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Providence and St. John’s offer 2020 forward Phillip Wheeler

The New Jersey native just picked up a couple of Big East offers.

NCAA Basketball: St. John at Providence Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Phillip Wheeler is starting to gain even more attention in the Big East.

He already had an earlier offer from the Seton Hall Pirates, from last spring, but over the last couple of days he’s had both the St. John’s Red Storm and Providence Friars knocking on his door.

On Tuesday, he announced that he received an offer from Providence. Less than 24 hours later, he shared that he also got one from St. John’s.

Wheeler, a 2020 forward that stands in at 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds, currently plays at the Ranney School, a New Jersey basketball powerhouse. He was a newcomer this season, after spending the last couple of years at Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.).

Playing alongside 5-star tandem of Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine, Wheeler managed to carve out a niche for himself. In 20 games of action with Ranney, Wheeler averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He scored 14 points in the Panthers’ New Jersey Tournament of Champions title game victory, being one of four Ranney players to hit the double-digit mark. All in all, it was another successful year for Ranney, who won the Non-Public state championship and Tournament of Champions. The Panthers were named New Jersey’s Team of the Year, and Wheeler was able to be one of the dependable contributors.

Wheeler is an explosive athlete, with tremendous bounce. He’s a great finisher around the basket and thrives by attacking inside. He can throw it down and provide some tremendous highlights. He’ll be busy on the AAU Circuit this summer, running with Team Rio National (N.J.).