The Kentucky Wildcats’ search for a point guard for the 2021-22 season continues as they have contacted a lot of players that have entered the transfer portal.
Now, there is another name that Calipari has reached out to as the crazy offseason continues.
In an interview with Kentucky Sports Radio, Wheeler noted that the 10 schools he is focused on includes the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Kansas Jayhawks, Michigan Wolverines, LSU Tigers, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oregon State Beavers, Wichita State Shockers, Stanford Cardinal, Texas Longhorns, and Kentucky.
In an interview with KSR’s Jack Pilgrim, Wheeler opened up about Kentucky’s interest in him. Like we have seen with a lot of players that enter the transfer portal, Wheeler also declared for the NBA Draft hoping to get quality feedback from NBA teams.
Wheeler noted that if teams tell him he should return to college, then he is comfortable doing just that as he tries to reach his college dreams.
“If it takes one more year to come back to school and do that, make the right decision for me and ultimately achieve my dreams of playing in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Final Four, playing for the National Championship, I’ll do that before moving on to the NBA level,” Wheeler said.
That quote is key for Wheeler if he decides to return to college. He wants to play for a team that is on a bigger stage with a real chance to win a National Championship.
As for Wheeler as a player, he believes that he is a playmaker willing to do anything on the court that is asked of him. Regardless of that being points, assists, or defense, he just wants to win.
“I consider myself a dynamic playmaker, a guy who can make the right play. I’m not pass-first, I’m not score-first, I’m a guy who will make the right play,” Wheeler said. “If the game calls for me to get 10 assists, 15 assists, four points, so be it. If the game calls for me to get 20 points and five assists, I’m gonna do that too. I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to win the game, a guy who can do it on both ends of the court. I’m always looking to expand my game, work on areas I need to improve.”
He continued, “Ultimately, I’m just trying to win, that’s my main thing. I’ll impact games, impact winning, impact the community, impact people around me who just want to watch me play basketball. That’s my biggest thing.”
Last season, Wheeler averaged 14 points, 7.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.7 steals a game. He was named second-team All-SEC and led the conference in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68) proving that he is one of the best playmakers in the country.