Late last week, Penn State fans got some exciting news, as 2017 point guard Jamari Wheeler opted to commit to the program as a late addition. Wheeler should help solidify Penn State’s depth heading into a key season for Pat Chambers.
I am blessed to say I have committed to penn state university ⚪️ ! pic.twitter.com/AAS0jSXYQQ— jamari wheeler (@jamariwheeler5) April 28, 2017
While Wheeler isn’t considered to be an elite prospect by any of the major scouting services, he does have some respectable rankings. Most notably, he is rated as a three-star by ESPN and the No. 22 player in Florida. The site also lists him at 6-foot-0 and 160 pounds.
Prior to committing to Penn State, Wheeler also had a nice offer sheet for himself. Not only was he offered by some local schools like South Florida, but he also had offers from Auburn, Duquesne, Houston, and Seton Hall.
Given some of the transfer news over the last few weeks for Penn State, this commitment is great news for the program. Wheeler is not expected to compete for a starting role, but if he can provide some valuable bench minutes, it would be huge for the team’s chances this season. Best case scenario would be 10 to 15 minutes a game.
With Wheeler’s commitment, Penn State now has two more open scholarships heading into next season. Look for the Nittany Lions to try and add a transfer in the coming weeks to help fill out the roster.
Wheeler won’t have a huge impact on Penn State’s chances for next season, but it is a nice pickup for a team hoping to take another step forward next season.