BREAKING: Former Tiger Robert Shaw Declares for the 2015 NBA Draft
After spending one year at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, Class of 2014 Former Tiger Robert Shaw has decided to forgo the final three years of his collegiate career and enter his name in the 2015 NBA Draft to be held on June 25th in New York.
After much deliberation with family, friends, and coaches, Shaw made the decision to become a “one and done” collegiate player and move on to the next level. He believes his draft stock will never be higher than it is now, and according to NBA scouts, he has a legitimate shot to crack the top ten.
“I considered all my options, and I have arrived at the conclusion that I need to capitalize on this opportunity and see where it takes me,” Shaw explained. “I sincerely thank Coach [Kevin] Klein at St. X and Coach [Clark] Sheehy at SBU for all the time and effort they put in to improving me both as a player and a person. Without them, as well my assistant coaches and teammates throughout the years, I would not be in this position today.”
Shaw arrived on campus at SBU, which competes in NCAA Division II athletics, last fall after a sterling career at St. X. He was a four-year varsity player (three-year starter) and became the first 1,000-point scorer at St. X since 1992. He will always be remembered for his wizardry with the ball, possessing any dribble move you could think of and elite agility and athleticism. One of his biggest highlights as a Tiger was against DeSales during his senior season, when he poured in a career-high 38 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, to lead St. X to a 77-73 overtime win.
Southwest Baptist’s season recently came to an end after a 90-74 defeat at the hands of the University of Nebraska-Kearney in the first round of the MIAA Tournament. The Bearcats finished the season with a record of 11-18, with Shaw playing a big role as a freshman. He came off the bench in all 29 games and averaged 5.4 points, 2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game in just under 20 minutes a game. Although the stats don’t jump off of the page, scouts and coaches who saw Shaw in person were left salivating over his ability to beat defenders off the dribble and score from anywhere on the court. Although he will certainly need to work judiciously to fill out his 6′, 160-pound frame, people around the NBA believe his elite physical tools will yield a high ceiling for what Shaw could become in the future.
Scouts generally see Shaw as the second best left-handed point guard of all potential prospects, behind Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell. It’s a tad too early to project a concrete range where Shaw could be taken with many prominent players yet to make a decision, but ESPN’s Chad Ford says he should be right in the thick of the lottery.
“It’s tough to say at this point, but Shaw definitely projects well in this draft,” Ford explained. “I see him most likely fighting with Louisville’s Terry Rozier for the second guard taken off the board. They’re both ultra-athletic players with a propensity for scoring, so it will be interesting to see where the draft process takes them.”
The 2015 NBA Draft Combine, which begins May 12th in Chicago, will be a huge opportunity for Shaw to showcase his athletic ability in front of NBA executives. If he tests well, it will only be a matter of time before he starts climbing up boards around the Association.
From all of us here at WSTX Sports, Good Luck Robert!