ATHENS — Georgia made the signing of Sahvir Wheeler official on Tuesday as the Bulldogs announced the 4-star guard from Houston had signed his letter-of-intent.
Wheeler, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Houston, gives coach Tom Crean a fifth Top 100 player in the Class of 2019. Wheeler is ranted the No. 91 prospect in the country in the 247Sports.com composite rankings. Wheeler announced his commitment to the Bulldogs on Monday.
“We’re very excited about Sahvir,” Crean said in a release from UGA. “His speed, change of direction and floor vision are really unique. He can score the ball in a variety of ways, from getting to the rim all the way out to shooting 3s, and he can put a tremendous amount of pressure on the ball defensively. He is a dynamic floor general who possesses the skills to make his teammates better with his exceptional passing ability.”
Wheeler’s acquisition gives the Bulldogs the point guard they so sorely needed in this class and solidifies its place as a consensus Top 10 nationally. Georgia’s 2019 group is ranked No. 6 by Rivals.com, No. 8 by 247Sports.com and No. 9 by ESPN.com.
Wheeler already has drawn comparisons to former Georgia star J.J. Frazier for his ability to handle and distribute the ball but also to score both inside and outside. He is rated as the No. 76 prospect by ESPN.com and No. 87 by Rivals.com and was tabbed co-MVP of the Big Baller Brand All-America game after scoring 34 points and dishing out 8 assists.
Wheeler led Houston Christian to back-to-back Southwest Preparatory state championships in both 2018 and 2019. The Mustangs went 61-13 over during those seasons, finishing 31-5 his junior year and 30-8 this past season.
“I think Sahvir and his family believe in our development plan for him,” Crean stated. “We have a great vision for Sahvir and the player he can become. We have a great vision for everyone we’ve signed in this class, but Sahvir brings a skill set that can really tie a lot of things together for this team.”
Named the 2019 Houston Chronicle Private School Most Valuable Player, Wheeler was selected All-State by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. As a senior, he averaging 19 points, seven rebounds and nine assists per game. Wheeler almost averaged a triple-double during the 2019 state tourney, scoring 18 points, handing out 10 assists and grabbing eight rebounds per game.
Wheeler joins a class that includes Anthony Edwards, who is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 by virtually every scouting service; Christian Brown, who is listed at No. 60 nationally by ESPN.com; Jaykwon Walton, who is rated No. 67 nationally by ESPN.com; and Toumani Camara, a who has been tabbed No. 96 by ESPN.com and the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
Georgia also has a commitment from Donnell Gresham, a point guard from Northeastern University who plans to join the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer this summer.