Weber Announces the Signings of McGuirl, Shadd

Pronunciation Guide: MICK-girl

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of high school standouts Mike McGuirl (Ellington, Conn./East Catholic) and Nigel Shadd (Chandler, Ariz./Tri-City Christian Academy) on the first day of the Fall National Signing Period on Wednesday.

McGuirl is just the second Wildcat to hail from the state of Connecticut in school history and the first since Marcus McCollough (Danbury/Olney Central Community College, 1996-98), while Shadd is the third player from Arizona and the first since Adam Lopez (Glendale, 1997-98).

“We are excited to welcome Mike and Nigel to our program,” said Weber. “They are not only very talented basketball players, but they fit the mold of the type of player we always strive to attract at K-State. They are all good quality individuals from great families who receive excellent instruction for outstanding high school and summer league programs. In addition, they all have a winning mentality having been a part of highly successful high school programs with a combined three state championships between them.”

The duo went a combined 46-4 during their respective junior seasons in 2015-16 with McGuirl’s East Catholic squad winning the Connecticut Class L State Championship and Shadd’s Tri-City Christian Academy team falling in the state championship game. McGuirl also helped the Eagles to the Connecticut Class M title as a freshman in 2014, while Shadd also won a Charter Athletic Association state championship in 2014. 

“We felt like we needed to get more athleticism in this class with the graduation of both Wes (Iwundu) and D.J. (Johnson),” said Weber. “Nigel brings a lot of the same qualities as D.J., with his athleticism and physicality in the low post, but is a little more skilled at this point in his development. Mike is a great compliment to both Barry (Brown) and Kamau (Stokes) in our program as he can play both spots. He’s not only a talented 3-point shooter, but a very adept ball handler.”

The two signees would replace the impending graduations of seniors Carlbe Ervin II, Wesley Iwundu and D.J. Johnson, who all would complete their eligibility in 2016-17. The Wildcats still have two scholarships available for the 2017-18 season and are expected to sign one player during the Fall period.

Mike McGuirl
6-2 // 175 // G
Ellington, Conn.
High School: East Catholic (coached by Luke Reilly)
AAU: Connecticut Basketball Club 
Primary Recruiter: Chester Frazier

Rated the No. 4 recruit in the state of Connecticut and the No. 19 overall recruit in all of New England by the New England Recruiting Report.
Has helped East Catholic High School post a 64-15 record the past three seasons, which includes CIAC State Championships in 2014 (Class M) and 2016 (Class L) and state semifinal appearance in 2015 (Class M).
Led the Eagles to a 26-3 overall record and the 2016 Class L State Championship as a junior, posting a team-high 16 points on 5-of-7 field goals to go with 3 steals and 3 rebounds in the 62-51 win over Middletown in the title game.
Named First Team Class L All-State by the Connecticut High School Basketball Coaches Association as well as by the New Haven [Conn.] Register… Selected to the Fab 15 All-Courant Team by the Hartford Courant.
Averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in 2015-16… Posted a quadruple-double in a game vs. Manchester, posting 22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.
Played most of the season with a mask after sustaining multiple facial fractures while being fouled during a game in early January 2016.
Played for the Connecticut Basketball Club, where he averaged 11.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting, including 44.6 percent from 3-point range, with 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

East Catholic High School Head Coach Luke Reilly:
“Simply stated Mike McGuirl is a winner. He is a dynamic player that can score in a multitude of ways. He has unlimited range, a deadly pull-up game and can finish above the rim with flare and style. His athletic ability is only surpassed by his high character and the positive impact that he has had on his school community as a role model and leader. As proud as I am of Mike for his commitment to play for such a prestigious program, I’m more excited that he will be mentored by Coach (Bruce) Weber and his staff.”

Head Coach Bruce Weber:
“As a staff we are always on the lookout for that up-and-coming player and Mike is someone who caught our attention this summer. He really had a nice summer and played with a lot of confidence. He is a versatile, physical guard who can play both positions. He can score in a lot of different ways. He can shoot the 3 and also drive and shoot the pull-up jumper. He already has a solid build and has great physicality. He also comes from a really solid high school program, where the players receive good coaching.”

Nigel Shadd
6-9 // 238 // PF
Chandler, Ariz.
High School: Tri-City Christian Academy (coached by Paul and James Brown)
AAU: Arizona Power Factory (coached by Kenny Mullins
Primary Recruiter: Chester Frazier

Among the Top 5 players in state of Arizona by, and… Has a 7-foot-4 inch wingspan.
Has helped Tri-City Christian Academy post a 61-8 record the past three seasons, which includes a Charter Athletic Association state championship in 2014 and state runner-up finishes in 2015 and 2016.
Averaged 11.5 points on 65.5 percent shooting (342-of-522) in his high school career with 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game game… Already holds the school record for blocked shots (166) and is closing in on the mark for total rebounds… Has 28 career double-doubles, including one triple-double.
Twice named to the Canyon Athletic Association Division III All-State Team (2015, 2016).
Averaged 18.5 points on 69.3 percent shooting (156-of-225) with 14 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game as a junior in helping the Warriors to a 20-1 record and a state runner-up finish in 2015-16… Led the state of Arizona in field goal percentage… His 14.0 rebounds per game average were the second-highest in Arizona and a school record.
Scored in double figures in 17 of 19 games played in 2015-16, including a season-high 32 points on 15-of-18 field goals vs. Heritage Academy (12/1/15) and 13-of-20 field goals vs. Metro Tech… Totaled six 20-point games, including two 30-point contests.
Collected 15 double-doubles as a junior, including a triple-double vs. Skyline Prep (1/14/16) with 24 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks… Also had another 20-20 double-double game vs. Metro Tech (12/15/15) with a season-tying 32 points and 23 rebounds… Reached double-digit rebounds 17 times as a junior in 2015-16 with a season-high 23 boards vs. Metro Tech.
Blocked 4 or more shots 10 times, including a season-best 10 vs. Skyline Prep.
Averaged a double-double as a sophomore in 2014-15 with 15.1 points on 67.4 percent shooting (145-of-215) with 11.6 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game in helping the team to a 19-4 mark… Tallied 13 double-doubles… Scored in double figures 17 times with a season-high 36 points vs. Arizona Compass Prep (2/2/15) on 18-of-24 field goals… Had three 20-point games, including two 30-point outings.

Tri-City Christian Academy Head Coach James Brown:
“Nigel has really come a long way and we are really excited about where he is going. He is a young high school senior (turns 18 in May) so his development and where he can go as a basketball player are just touching the surface. Physically, he already has an NBA-caliber body (at 238 pounds) with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He can run. We like to push the ball and he might be my most conditioned athlete. He’s like a gazelle running up and down the court. It is hard for someone to get passed him and go over the top of him, so he’s a difficult matchup. He is also a rebounding machine (he is closing in on the school record for rebounds) and can really finish around the rim.”

Head Coach Bruce Weber:
“We feel like Nigel is a perfect replacement for D.J. (Johnson) with a similar body. He is very strong and athletic and will give us a tremendous presence on the inside. He is very physical in the post and a big-time rebounder. He just loves to rebound. He also plays very hard. We feel like his best basketball is ahead of him.”