada Wolfpack are off to a nice start to the 2020-21 season going 8-3 through their first 11 games.

Guiding the way for Nevada is 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Grant Sherfield who leads the team with 17.2 points per game along with 5.3 assists.

The Fort Worth, TX native doesn’t exactly blow you away with size or athleticism when you walk into the gym. However, looks can be deceiving and when you see Sherfield play for two minutes it becomes instantly obvious that he is a damn good player and a step ahead of everybody on the court.

For the old school college basketball fan, Sherfield’s game evokes memories of UConn legend Khalid El-Amin who led the Huskies to the 1999 NCAA championship and went on to be a second round pick of the Chicago Bulls.

Sherfield is in his first season at Nevada after transferring from Wichita State where he played in 30 games as a freshman under Gregg Marshall averaging 8.1 points per game. Wichita State became a tire fire under Marshall last season with allegations of player abuse and half the roster transferring out which eventually led to the (cough) resignation of Marshall.

Coming out of high school, Sherfield was rated as a 4-star recruit by ESPN and ranked No.80 in the country. He had offers from the likes of Kansas, Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma State and several more and originally committed to play for UCLA where current Nevada head coach Steve Alford was employed. With Alford eventually leaving UCLA, Sherfield switched his commitment to Wichita State but it was his previous relationship with Alford that allowed him a new opportunity at Nevada.

Sherfield is smooth, creative and deceptively quick; just like El-Amin was for UConn in the 90’s.

Look for Sherfield to be in the mix for All-Conference selection in the Mountain West and to become a pillar for Alford as he looks to continue Nevada’s success that was built under previous head coach Eric Musselman.

* Article was originally posted Jan 17 ,2021 but had to be re-posted due to our server crashing.