Athlete of the Week: Julian Wheeler

Athlete of the Week: Julian Wheeler

Position: Guard/Forward Year: Sophomore Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Height: 6’3 Wt: 185 High School: Leuzinger Major: Criminal Justice

What inspired you to play basketball?

My dad and brother got me into playing basketball. I started at the age of five and I've loved it ever since. I knew it was the sport I wanted to play since I was young.

When you were growing up, who did you most admire in the game of basketball and why?

Growing up. I didn't really have a favorite player until Kobe (Bryant) came along. I was too young to remember Michael Jordan until the end of his career.

What type of music do you listen to before a game?

Before the game, I don't really have anyone in particular to listen to. I just put my iPod on shuffle and if something comes on I like, I just let it play out.

When you are not playing basketball, what do you do for fun?

For fun I like to just hang out with my friends, chill, and play NBA 2K. I'm a pretty laid back person so I don't go out like that.

If you were to meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

If I where to meet anyone in the world I would want to meet Barack Obama. Meeting the first black president would definitely be an honor.

Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan? Who do you think is a better player and why?

Even though Kobe is my favorite player, I would have to say Michael Jordan. He didn't win all those MVPs and championships out of luck. He also had a great all around game.

What do you think about Jeremy Lin and his underdog story? How can you compare yourself to him?

I think it’s a great story. It just goes to show that if someone is given a chance, they just need to make the best out of it. I can compare myself to him because during high school I was sometimes over looked. I just had to go out there and prove myself on the court.

What are your goals this year?

My goals this year is to get at least a 3.0 GPA, transfer to a division one school, and continue to play basketball.

If had one wish, what would you wish for and why?

If I had one wish I would wish for more wishes.

If you had a chance to work anywhere, where would you work and what would you do?

If I had a chance to work anywhere, it would have to be in the basketball field. That’s one thing I truly love to do.

Julian was the second leading scorer on the team averaging 14 points per game. He also received All Conference honors while leading his team to third place in the Western State Conference with a 15-13 overall record