University of North Carolina transfer center Will Shaver became the latest piece of a stellar recruiting class put together by UAB men’s basketball head coach Andy Kennedy and his staff. Shaver, a 6-foot-10 former Oak Mountain High standout, signed with the Blazers on Thursday.  

“We are excited to welcome Will back home to Birmingham as a member of Blazer Basketball,” UAB head coach Andy Kennedy said in a press release. “At 6’10, Will brings a unique skill set to our front court. His versatility puts him in a position to make an immediate impact next season.”

Shaver enrolled at North Carolina in January of 2021 and was part of a Tar Heel team that lost to Kansas in the national championship. This past season, Shaver played in three games for North Carolina before being sidelined for the remainder of the season with a broken foot. He entered the transfer portal following the season.

During his portal recruitment, Shaver originally committed and signed a financial aid agreement with Belmont University on April 25. Earlier this week, Shaver announced on social media that he would not attend Belmont and reopened his recruitment. Shaver didn’t take long to announce he was returning home.

Shaver, who can score inside and outside, led Oak Mountain to the school’s first AHSAA Class 7A boys’ basketball state title in 2021. The Eagles won the state championship at Bartow Arena. Shaver averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds in his high school career and was a two-time all-state selection.

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