Pitt head basketball coach Kevin Stallings and staff have extended a plethora of 2017 scholarship offers. One of the most athletic prospects that have been offered is Brewster Academy (NH) small forward Aaron Wheeler (6-foot-8 inches, 185 pounds). The lengthy forward, originally from Stamford, CT, transferred from St. Andrews HS (R.I.) to national powerhouse Brewster Academy for his senior year.
“I’m trying to set up a visit with the coaches (at Pitt) for when I get to school. We’re trying to coordinate a specific date. I really want to visit Pitt,” said Wheeler. “We were trying to set up an unofficial visit. I wanted to come with my patents, but it’s kind of a long drive. It’s something like a 6 to 7 hour drive.”
Wheeler has been offered scholarships by Pitt, Rhode Island, Providence, St. Louis, La Salle, Richmond, Duquesne, Temple, Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte and Florida International. While Notre Dame, Kansas, Villanova and Xavier have expressed strong interest. His stock is definitely pointing up and Brewster Academy has a national schedule that will expose his game to a multitude of recruiters throughout the nation.
Wheeler is a long, athletic prospect with a pterodactyl like wingspan. He has a tremendous jumper and excels in transition. When asked about his strengths, he replied, “I can do a lot things including dribble the ball, shoot well and play more than one position. I’m very versatile. I’m very athletic and I use that to my advantage in transition and blocking shots.”
At 6-foot-8 inches tall and a slight 185 pounds, Aaron is cognizant that he needs to get stronger to succeed. “I definitely want to get stronger. Once I’m stronger, I think things will come easier,” he said. “Right now I do a lot of push-ups and things like that. I don’t want to get too big but I do want to add strength.”
Wheeler stated that playing time and receiving a quality education are very important to him. He’s a fan of the Atlantic Coast Conference. “I think the ACC is one of the best, if not the best, conference in the nation,” he said. “You’re playing against the best players in the country each and every game.”
“I have a high interested in Pitt. I’m hoping to lock in a visit sometime in September.”
Harry G. Psaros can be found on twitter at @PittGuru