MANHATTAN — Kansas State forward Nigel Shadd lost much of his freshman season to a leg injury. He didn’t lose a year of eligibility, however.
Shadd on Friday received a medical hardship waiver from the Big 12 Conference. The waiver means Shadd will be a redshirt freshman in 2018-19 and still have four years of eligibility.
A 6-foot-9 native of Mesa, Ariz., Shadd missed the Wildcats’ final 22 games with the injury after averaging 1.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 6.3 minutes while seeing action in eight of K-State’s first 15 contests. He scored in two games, registering a season-high five points against USC-Upstate in early December.
Shadd is one of 11 returning players from a Wildcat team that went 25-12 and reached the Elite Eight before losing to Loyola-Chicago.
A three-star recruit coming out of Tri-City Christian Academy in Chandler, Ariz., Shadd helped the Warriors reach four state championship games, winning the title in 2014. He scored 1,165 points as a four-year letterman, averaging 13.4 points on 66.9 percent shooting. He also averaged 10.1 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.
Shadd averaged 18.5 points, 13.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks as a senior, with double-doubles in 18 of 23 games.