Sahvir Wheeler, a senior point guard for the Kentucky Wildcats, did not play in either of the Wildcats’ preseason exhibitions or their season opener on Monday, but he did make his 2022-23 debut on Friday against Duquesne.
Kentucky’s Sahvir Wheeler Debuts Against Duquesne!
Against the Dukes, Wheeler saw action off the bench. At the 14:45 mark of the first half, he came in as a substitute. Wheeler, originally from Houston, went down with a knee injury in the second half of the Wildcats’ exhibition game against Missouri Western on October 30.
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He thus missed the season’s first game and the second exhibition (a 111-53 victory against Kentucky State on November 3). (a 95-63 victory over Howard on Monday).
Cason Wallace, a first-year player, stepped up in Wheeler’s absence to play point guard and had a strong debut, dishing up nine assists to go along with 15 points and eight boards.
Wheeler began his undergraduate career at Georgia and has since led the SEC in assists both of the past two seasons. His 6.9 assists per game last year put him in third place among all NCAA Division I players.
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With 207 total assists, Wheeler ranked third all-time for the Wildcats in a single season. He was selected by the coaches and media of the Southeastern Conference to be on the second team, and he was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which is given annually to the nation’s best point guard.
Wheeler, along with teammates Oscar Tshiebwe and Nick Smith Jr. of Arkansas, Colin Castleton of Florida, and Santiago Vescovi of Tennessee, were named to the preseason All-SEC first team.
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