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Purdue Basketball: Aaron Wheeler Prediction

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Can the junior have a bounce back campaign?

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Purdue Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Wheeler

Junior

6-9, 210 Pounds, Forward

Stamford, Connecticut (Brewster Academy)

2019-2020 Stats: 3.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, .9 APG, 17.8 MPG, 21% from three

2020-2021 Prediction: 6 PPG, 5 RPG, 1 APG, 22 MPG

There is no denying, Aaron Wheeler had a disappointing sophomore campaign.

After shooting a promising 36% from three during his freshman season and averaging over 4 points per game, there was some reasonable expectations last season that we would have seen a jump in his skill set.

But, it appeared he took a step back. Though, he did increase his rebounds per game.

Can Wheeler improve during his junior season? My gut says, absolutely. After a season long drought, he has had plenty of time to get in the gym with college basketball ending early in 2020.

I would expect his 3 ball % to climb back up into the mid 30s. It looks so smooth coming out of his hand, his jumper is just smooth looking in general.

At 6-9, 210 pounds, he could play either the 3 or 4. With his length and athleticism, he should be able to disrupt most college wings, making a jump defensively would be great for him. He has shown glimpses of being great on the defensive end, just as much, if not more than offensively.

But, don’t expect his numbers to jump into double figures in scoring, he may never be that guy. But an expectation going into his junior year to get back to his freshman level shooting, isn’t far fetched.

I for one hope that shooting slump stays in last season’s pocket and we never see it again.