April 17, 2017
By: Julius Kim
2017 point guard Jamari Wheeler of The Rock School (FL) recently narrowed his list to five schools. “I’m down to South Florida, James Madison (JMU), Seton Hall, Auburn, and Penn State,” he told Elevate Hoops.
He broke down each program.
South Florida: “USF got a new coaching staff and their head coach (Brian Gregory) came in from day one, when I reopened my recruitment, and he was actually the first person I met up with. They told me they’re restarting the program and I could come in and have the ball in my hands. The school is also close to home.”
JMU: “Coach (Louis) Rowe has been cool with me ever since he was at Bowling Green. I love him as a coach and as a person because he is loyal to me. He told me I could be the face of their program and that he would love to coach me and he would take care of me as a person.”
Seton Hall: “I like their style of play and the conference they are in. I like how they get up and down the floor and how their guards come off of ball screens. I just love how they play. I’ve been talking to Coach (Shaheen) Holloway and when he came and visited me, he told me they want/need me and hopefully I can take a visit up there soon.”
Auburn: “When I reopened my recruitment, their entire coaching staff came to see me play and I like how they play and the conference they are in. Coach (Harris) Alder loves the way I talk and lead on the floor during games, drills, and pickup.”
Penn State: “I like the conference they are in and it’s a big time conference. They said they are in need of a point guard and that they are making me a priority. They were actually one of the first schools to come in to see me when I reopened my recruitment too.”
When it comes to visits, Wheeler has two official visits planned.
“I’ll be taking an official visit to Penn State this weekend and then I’ll be visiting Auburn on the 26th of April.”
When asked about a decision timeline, the 6-foot-0 guard told Elevate Hoops “No decision timeline yet.”