Sahvir Wheeler, a 5-10, 180-pound sophomore point guard from Georgia who is looking for a new place to play next season, is expected to announce his last four schools on Friday.
Almost every recruiting analyst expects Kansas to make the list, and many of them call the Jayhawks the favorites to land Wheeler.
Hailing from Houston, the true playmaker who is also cunning enough to be a scoring threat averaging 14 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists for the Bulldogs last season.
He played in 26 games and averaged 35 minutes per game.
If there’s one thing that leaves a little to be desired about Wheeler’s game, it’s his shot percentages. After shooting 47% from the ground and 32% from 3-point distance as a true freshman in 2019-20 – when he appeared in 31 games with 17 starts – Wheeler regressed last season, shooting only 40% overall and 23% of 3- point range.
However, his point and assist totals were on the rise, bringing some uncertainty to his game.
According to an interview with Wheeler’s dad, Teddy, by Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com, one of the things KU staff love about Wheeler is his ability to run the show and prepare others for it. Success. The left-handed shooter is aggressive and confident with the ball in his hands and he attacks well in the half court, usually looking to get into the paint after breaking through the defense.
His ability to descend tends to put serious pressure on opposing defenses, opening up cutting lanes for teammates to get easy buckets up close.
Teddy Wheeler told Wildeboor the family made several Zoom calls with Kansas coach Bill Self and KU coaching staff.
Originally a four-star prospect in the Class of 2019, Wheeler was ranked 91st overall in his class when he joined Georgia.
The Jayhawks currently have a purse available to distribute and are awaiting decisions from Ochai Agbaji and Jalen Wilson, who are testing the NBA draft waters.
Self has said in recent weeks that KU would like to add another guard, and the Jayhawks remain in contention for four-star goaltender Tyty Washington, who is expected to announce his decision on May 15.
While KU is unlikely to win both, Self also said he will try to get as many engagements as he sees fit, seeing Agbaji and Wilson as bonuses if either Either or both of the 2020-21 starters would choose to return to KU as most people expect.