ATHENS – Leave it to former Georgia basketball star J.J. Frazier to know a good little man when he sees him.
Throughout his career with the Bulldogs, Frazier – 5'10" and 150 pounds – overcame the notion that a player slight in build could not succeed in the SEC.
Well, all Frazier did was go on to earn All-Conference honors, averaging just over 18 points per game his final year with the Bulldogs two years ago.
Monday, Georgia head coach Tom Crean received his own little package of dynamite when Houston four-star recruit Sahvir Wheeler committed to Bulldogs, becoming Georgia’s fifth member of its 2019 class.
In an interview with UGASports, Frazier said the similarities between he and the 5'8", 165-pound Wheeler and himself are interesting.
“Sahvir’s game is a lot like mine, but at the same time it isn’t,” Frazier said. “Coming into college, he’s more shifty with the ball, bigger and stronger. I could shoot the ball better and probably a little faster.”
Wheeler said he’s ready to get to work.
“They have a lot of talented guys there and I’m just looking forward to winning and also helping those guys around me better and learning the ropes from them,” Wheeler told Rivals.com. “I want to try and make some noise for Georgia basketball.”
Frazier certainly likes what he sees.
“He’s going to be a really solid point guard for us,” Frazier said. “It’s going to be fun to watch him running the show.”
Wheeler becomes the fifth member of Crean’s 2019 signing class, joining Toumani Camara, Jaykwon Walton, Christian Brown and Anthony Edwards, who finished the season as the No. 3 overall player in the Rivals rankings.
The Bulldogs also recently added former Northeastern player Donnell Gresham as a graduate transfer.
(story by Anthony Dasher, photo by Rivals.com)