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Kentucky Basketball

Sahvir Wheeler Goes from Bulldog to Wildcat

May 17, 2021

Sahvir Wheeler will join the Kentucky Basketball team after two years under Tom Crean at Georgia. Wheeler is the second point guard addition to the team in the last week, joining combo guard TyTy Washington in a backcourt that was in desperate need of playmaking. 

Wheeler was 2nd Team All-SEC and led the conference in assists last year with 7.4 per game. According to KenPom, he was 11th in the country in Assist% (37.8%) while also leading the Bulldogs in scoring at 14.0 PPG. Truly a do-everything point guard for Georgia last year, Wheeler also tended to be slightly turnover-prone, but that should be taken with a grain of salt. His assist-to-turnover ratio led the conference (1.68:1), and he also averaged almost 35 minutes per game on a subpar team. When looking at his underlying playmaking metrics, Wheeler projects to be incredibly similar to a Sophomore Ashton Hagans with more playmaking upside. 

Last season, he posted eight double-doubles in points and assists and also recorded the first triple-double at UGA in over a century. While Wheeler isn't a prolific shooter - he's averaged 25.8% from three on 128 attempts - he is more than capable of breaking his man down off the dribble and getting into the lane, something this team seriously lacked last season. With the influx of shooters on the roster, Wheeler shouldn't need to be taking many outside shots as he likely will be surrounded by at least two sharpshooters at all times next season.

With a lesser workload and more talented teammates around him, Wheeler should be more than capable of running the show when he is in the game, and fans should be excited to see a proven addition to a backcourt that needs playmaking.

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