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Penn State men's basketball sinks Mississippi State, 75-60, in the NIT Semifinal
Garner Sets Single-Season Record for 3-Point Field Goals Made with 112
Reaves Scores Game-winning Basket in with 3.1 Seconds Remaining
Garner Leads All Five Starters in Double Figures; Cracks PSU All-Time Scoring Top 10
Penn State tops Northwestern in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, 65-57
Penn State takes down No. 2 Seed Ohio State, 69-68, on Josh Reaves last-second dunk.
Penn State vs. Ohio State - 2018 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals: Photos by USA Today Sports Images
Penn State vs. Northwestern - 2018 Big Ten Tournament: Photos by USA Today Sports Images
Penn State vs. Nebraska (USATSI) Men's Basketball
AS A FRESHMAN (2017-18)
- Played in all 39 games, scored in 21, and made three-straight starts (Nebraska, Minnesota and Northwestern (1/20)).
- Second behind Josh Reaves on team with 52 steals and tied for sixth in Big Ten.
- Led the Lions 15 times in the steals category including the Mississippi State game, tying Shep Garner with three. Also had two points.
- Had two steals in NIT quarterfinal game at Marquette, including heads-up steal midway through fourth for another possession.
- Recorded four steals and had five assists in action in three games at 2018 Big Ten Tournament.
- Had two steals, assist and rebound vs. Buckeyes in 13 minutes of time in Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal game.
- Registered three assists, two rebounds, steal and free throw in Big Ten Tournament opener vs. Northwestern.
- Had a steal and score with final totals of two points, three assists and two steals at Illinois.
- Scored two points in the Iowa win (2/3) and had three rebounds.
- Pulled down four rebounds and had two assists and two steals without a turnover vs. Minnesota.
- Had a game-high and career-best five assists with four points and three steals vs. Northwestern.
- Had career-best two blocks at Indiana with two assists and steal. Tied Big Ten career high for minutes with 22.
- Contributed four points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists at Maryland.
- Tied his career-high total in rebounds with seven vs. Coppin State, all on the defensive side.
- Grabbed a career-best six steals at George Mason, No. 6 on PSU single-game list, and had five points vs. GMU.
- Played 17 minutes against Wisconsin and had a rebound, assist and steal.
- Critical defensive play in Iowa win and had four assists to only one turnover.
- Went 8-12 (66.7%) from field combined vs. Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Oral Roberts, dishing out six assists with eight steals and a block.
- Against 16th-ranked Texas A&M, Wheeler had two steals that lead directly to layups in the second half, the second punctuating a Penn State rally to trim the Aggie lead to five.
- Shared team scoring lead with Nazeer Bostick in Oral Roberts game with career-best 14 points.
- Against Oral Roberts, had six points and two steals in first four minutes of play. He finished with a game-high and career-high 14 points and led Nittany Lions with seven rebounds, and five steals, also career bests.
- Played 19 minutes against Pittsburgh and had two assists without any turnovers, a steal and a rebound.
- Scored seven points with four assists and three steals vs. Columbia.
PRIOR TO PENN STATE
ESPN three-star prospect and No. 22 player from the state of Florida...Helped lead The Rock School to a school-record 35 wins in 2016-17...Named the Gainesville Sun Small Schools Player of the Year...Averaged 16.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game as a senior...Florida Association of Basketball Coaches first-team all-state selection (Independent)...Played for AAU team "Team Breakdown."
Chambers on Wheeler: "If you had to personify `energy,' you would use Jamari as THE example. He is really going to help change the pace of the game for us. He doesn't back down from challenges and he's going to increase the speed and excitement of what's happening on the floor."
Born Jamari Wheeler on December 9, 1997...Son of Kieasha Perry and Thomas Charlton...Has two brothers and a sister...Enrolled in the Division of Undergraduate Studies.