Getting to Know: Aaron Wheeler
Oct. 12, 2017

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Aaron Wheeler is a freshman forward from Stamford, Connecticut, who will give the Boilermakers depth in the frontcourt. An outstanding athlete, Wheeler earned MVP honors at the National Prep School Championship after leading Brewster Academy to a national title and a 33-0 record as a senior.

Ending the day before Purdue’s exhibition game with Carroll College (Mont.) on Nov. 1, we will feature a different player every Monday through Thursday during the “Getting to Know” series.

Wheeler averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per game during the World University Games. He scored 11 points with eight rebounds in the win over United Arab Emirates during pool play in Taipei.

• Major: Organizational Leadership Supervision
• I was also recruited by: Pitt, Creighton, Northwestern and Arkansas
• Favorite Meal: Bacon burger
• Favorite Dessert: Crumb cake or cinnamon sugar donuts
• Favorite Music: Rap / Hip-Hop
• Favorite Song: Cold Hearted by Meek Mill
• Sports Hero: Michael Jordan
• Hobby: NBA 2k or chilling with friends
• Career Goal: NBA or do something involved with the NBA or basketball
• Occupation if not basketball: Business owner, basketball commentator
• Favorite Pro Team: New York Knicks
• Favorite Current Athlete: Jamal Crawford
• My Nickname Is: Wheels, Snoop, Slim, Bambi
• Favorite Saying: “Stay ready so you don’t gotta get ready” or “If you’re not getting better, you’re not getting better.”
• One Dinner Guest: Martin Lawrence
• If I could meet anyone: Will Smith
• Favorite president in history: Obama
• Favorite historical leader: Martin Luther King Jr.
• If I could have witnessed one sporting event: Mike Piazza walk-off after 9/11
• Historical event I would like to have witnessed: MLK Jr. “I Have A Dream” speech
• You’d be surprised to know: I can juggle
• Best Summer Vacation: Mexico
• Where I went on first date: McDonald’s
• Dream Car: Audi A8
• First Car: N/A
• Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla with rainbow sprinkles
• Favorite Snack: chips
• Favorite Candy: Watermelon Sour Patch
• Thing I Hate The Most: Repeating myself
• Biggest Fear: Heights
• Pet Peeve: When people smack their food when they eat.
• If I was Coach: I would get my players buckets.
• Favorite Kids Game (Board Game): Scrabble
• Favorite Color: Blue
• Favorite Amusement Park Ride: Superman
• First Celebrity Crush: Mariah Carey
• Favorite Class: Math
• Favorite Book: Forged By Fire
• Favorite Movie: Like Mike
• Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington
• What Mom Cooks Best: Chicken
• One Lesson From Dad: Let your game do the talking.
• Mom’s Advice: Do your best at anything you do.
• Favorite TV Show: Everybody Hates Chris or Martin
• Reality Show I Would Star: Real Husbands of Hollywood
• Favorite Cartoon: Tom and Jerry
• Dream Date: Zendaya
• First Trophy Was For: Basketball
• First Job As A Kid: Scoreboard for youth basketball games
• Favorite Thing to Do With Dad: Golf
• Favorite Video Game: NBA 2k
• Food I Can’t Stand: Cheese / Chocolate
• I’m Unbeatable In: NBA 2k
• My Inspiration Is: Seeing my parents work so hard
• Why I Chose Purdue University: Great fit and felt like family
• Favorite School Tradition: Pray before games
• Best Birthday Gift Ever: IPhone
• Favorite Holiday: Christmas
• I Don’t Go Anywhere Without: My phone and Chapstick
• Biggest Sports Thrill I Participated: National championship with Brewster Academy
• Biggest Sports Thrill I Witnessed: Sweet 16 game at Madison Square Garden
• Celebrity I Met: John Starks, Allan Houston
• Celebrity I Would Like to Meet: Carmelo Anthony
• What I would change in the world: Discrimination and racism
• If I could play 1-on-1 vs. anyone: Michael Jordan
• Favorite Emoji: Laughing Emoji



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