Ohio State has its C.J. Walker replacement for the 2021-22 season, on the same day that Walker insinuated on his Twitter that his time in Columbus has come to a close. Former Penn State guard Jamari Wheeler announced on Tuesday evening that he’ll play his final season with the Buckeyes.
Wheeler was one of several Penn State players to leave State College in the wake of Pat Chambers’ ouster and the hiring of Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry to replace him. He was a senior last season and is using his COVID eligibility year to play for the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot, 170-pound guard started every game for Penn State as a senior, averaging 8.0 points, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 31.2 minutes per game. He was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.
Wheeler was one of several transfers the Buckeyes were eyeing, along with Seton Hall’s Shaver Reynolds and Marshall’s Jarod West. His teammate, forward John Harrar has also been on the Buckeye radar.