newsvirginias kadin shedrick working to add midrange jumper to his offensive game

Virginia’s Kadin Shedrick working to add midrange jumper to his offensive game

Chris Graham
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Kadin Shedrick posterizes Duke forward Paolo Banchero. Photo courtesy UVA Athletics.

People in and around the Virginia Basketball program are expecting a lot from Kadin Shedrick as he enters his redshirt junior year.

The 6’11” center averaged 6.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 2021-2022, and had monster games in the wins at Syracuse (12 points, 11 rebounds), Duke (16 points, 8-of-8 FG, six rebounds), Miami (13 points, 13 rebounds) and Louisville (20 points, 8-of-9 FG, five rebounds).

Consistency was an issue – Shedrick lost his starting spot after back-to-back goose eggs in mid-January.

Shedrick has been working on that, and trying to add a midrange jumper to his offensive game, to complement his elite skills at the rim.

Shedrick finished 76 percent of his shots at the rim last season. Nearly three-quarters of his shot attempts (73.3 percent) were layups or dunks.

In the midrange, though, Shedrick was a liability, connecting on just 12-of-37 (32.4 percent), according to

“Every day pretty much since the season ended, I’ve been working on my jump shot. So, knocking down middies, like, consistently, and maybe stepping out to three every now and then, so yeah, that’s what I’ve been working on the most,” Shedrick said after Virginia’s 71-41 win over Orange1 Basket Bassano in Florence on Monday.

Shedrick is averaging 12.5 points per game on the trip, which concludes on Friday.

“He’s been working his butt off,” associate head coach Jason Williford said. “I think he wants to give more minutes and contribute more. But I think for us to be good, those guys have to finish around the basket, ball screen D and protect the rim. He’s been finishing, he’s running the floor, he made a couple of facing shots today, he’s been aggressive. So, we liked it. We challenged him before this one to go to the offensive glass more, and he did that.”

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].