Phillip Wheeler is a 6’8, Class of ’20 forward from Rumson, New Jersey. His athleticism went unmatched during Ranney School’s playoff run to the Tournament of Champions finals. At the Rutgers Athletic Center, they won a closely fought battle. He managed to score heavily on the offensive end against teams like Bergen Catholic, Rutgers Prep, and Trenton Catholic. At the same time, he was a key defensive player when Ranney played Roselle Catholic and top 60 nationally ranked power forward Cliff Omoruyi. He shut down Omoruyi and held him to 4 points, helping Ranney advance into the TOC.
Although Wheeler has a solid mid-range and 3-point jumper, the majority of his points come from his rim-shaking dunks. Whether it be an off the backboard dunk assisted by Villanova commit Bryan Antoine or just a simple throw-down, Wheeler impresses the crowd. Not only this, but Wheeler has good handles for a big man that can get him down-court in a flash, blowing past anyone he wants.
Wheeler’s athleticism is not only limited to his dunking. He maintained five to six rebounds during Ranney’s playoff run over notable centers like top NJ center Zach Freemantle, a Xavier Commit. He had key blocks when his team needed them the most.
Team Rio National is next up for Wheeler, the highest New Jersey AAU team. There, Wheeler will look to improve himself alongside with fellow Ranney teammate Elijah Perkins for the upcoming 2019-’20 season. Team Rio is known for producing stars like Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis, both McDonald’s All American players.
For the upcoming Ranney season, Wheeler will have a lot to prove. Having two McDonald’s All American players and a complete senior rotation graduating this year will put Wheeler and the rest of the remaining Ranney players to the test. Wheeler and the rest of the Ranney team, will really have to focus in, in order to lead the Ranney team back into the playoffs and achieve a repeated state championship at the Rutgers Athletic Center.