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Sahvir Wheeler wants to make sure his name is pronounced correctly

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Get your practice in before the season officially starts.

Sahvir Wheeler. Oscar Tshiebwe. BigBlueDrew - Sea of Blue

Georgia transfer Sahvir Wheeler took time during UK’s basketball media day to make sure everybody knows the correct pronunciation of his name.

“Think of a doctor asking you to open wide and say ‘aaaahhhh.” Wheeler told reporters.

“Sah-veer”

Choosing to come to a place like Kentucky obviously means that Wheeler is ready for the spotlight — so ensuring his name is being pronounced correctly before the season starts was a crucial step.

“My name is my name. That’s the only thing you have in the world. You’re going to come in with your name and leave with your name. I want that to be respected.” Wheeler said.

You can argue with that logic.

By now we all know the former Bulldog led the SEC in assists a season ago averaging 7.4 dimes.

But don’t forget that he also paced Georgia in scoring by pouring in 14 points per game to couple with those impressive assist numbers.

We all saw during Blue-White Game just what a great feel for the game that Wheeler possesses. It’s clear that his leadership will be replied upon heavily over the course of a long season.

After watching guys like Oscar Tshiebwe, Daimion Collins and Keion Brooks slash to the basket, it became easy to see a scenario where Wheeler has a field day against opposing defenses.

Calipari has already named Sahvir Wheeler as one of his probable starters.

His experience on the floor will be invaluable especially early on in the season as Cal works on his ideal rotations.

It will be interesting to see just how Calipari chooses to use the unique abilities of Wheeler, Washington and Mintz.

We won’t have to wait too much longer to find out with a trip to Madison Square Garden for a showdown with the Duke Blue Devils in the Champions Classic coming very soon.

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