Kivontay Shaw has moved a bit further north from where he’s laid his head over the past five years.
The 2016 Galesburg High School graduate did so to further his college basketball career.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Rockford University in May, Shaw will pursue a master’s degree in management leadership at Marian University, an NCAA Division III school in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and he will take the hardwood for the Sabers men’s basketball team in the 2021-22 season.
“I’m just excited to leave it all out there one last time,” said Shaw, who, like every other college student-athlete nationwide, was granted an extra year of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic. coronavirus.
Shaw believes Marian is the right fit and that the Sabers mentor can help him grow as a player.
“I really like Coach (Drake) Diener. I know he’s a smart guy when it comes to basketball. His resume speaks for itself. He played four years at DePaul and 12 years at abroad,” said Shaw, who moved to Fond du Lac on June 28. “He knows the game so much and has so much to contribute. I think I can benefit a lot from that and I think our team will benefit a lot too.”
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Shaw, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 6.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for Rockford in the 2020-21 season. He appeared in all 14 games the Regents played averaging 16.5 minutes per deal, and Shaw was given the go-ahead to start in four of them.
It was the first time in his college career that Shaw, who played for the Silver Streaks men’s basketball team and as a high schooler considered by many to be the best sixth man in the Western Big 6 Conference, was not not incumbent on a regular basis. .
Rockford went 9-5 on aggregate in 2020-21 and had its most successful season in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. The Regents won their first NACC South Division regular season and tournament titles. Rockford also won multiple matches in the NACC Tournament for the first time in program history and made his first-ever appearance in the NACC Tournament title match. The Regents’ .750 NACC winning percentage was also the best in program history.
Shaw has started in 52 of his 76 career games with the Regents. He averaged 25.8 minutes per game, 8.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per outing for Rockford. Shaw went 78 for 206 from 3-point territory (37.9%) for the Regents.
Shaw appeared in 15 of 22 games with Rockford as a rookie and missed his entire sophomore campaign with a torn meniscus and a fractured patella in his left knee.
Throughout high school and while with the Regents, Shaw donned number 30, but he chose a different number going forward. Shaw will wear number 24 in honor of his favorite player, Kobe Bryant.
“I think I’ve done enough with the No. 30 jersey,” Shaw said. “It’s time to switch numbers and do something different.”
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Shaw knows how he can contribute to Marian.
“I’ve already discussed with the coach what I can contribute and he’s okay with it,” Shaw said. “I just bring the experience, the leadership. I’ll be able to take guys under my wing. I helped change the culture at Rockford. We got better when I was there.
“I wasn’t as big of a winner in college as I was in high school, but I know how to win,” he added. “I’m a great leader and I can play at a high level.
“The most important thing is to help change the culture. For the past two years, they’ve been in the bottom half of the conference. I want to help change that.”
Personally, Shaw wants to limit his mistakes.
“I just have to get more precise. I’ve had a tendency to return the ball unnecessarily, whether it’s on a foot, an errant pass or whatever. I know I have to reduce those things,” he said. “To go from good to great you can’t fight. There were times at Rockford where I was overdoing it.
“I think I treat the play as well as everyone else. I have to get to first base instead of hitting a home run,” Shaw added. “If you’re talking to a baseball player, sometimes you don’t need a home run. One person has to go to base, then the next person goes to base and it all goes from there .”