Dec. 5, 2013
Sophomore Forward, 6-8, 225, Beaver Falls, Pa./Beaver Falls H.S.
A native of Beaver Falls, Pa., Sheldon Jeter is a tough, athletic and physical wing player who will have three years of eligibility at Pitt after sitting out the 2013-14 season. Jeter transfers to Pitt after playing his freshman season at Vanderbilt (2012-13), where he averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while seeing action in all 33 games and making seven starts. A combination forward, Jeter has been described as a competitive player who hates to lose. Jeter is long and lean and can create off the dribble because he plays low to the floor. A good outside shooter, Jeter can drive to the basket with authority and is a hard worker who is willing to work on and improve his game. His athleticism comes out more in transition. Last year, he made national highlight reels with his dunk against Mississippi in the Southeastern Conference Tournament when he drove the baseline and proceeded to slam it home. The play made the ESPN SportsCenter top-10 plays of the day. Jeter, who hails from a tradition-rich basketball family, is set to enroll at the University of Pittsburgh next spring. He is currently attending classes at Polk State Junior College in Winter Haven, Fla., where Matt Furjanic serves as the head coach. He will not compete for the Polk State basketball team in order to preserve a third year of NCAA eligibility.
2012-13 AT VANDERBILT
Played the 2012-13 season at Vanderbilt University...Played in all 33 games and started seven contests on the year...Averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, shot 47.1 percent (64-136) from the floor and 39.1 percent (25-64) from 3-point range on year...Averaged 6.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 19.4 minutes per game in 18 SEC regular season games...Reached double figure scoring in six games...Scored a career-high 14 points against both William & Mary, 1/2 and Georgia, 2/27...Shot a career-high 6-7 from the floor against William & Mary, 1/2...In first start of his career, played a career-high 32 minutes, scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds vs. Ole Miss, 1/15...Scored 11 points and grabbed a career-high nine rebounds at Mississippi State, 2/23...Converted a career-high three 3-pointers and totaled 13 points vs. Arkansas, 2/9...Finished with 10 points at Auburn, 1/23.
A 2012 graduate of Beaver Falls High School in Beaver Falls, Pa. where he played for head coach Doug Biega...Two-time First Team All-State selection...Named the WPIAL, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year and Beaver County Times Athlete of the Year as a senior...Concluded his four-year varsity career with 1,489 career points as a three-year starter...Averaged 21.8 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals while guiding Beaver Falls H.S. to a 28-3 overall record and 12-1 conference record as a senior...Guided the Tigers to the Class 2A WPIAL title and a berth in the Class 2A PIAA state championship game against Imhotep Charter...Scored 22 points with 11 rebounds in a 56-54 overtime loss to Imhotep in the title game...Scored a career-high 40 points with 15 rebounds in a state playoff victory over Greensburg Central Catholic...As a junior, was a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous Five and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific Ten...Averaged 23.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game as a junior...Averaged 19.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game as a sophomore...Rated the nation's No. 87 player by ESPN.com...Ranked the nation's No. 86 recruit by 24/7sports...Ranked the nation's No. 150 overall player by Rivals.com.
Born Sheldon Davon Theodore Jeter on July 24, 1994...Son of Carliss Jeter and Laurie Odum...Has five brothers, Carliss (26), Kyle (24), Greg (23), Marcus (18) and Donovan (14), and one sister, Ainya (12)...Father Carliss played basketball for Beaver Falls and led the Tigers to the WPIAL championship in 1980...Father serves as an assistant coach at Beaver Falls H.S. and has helped guide the program to three state titles and five state title appearances...He also played college basketball at UT-Chattanooga...Cousin Lance Jeter helped Beaver Falls win a WPIAL and PIAA state title in 2005 and also was an All-Big 12 player at Nebraska...Older brother Carliss, Jr. played on the 2005 state title team...Aunt Joy Jeter helped lead the University of New Haven to the 1987 NCAA Division II national basketball title as the Final Four MVP...She concluded her career as the second leading career scorer in Beaver Falls history (1,691 points), led her teams to a combined 114-10 record and was inducted into the Beaver County Hall of Fame...Uncle Jay Jeter guided Beaver Falls to back-to-back basketball state titles in 1984 and 1985...Wore number 34 because his father, uncle, younger brother and cousin all wore the same number when they played...Advice to youngsters is "never change who you are to please other people's insecurities"...Out of high school, was recruited by Penn State, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Pitt...Last summer, chose Pitt over Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgetown, Ohio State, Purdue and VCU...Chose Pitt because he felt like he "fit in" and is "closer to home."
Points: 14, two times, last- Georgia, 2/27/13.
FG made: 6, William & Mary, 1/2/13.
FG attempts: 8, three times, last- at Mississippi State, 2/23/13.
3FG made: 3, at Arkansas, 2/9/13.
3FG attempts: 6, Ole Miss, 1/15/13.
FT made: 4, three times, last- Georgia, 2/27/13.
FT attempts: 7, Ole Miss, 1/15/13.
Rebounds: 9, at Mississippi State, 2/23/13.
Assists: 2, two times, last- vs. Kentucky, 3/15/13.
Steals: 3, two times, last- at Missouri, 1/26/13.
Blocks: 2, three times, last- Arkansas, 2/9/13.
Minutes: 32, at Ole Miss, 1/15/13.