Men's Basketball Signs Junior College Shooting Guard
April 23, 2001
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's head basketball coach Stew Morrill announced today the signing of Ryan Wheeler to a national letter of intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the 2001-02 season. Wheeler will have three years of eligibility with USU after receiving a medical redshirt his sophomore season at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas.
Wheeler, a 6-4, 195-shooting guard averaged 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds a game for Tyler JC in five games before severely spraining his ankle. As a freshman, Wheeler averaged 10 points per game and had a career-high 26 points against Lubbock Christian College.
"We are very pleased that Ryan will be joining our program," commented Morrill. "We felt like the priority this spring was to add a shooter and certainly that is Ryan's biggest asset as a player. With three years of eligibility remaining, Ryan has an excellent upside and will only grow in all aspects of his game."
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Wheeler earned all-county and honorable mention all-state honors at Wheeler High School his senior season averaging 18 points and seven rebounds a game.
"Besides being a quality player, Ryan also is a good student and a high character young man," added Morrill. "He will prove to be an excellent addition in all aspects."