One of the many point guard options Kentucky has been after is about to narrow his list.
On Thursday, Georgia transfer Sahvir Wheeler, a 5-foot-10 rising junior, announced on social media that he will be dropping his top four list of potential college destinations on Friday. He was tabbed as an SEC All-Second Team member this past season after putting up 14 points and 7.4 assists (best in the conference) in nearly 35 minutes per outing. Wheeler’s name was put in the transfer portal back on April 20.
Final 4 Friday ? @sahvir_
— Sahvir (@sahvir_) May 6, 2021
Last week, Wheeler spoke with KSR’s Jack Pilgrim about his transfer and where he might end up. He said that 10 schools–Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Stanford, Texas, and Wichita State–have stuck out so far and that he is looking for a spot that will help elevate him into NBA Draft consideration down the road.
The following is courtesy of Jack Pilgrim’s article from April 28.
“Hopefully next year, when I choose a destination that I feel comfortable with as the right situation, I’m going to prove that some more on a bigger stage and on a higher level. Hopefully that can catapult me to the next level, get in the NBA conversation,” Wheeler told KSR. “… Big stage, being able to contend for a national championship, Final Four, playing style, playing fit, all those things are factors I’ll consider when making my decision.”
As for who he is as a player, the Georgia standout considers himself a “dynamic playmaker” who can do anything asked of him on the floor. Points, assists, defense, whatever it takes to help the team win games, he’s willing to do.
“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.
“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.”
The second-team All-SEC member takes pride in being known as one of the top playmakers in not only the conference, but all of college basketball.
“That’s how I’ve always been, I’ve always been a guy who can make plays at any level,” he said. “There have always been doubters who have said I couldn’t do this, couldn’t do that in high school, couldn’t do it playing at the SEC level, I went and dominated that last year. I take pride in that, I take pride in being the best, I take pride in what I do.”
His style of play on the floor bleeds into who he is off the floor. Wheeler is a leader, looking to bring people together in both basketball and life in general.
“Those things intertwine, I’m a servant leader, I like to make people happy, I want what’s best for everyone,” Wheeler told KSR. “I’m going to bring excitement with my play, I’m going to bring passion with my play. That’s who I am off the floor, as well. I’m a guy who tries to galvanize groups of people to come together for one common goal, I have an outgoing personality. I’m laid back, but I can also be funny at times. I like to think of myself as a good person to be around, good energy, good vibes. I like to constantly give love to the people I’m around.”
We’ll find out on Friday if Kentucky has done enough to make Wheeler’s top four.