Some unfortunate news is trickling out of today’s practice for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.
According to reporters at today’s practice inside Rupp Arena — including our own Dylan Ballard — junior guard Sahvir Wheeler appeared to injure his ankle and has since been helped to the locker room for further testing.
Sahvir Wheeler goes down at practice due to an ankle.
He is currently getting evaluated!
— Dylan Ballard (@DylanBallard_UK) October 11, 2021
Sahvir Wheeler seems to have injured his left ankle. Severity unknown, but he wasn’t putting any pressure on it after being helped up my the training staff.
He’s currently being helped out of the arena as practice continues. Shoe is off and he’s walking on it with help.
— Barkley Truax (@BarkleyTruax) October 11, 2021
This is hopefully nothing more than a minor sprain, but it certainly appears it could be worse if he had to be helped to the bench and then to the locker room.
The 5-foot-10 point guard transferred in from the Georgia Bulldogs this offseason after a solid two-year stint in Athens. As a sophomore, he became one of the best play-making guards in the country last season, which is something that the Cats were badly missing. He averaged 14 points, 7.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game for the Bulldogs.
Wheeler is currently in a battle with true freshman TyTy Washington for the starting point guard spot, though it’s entirely possible, if not probably that Wheeler starts at the 1 with Washington at the 2, as the latter is capable of making a major impact on or off the ball. Wheeler is more of a facilitator who’s still working to become an effective long-range shooter.
We will update this post if any more details on Wheeler’s injury come out today.