Georgia transfer Wheeler ready to be a leader at UK

Published 7:46 am Friday, June 18, 2021

The more Sahvir Wheeler talks, the more Kentucky fans love the Georgia transfer who should be a big boost at the point guard position for the Cats this year with  his unselfish attitude and leadership.

“My leadership style, I would describe it as being a servant leader,” Wheeler said during a UK satellite camp last week. “That’s how I am. I always want to put others first and make everyone else’s life easy. Because I know if everyone is satisfied, everyone else is happy, all those things are gonna come back to me.”

Wheeler said he takes pride in being a leader on and off the court at all times and understands what impact he can have off the court.

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“My biggest thing is instilling confidence in others, empowering guys, making guys feel comfortable and happy, and going out there to perform your best whether it’s in basketball or outside of basketball,” Wheeler added.

“Being someone you want to hang around when you’re down. Continue to uplift your spirit when you’re getting that confidence. That’s how I would describe my leadership but on the flip side, holding guys accountable when I need to.”

Wheeler is confident he can “calm everything down” when adversity does hit during the season — something UK could not do most of last season.

“You are going to face adversity. We are playing in the best league in the country and you are going to get everyone’s best shot and at some point we are going to have a game where we do not make shots,” the Georgia transfer said. “We have to be able to fight through adversity. Me being able to keep guys loose and empower and instill confidence will help.

“It’s OK to make mistakes. It is OK to learn. There has not been a perfect game yet. We can try to pursue perfection but we still have to stay loose.”

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