Every single day, new names appear in the transfer portal adding more potential options for John Calipari as he works on building his roster for the 2021-22 season.
During the 2020-21 season, Wheeler averaged 14 points, 7.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds. Wheeler is not known for his three-point shooting, however, as he shot 22.5% from deep and 39.9% from the field.
However, with Dontaie Allen and Kellan Grady already on the roster, plus the potential of adding CJ Fredrick and keeping Davion Mintz, his passing abilities would be perfect for all of those sharpshooters.
Wheeler was named Second-Team All-SEC, led the league in assists, and was ranked 5th nationally in assists last season. He’s also just 20 years old, so he’s still pretty young and could further develop into the kind of guy who could run an offense for a Final Four contender with the right pieces surrounding him.
As for what he will be considering when evaluating his options for college, sounds a lot like the program in Lexington.
“The roster — who am I going to be playing with? The schedule — who am I playing against? The reputation of the head coach, as far as his plan to take my game to the next level. Location and fan base,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler is not the only interesting name that hit the transfer portal today.
Coastal Carolina guard and Sun Belt Player of the Year DeVante’ Jones announced he will be entering the transfer portal and the NBA Draft, according to ESPN.
Jones has been one of the top players in the Sun Belt each of his three seasons in college. In 2020-21, he averaged 19.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists while shooting 48.7% from the field and 36.8% from three. He is also a very good free throw shooter (86.2%) and gets to the line a lot as he averages 5.3 attempts per game.
He immediately becomes one of the top available transfers and he is looking to play with teammates who love the game as much as he does.
“In my next school, I’m looking to join a winning culture with a loving community,” Jones said. “I’ll only have one year so I just want the chance for a coach to trust in me to put the ball in my hands and trust me to make game-winning plays. But also, I want to be around a group of guys who love the game as much as me, if not more.”
As John Calipari continues to look for the Kentucky Wildcats’ next point guard, more options continue to hit the portal, and both Wheeler and Jones are solid options.