Monday, October 31, 2011

A Look At Gelaun Wheelwright

Weber State is the conference favorite and has a very veteran team, but one freshman who could get some playing time is guard Gelaun Wheelwright (of course, there is also a chance he could redshirt, in which case forget this post ever happened).

Wheelwright is an athletic combo guard that has the talent to be a big time player in the Big Sky. He originally committed to USC before eventually deciding to come to Weber State.

He can score with a solid outside shot or with his quickness getting to the rim, and he averaged 18.7 PPG and 4.3 RPG last season as a senior. For what it's worth, he started in the Purple-White scrimmage, though he didn't have a big impact [PDF].

ESPN (insider required) called him the incoming sleeper among recruits entering the Big Sky Conference.

Randy Rahe struck gold a few recruiting seasons back when he lured the vastly underrated Damian Lillard (Oakland, Calif./Oakland) to Ogden, Utah. Wheelwright could be another gem if he is willing to make adjustments in his game. He has been somewhat of an enigma out west throughout his high school campaign. He has all the physical tools (speed, strength, and bounce) to play both guard positions at the next level. He can knock down the 3-point shot or burst in transition to get to the rim. With Wheelwright it has always been about consistency. If he can learn to play with pace and improve his decision making (has a flair for the spectacular), he has the necessary talent to be an impact player from the moment he steps on campus.
What do you guys think? Can Wheelwright have an impact as a freshman? What is his ceiling?

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