Road Report: Wheeler High School

Day two of the Georgia high school tour landed us at Wheeler High School. The Wildcats have a handful of prospects, including DeQuan Jones, who lit it up during the work out.

MARIETTA, GA -- The state of the Georgia is loaded with talent and one of the schools that possess the most prospects is Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler. Tuesday evening the Wildcats held an open gym and the talent level was evident.

The Wildcats have a little bit of everything, but the prospect that stood out the most was senior DeQuan Jones. The Miami commit, who is known for his big time athleticism, definitely showed off his dunking ability, but he also did much more.

Stewart Ranks No. 20 At
The 6-foot-5 wing impressed us with his strength and ability to take smaller defenders on the block. He also showed an improved jump shot that was going down at a consistent clip during the two-hour session. Wheeler is also home to a pair of juniors that are ranked in's top 75. Ari Stewart (No. 20) and Richard Howell (No. 55) were both impressive at times during the workout.

Stewart is a 6-foot-6 combo forward that is clearly trying to expand his game and upgrade his perimeter moves. The 2009 prospect matched up against Howell in the first game of the evening and the two went right each other.

Stewart got a few buckets going to the rack and showed off a nice fade away. While Stewart has a smooth style to his game, Howell uses his strength and body to will his way to the basket.

Howell also showed off a pretty good-looking jump shot that he didn't get to showcase much over the summer because of his leg injury. Throughout the session, Howell mixed in three-pointers, including one from two feet behind the line.

Another talented prospect that will suit up for Wheeler this season is Phil Taylor. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound point guard won every game he played on Tuesday and his craftiness and ability to penetrate was on full display.

Taylor Proves His Worth
Another area that Taylor excelled in was shooting the ball. He consistently took his man off the bounce for pull up three-pointers and he also mixed in a handful of floaters on drives to the basket.

The loaded Wheeler squad will get tested this year, as they'll play in a few national events. In early December they'll play Findlay Prep at the Marshall County Hoopfest. They'll also trip to Myrtle Beach for the Beach Ball Classic.

Stewart Preps For Upcoming Visit

Following the pick up games, Stewart claimed scholarship offers from Florida, Wake Forest, North Carolina, UCLA, Connecticut, Arizona, Oregon, Michigan State, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Texas and USC.

"I'm still open to everybody," Stewart said. "I'm not leaning towards one school, I'm just open to everybody. I'm trying to see who fits me the best."

With so much interest, Stewart decided to start taking unofficial visits. The Gators were among the first to host him.

"I took an unofficial visit to Florida about three weekends ago. I was impressed. I really like their facilities and the atmosphere. I think it's somewhere that I will consider."

Next up is Wake Forest. Stewart is planning to take a trip to Winston Salem, N.C. in two weeks.

"They are probably the school that is recruiting me the hardest. I guess I like the fact that it's in the ACC and it's a big time basketball program. They just had a pretty strong recruiting class."

Howell Has Long List Of Suitors

Howell Plays Well In Pick Up Games
Much like Stewart, Howell has heard from a long list of schools. The 6-foot-7 forward mentioned Florida, Georgia, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, USC, North Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Georgetown and N.C. State.

"I really like Michigan State, Florida and Georgetown," Howell said. "I just like the way their coaches have their teams set, they just kind of fit my description."

He was scheduled for a visit to Michigan State this past weekend, but the visit was pushed back because of a recent MRI. He did say that he hopes to visit MSU and a few other schools soon.

"Yeah I'm going to take some visits. Michigan State and Florida are probably my next two and then North Carolina."

Howell isn't looking to make a decision soon.

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