We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Shane Fernald of Hickory Ridge High School.
We’ve seen Fernald countless times, including at our NC Phenom 150 Camp prior to the season, where we stated, “Finishing up, we look at a player that truly knows how to affect all facets of the game, Shane Fernald. He’s a well-rounded forward prospect with an advanced physical frame and pretty solid athleticism. Offensively, Fernald can score on all three levels and operates well on the perimeter and inside the arc. He has an excellent feel for the game and possesses terrific long-term potential. Next in his development process is working on his consistency as a shooter off the dribble, as it would allow him to dominate opponents on offense. Coach Harrillon Fernald: “Shane is a young post player that has a good feel for the game. He can step out and shoot the ball well from beyond the arc. Shane needs to work on controlling the paint on both ends of the floor. He has the potential and tools to become a very good college player. The way he can pull an opposing big man out of the paint is impressive. Shane will work hard for his coach and gives good energy. The sky can be the limit for this young player.” Fernald is just beginning to realize his upside and should certainly continue improving over the next four seasons.”
Fernald is a very skilled, versatile player at the forward position. He’s an exceptional passer and overall playmaker with nice rebounding instincts and the ability to push in transition. Fernald is a matchup problem for most opposing forwards, as he can effectively toggle between the paint and perimeter. He makes smart decisions with the ball in his hands and plays consistently hard on both ends of the floor. It’s still early, but expect Fernald to start collecting scholarships over the next few years—as he certainly has a place at the next level.