A year ago, Gelaun Wheelwright wasn't quite sure how he was going to play the recruiting game. One of the top guards on the West Coast, the then sophomore was taking times to feel things out. Then, USC hired Kevin O'Neill to replace Tim Floyd while retaining the most of the previous staff and the athletic guard from Corona (Calif.) Centennial was sold.
Now a junior, Wheelwright is happy that he made the decision he did.
"First of all it's close to home and my family, I really like that," said Wheelwright on his decision to pick the Trojans. "I really like the assistant coaches too. Coach Cantu and Coach Arnold have been recruiting me since the 9th grade. When I met coach O'Neill I liked him a lot too, so it was mostly because SC is close to home and I like the coaches."
A long and slender athlete, Wheelwright has the size of a point guard but is just as comfortable playing off the ball. In fact, he plays more off of the ball for his high school team because of their lack of size and his ability to score. But, looking ahead he knows that his future is running the point.
"I think I'll be able to get my big man involved and move the ball," said Wheelwright. "I can shoot a little bit too, so I'll be able to score and lock down the man I'm guarding too."
That being said, Wheelwright knows that he still has plenty of work to do before he starts practicing in the Galen Center during the fall of 2011.
"I need to focus on making better decisions," Wheelwright told SCPlaybook.com. "Taking care of the ball is important. That's what Coach Cantu told me I should really work on improving."
With plenty of time to focus on smoothing out any rough edges on his game, Wheelwright is looking forward to a strong finish to his junior season. He especially likes that he can do so without worrying about who may or may not be watching because his future is already set.
"Now that I've committed to SC it's a lot easier to play," said Wheelwright. "I feel like if I was to have a bad game, then some schools wouldn't be as interested me. Now, I know USC is going to be there whether I have a bad or good game."