Just a reminder that Mr. DeJuan Wheat, the icon of every Louisville child of the '90s, will be having his jersey honored during halftime of today's game. Probably worth skipping that food/beer/bathroom run.
Here's what U of L wants you to know:
Former UofL All-America guard DeJuan Wheat will have his name added to the list of honored jersey names displayed in the KFC Yum! Center in a ceremony at halftime of Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
A local product who played at Ballard High School in Louisville, Wheat (1993-97) was the first player in NCAA Division I history with career totals of at least 2,000 points, 450 assists, 300 three-point goals and 200 steals. He completed his career with 2,183 points (second all-time at U of L), 498 assists (4th), 323 three pointers (2nd) and 204 steals (6th). One of 12 finalists for the 1997 Naismith Player of the Year Award and a third-team All-America selection by Basketball Times, he was runner-up as the 1997 Conference USA Player of the Year.
Wheat started a school-record 136 consecutive games, opening every game for U of L since his freshman season, and finished his career as U of L's all-time leader in minutes played (4,560). He had 109 career double figure scoring efforts and scored a career-high 31 points vs. UAB as a junior.
In 1994, he was honored as the Freshman of the Year in the Metro Conference and the national Newcomer of the Year by Basketball Times. He helped the Cardinals post a combined 95-41 record with four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 and Elite Eight in his last two years. He played 12 seasons of professional basketball, playing his last five years in Mexico with Soles de Mexicali. He wore number 32 in high school, college and pro ball.