GHSA Team Preview: Wheeler Wildcats
Head Coach: Larry Thompson
2020-2021 Record: 27-5 (State Champions)
Key Players: Isaiah Collier
Kyle Burns (Radford Commit)
Key Games: Nov. 20 – Grayson
Nov. 24 – Duncanville (TX)
Nov. 27 – Montverde Academy (FL)
Dec. 4 – TOC Showcase Classic
Dec. 27-28 – Tournament of Champions Holiday Classic
Jan. 13 – Kell
Jan. 15 – St. Ignatius (OH)
Jan. 17 – Kevin Durant MLK Classic
Jan. 29 – Riviera Prep (FL)
Feb. 11 - Kell
Wheeler has long been one of the powerhouse programs in the Peach State, and that has not changed in recent years, winning the 7-A state title in 2020 and 6-A state title in 2021 under head coach Larry Thompson.
This year’s team looks to be very well balanced, with dynamic playmakers and shot makers in the backcourt accompanied by solid size on the interior.
Five-star junior point guard Isaiah Collier will be the primary playmaker for the Wildcats, and his game has done nothing but progress over the course of his career so far. As always, he excels at handling the ball, finding teammates, and getting to the rim. However, his perimeter shot has taken significant strides over the past year and he will be one of Georgia’s most dangerous offensive players, as well as one of the best offensive players nationally.
Collier is joined in the backcourt by senior guards Kyle Burns and Juvon Gamory, who both make shots at a high level and have the ability to make plays as well. Burns, a Radford commit, had a great travel season with Team Dickerson, and will now be looking to make his mark on the high school season. Gamory is one of Georgia’s best shooters, and his ability to stretch the floor will make things easier on Wheeler’s playmakers and frontcourt players.
The Wildcats will feature great versatility on the wing in the form of junior Jalani Reynolds and sophomore Klairus Amir, both newcomers to the program. Both have great size at 6-foot-6 and will give Wheeler athleticism and the ability to defend hard on the wing as well as provide a big scoring punch. Reynolds currently has offers from Division I and Division II programs, and Amir is a notable player nationally in 2024.
The Wheeler frontcourt will have good size and length, led by junior forward Arrinten Page, who has great size at 6-foot-8 as well as a very high skill set on the interior. He could have a breakout season and find himself on a lot of radars heading into the next travel season. Cameron Brown will also provide good length and rim protection at 6-foot-9.