Penn State's backcourt was left thin behind Tony Carr after the departures of Terrence Samuel and Isaiah Washington this summer. That hole in the depth chart is now filled thanks to the commitment of Florida point guard Jamari Wheeler, who committed to the Nittany Lions on Friday afternoon.
I am blessed to say I have committed to penn state university! pic.twitter.com/AAS0jSXYQQ— jamari wheeler (@jamariwheeler5) April 28, 2017
Wheeler was released from his letter of intent with Duquesne shortly after then-Dukes head coach Jim Ferry was fired in late March. The Nittany Lions quickly offered the 6'0" guard a scholarship, along with the likes of Seton Hall, Auburn, USF, and a few others. Wheeler surprised many by selecting Penn State considering he had cancelled his visit to Auburn immediately after taking a hush-hush visit to Seton Hall earlier this week. But the impression Pat Chambers made on Wheeler's Blue-White weekend visit apparently won him over.
The Wheeler File
- Class: 2017
- Size: 6'0", 170lbs
- Pos: PG
- School: The Rock School (Live Oak, Fl.)
- AAU: Florida Elite
- Composite Rating: NR
- Composite Rank: NR
Wheeler and 2018 four-star recruit Darius Days led The Rock School to a program-high 35-win season in 2016-17. His speed and quickness with the ball are considered his best attributes.
With this commitment, the Lions now have two spots to fill for the 2017-18 season should the staff choose. Lafayette graduate transfer Monty Boykins was on campus on Thursday, and Penn State was mentioned among the schools recruiting Sacred Heart transfer Quincy McKnight.