USC Aiken sophomore transfer Shaquan Jules spent exactly a month in the NCAA transfer portal before finding his home at Radford.
“Usually when I talk to Division II or Division I coaches, I talk to the assistant coach instantly but what stood out is that I was talking to the head coach instantly,” Jules explained. “I knew [Radford] was serious about me because the head coach was contacting me…so I kind of felt good about them.”
Jules is the 24th Division II player to transfer to the Division I level this season. In his final season at Aiken, Jules played in 31 games and averaged 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He will have two years of eligibility remaining and once he takes the floor for the his first game at the Division I level, he’ll be excited to know that he stayed within proximity to his family so they can see him play.
“The school is in Virginia and it’s still a possible location for my mom to come see me play,” he said. “They’re in a good conference, the play style matches, they have my major and it just seemed, looking at the campus, like a good fit.”
At 6-foot-7, Jules utilized his versatility to do a lot of things on the floor for Aiken and that what’s drew coaches from Radford to him intitially. Their offense will allow players like Jules to be effective and that played a big part in his decision to commit.
“They push the ball and play at a fast pace. At my old school, I was use to playing at a fast pace and scoring a lot of transition buckets,” he said. “I feel like my play style fits just right and they will use my versatility playing inside out.”
Jules explained himself as a player that can post up, bang for rebounds down low or take guys off the dribble. Radford will utilize his ability to play a point forward role and put him in positions to be successful.