When Sahvir Wheeler came to Kentucky this offseason, the post-it-note attached to his name was "assist" and "leader." I'm sure you can put two and two together on why.
Sahvir led the SEC in assists in 2020-21, and had plans to continue that at Kentucky. Many didn't believe he could, but he kept his ship afloat the whole way through. Fast forward to the season, and he's done just that the entire time. Wheeler is now averaging 7 assists a game, totaling 170 in 24 games as a Wildcat. That feat labels him as the conference leading assister amongst the rest of the competition.
Here are the SEC leaders in assist, which doesn't have the numbers from Kentucky's game at Tennessee on February 15th. Like I mentioned earlier, Wheeler has 170 on the season, and is the clear front runner in the category.
Having a pass-first point guard to run your offense, complimented by multiple great shooters on the roster is a combination that mixes quite well. We'll likely see Sahvir take that crown home at the end of the season and it just goes to show how hard he fights despite being the smallest guy on the court during most games.
Going off the average of seven assists a game, Sahvir would need only 11 more games to break Tyler Ulis' single-season record of 246 total assists set in the 2015-16 season.
Being under 5'10 and dishing out dimes in college basketball is something we should be talking about more going forward. Maybe there’s a method behind that.