Four-star big man Roosevelt Wheeler out of Richmond, Va. committed to Louisville Monday afternoon, giving Chris Mack the fifth member of his 2021 recruiting class.
Wheeler picked Louisville over NC State, Georgetown, Miami, Wake Forest and LSU, among others.
A highly-skilled 6’10 big man, Rivals ranks Wheeler as the 7th-best center in the class of 2021, and the No. 42 overall player in the country. 247 Sports has Wheeler as the 11th-best center and the No. 60 player in its composite rankings for the 2021 class.
“Big Rose” earned First Team All-State honors in Virginia after averaging 15.8 points, 11.9 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game last season as a junior at John Marshall High School. He helped lead the Justices to the Virginia 2A state championship, scoring 11 points, grabbing nine rebounds and blocking three shots in the championship game.
Unfortunately, Wheeler will miss all of his senior season because of a recently suffered injury. No specific details about the injury have been released.
In Wheeler, Chris Mack is getting the exact type of center he likes to utilize. Wheeler is big and strong and sticks to what he does best: getting it done in the paint. He’s not going to float around on the perimeter and try and be something he isn’t, instead he figures to be fully happy playing the role of the “one” in Mack’s oft-discussed four out, one in offensive setup.
The last thing we have to say about Roosevelt Wheeler is that he has maybe the most perfect name for an effective college big man that I’ve ever heard. When you name a kid “Roosevelt Wheeler,” you’re pretty much ensuring that they’re one day going to be averaging 15 and 9 on a national title contender.
Here’s hoping that manifest destiny is realized a few years from now.
Welcome to the program, Big Rose.