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Sahvir Wheeler injured at Kentucky Basketball practice

Wheeler had to be helped off the court and then to the locker room.

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Some unfortunate news is trickling out of today’s practice for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.

According to reporters at today’s practice inside Rupp Arena — including our own Dylan Ballard — junior guard Sahvir Wheeler appeared to injure his ankle and has since been helped to the locker room for further testing.

This is hopefully nothing more than a minor sprain, but it certainly appears it could be worse if he had to be helped to the bench and then to the locker room.

The 5-foot-10 point guard transferred in from the Georgia Bulldogs this offseason after a solid two-year stint in Athens. As a sophomore, he became one of the best play-making guards in the country last season, which is something that the Cats were badly missing. He averaged 14 points, 7.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game for the Bulldogs.

Wheeler is currently in a battle with true freshman TyTy Washington for the starting point guard spot, though it’s entirely possible, if not probably that Wheeler starts at the 1 with Washington at the 2, as the latter is capable of making a major impact on or off the ball. Wheeler is more of a facilitator who’s still working to become an effective long-range shooter.

We will update this post if any more details on Wheeler’s injury come out today.

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