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Dee-Dee Wheeler Biography
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/20/2005
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Dee-Dee Wheeler's Career Honors

2004-05
Honorable Mention All-American - AP
Honorable Mention All-American - Kodak/WBCA
UA MVP
First Team All-Pac-10
Wade Trophy candidate
Naismith Award candidate
Preseason Honorable Mention All-American - Street & Smith's
Preseason All-Pac-10
 
2003-04
First Team All-Pac-10
UA co-Most Valuable Player
UA Defensive Most Valuable Player
Nancy Lieberman Award Candidate (Point Guard of the Year)
All-Tournament Team - Fiesta Bowl Classic
All-Tournament Team - Hawai?'i Rainbow Wahine Classic
Honorable Mention Preseason All-American - Street & Smith’s
 
2002-03
First Team All-Pac-10
Pac-10 All-Tournament Team
UA co-Most Valuable Player
Pac-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 20)
All-Tournament Team - Fiesta Bowl Classic
 
2001-02
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
UA Defensive Player of the Year
UA Freshman of the Year
UA Assists Leader Award
All-Tournament Team - Arizona Basketball Classic

 

Career: Had 108 career double-digit scoring performances ... Had 32 scoring performances of 20 points or better ... Started 118 of her career’s 124 games ... Closed out her career ranked first in games played (124), games started (118), minutes played (4,032) and steals (304), tied for first in minutes played average (32.5), second in scoring (1,966), field goals made (762) and field goals attempted (1,679), third in scoring average (15.9), fourth in three-point field goals made (186) and three-point field goals attempted (530), fifth in assists (472), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.351), seventh in free throws made (256) and free throws attempted (352), tied for seventh in turnovers (382), and ninth in total rebounds (539) and personal fouls (295) ... On Dec. 27, 2003 became the 11th player in Wildcat history to reach the 1,000-point mark in career scoring.

2004-05: Started 31 games ... AP and WBCA honorable mention All-American ... Named All-Pac-10 for the third straight season ... One of three finalists for the Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence ... Pac-10 Player of the Week for Dec. 13-19 ... Named MVP of the Fiesta Classic ... Led team in points, scoring average, assists, steals, minutes played, minutes per game, field goals made, field goals attempted, three-point field goals made, three-point field goals attempted, free throws made and free throws attempted, and ranked second in three-point field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and total rebounds, and third in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, offensive rebounds and rebounding average ... Reached double-digit scoring in 30 of 32 games and scored 20 or more points 11 times ... Pulled down four or more boards 23 times ... Dished out two or more assists 28 times and nabbed two or more steals 23 times ... Finished with 19 points and eight assists at BYU on Nov. 27 ... Scored a career-high 35 points to go along with 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocks vs. UCSB on Dec. 17 ... Finished with 20 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals at Chicago State on Dec. 19 ... Tallied 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals at Washington State on Dec. 29 ... Totaled 19 points, eight assists and six steals vs. Cal on Jan. 7 ... Finished with 19 points, 11 assists, seven boards and three steals at UCLA on Jan. 16 ... Tallied 21 points, nine steals and eight rebounds at Cal on Feb. 5 ... Recorded a double-double - 25 points and 11 boards - vs. USC on Feb. 12 ... Finished with 19 points, seven steals, five rebounds and five assists vs. WSU on Feb. 26 ... Led the team with 16 points, nine assists and eight rebounds vs. Oklahoma in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Tallied 13 points against LSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

2003-04: Started all 33 games ... Averaged 16.9 points, 4.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Led the team in points, scoring average, assists and steals, and ranked second in field goals made, three-point field goals made and three-point field goal percentage, and third in rebounds and rebounding average ... Reached double-figure scoring in all 33 games and scored 20 or more points 10 times ... Dished out four or more assists in 26 of 33 games ... Pulled down three or more rebounds 28 times ... Played 30 or more minutes in 29 of 33 games ... Team tri-captain ... Named the Cats’ co-Most Valuable Player for the second straight year ... Played 1,133 minutes for the year, the most ever for any player ... Finished with 11 points, five assists, four rebounds and four steals against Michigan State (3/21/04) in first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Scored a team-high 12 points to go with three rebounds against Stanford (3/8/04) in the Pac-10 Tournament championship game ... Had 11 points, six rebounds and five assists against Washington (3/7/04) in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals ... Finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and seven assists against Oregon State (3/6/04) in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals ... Scored 17 points at Washington (2/28/04) ... Had 20 points and five assists at Washington State (2/26/04) ... Finished with 16 points, five steals and five rebounds against Oregon (2/21/04) ... Just missed a double-double with 12 points and a career-high nine assists against Oregon State (2/19/04) ... Scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed five rebounds at USC (2/15/04) ... Tied a season high with 25 points and dished out five assists at UCLA (2/12/04) ... Scored 15 points vs. California (2/7/04) ... Shot 9-for-10 from the free throw line on her way to 19 points and five rebounds against Stanford (2/5/04) ... Finished with 22 points at Arizona State (1/31/04) ... Had 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals at Oregon State (1/24/04) ... Finished with 22 points and seven rebounds at Oregon (1/22/04) ... Had 20 points, five steals, four assists and four rebounds against USC (1/15/04) ... Finished with 19 points, four assists and four steals at Stanford (1/10/04) ... Scored the game-winning bucket with five seconds left, finishing with 24 points and five steals at California (1/8/04) ... Scored a season-high 25 points to go with five rebounds at LSU (1/4/04) ... Had 23 points and four steals vs. Arizona State (1/2/04) ... Was 8-for-13 from the field en route to a 19-point and six-assist performance against Washington State (12/29/03) ... Scored 19 points and dished out six assists against Washington (12/27/03) ... Finished with 10 points, seven assists and six rebounds at New Mexico (12/20/03) ... Despite playing on a sprained ankle, went off for 19 points against Texas State (12/14/03) ... Named to Fiesta Bowl Classic All-Tournament Team after finishing with 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds against UMass (12/7/03) and 17 points vs. American (12/6/03) ... Named to the Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team ... Scored a team-high 21 points at Hawai?'i (11/30/03) ... Finished with 19 points and seven rebounds vs. Navy (11/29/03) ... Recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against Virginia (11/28/03) at the Hawai?'i tourney ... Had 19 points and five assists vs. NAU (11/22/03).

 

2002-03: Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award winner ... First team All-Pac-10 ... UA co-MVP ... Played in every game, starting all but one ... Second on the team in scoring (16.2 ppg) ... Finished the season sixth in the Pac-10 in steals (2.10 spg), eighth in three-pointers per game (1.58) and seventh in scoring ... Arizona was 9-0 during the season when she scored 20 points or more ... Reached double digits in scoring in 27 games, including 16 performances of 15 points or better ... Named to Pac-10 All-Tournament Team after averaging 14.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game during the three contests ... Chosen Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 20 after averaging 25.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg as the Cats swept the L.A. schools at home ... Pulled down a career-high nine rebounds at Washington (1/11/03) and vs. UCLA (1/18/03) ... Shot 13-for-16 from the floor and went off for a new career-high of 29 points at California (12/27/02) ... Selected to the All-Tournament Team of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.

 

2001-02: Was invited to tryout for the USA 20-and-Under National Team in May of 2002, but a last-minute ankle injury prevented her from attending the trials ... Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... UA Defensive Player of the Year ... Was the top-scoring freshman in the Pac-10 ... Reached double digits in scoring in 19 of the season's 28 games ... Finished the season fifth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.404), sixth in steals (2.04 spg), eighth in assists (3.32 apg), ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (0.94) and 13th in scoring (12.3 ppg) ... Was second on the team in scoring and fourth in rebounding (3.4 rpg) ... Tallied a season-high six rebounds in three different games ... Scored a season-high 21 points against USC (2/16/02) ... Credited with season-high eight assists against Washington State (1/10/02) ... Named to the Arizona Basketball Classic All-Tournament Team ... Participated in the New Start program on-campus during the summer of 2001.

 

High School: Two-time first team All-Illinois Class AA and All-Midwest Region selection at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in Chicago ... Also three-time All-Red Superconference and All-Chicago choice ... Three-time team Most Valuable Player ... Registered 27.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 4.6 steals per game as a senior while leading Dunbar to a 27-9 mark and third-place conference finish ... Set Dunbar school records for career points (2,489), assists (498) and steals (803) ... MVP of Chicago All-Academic Basketball Team ... Member of National Honor Society and named to Dunbar's Honor Roll ... Was the MVP of the 2000 adidas All-American Camp All-Star Game ... Played for the Chicago Hoops Express club team ... Was club's scoring and assists leader, as well as team captain ... Was also recruited by several Divison I schools to play softball.

 

Personal: Desire Denise Wheeler was born March 29, 1983, in Chicago ... Prefers to be called “Dee-Dee” ... Her grandmother is the late Addie Dunlap ... Has two older brothers, Antonio and Earl ... Major is education with a minor in athletic coaching ... Was the first girl to get a hit in the Junior League World Series.

 

Dee-Dee Wheeler's Career Highs

Field Goals Made: 13, twice, last on 12/16/04

Field Goal Attempts: 27 at LSU (1/4/04)

Three-Point Field Goals Made: 7 vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/16/04)

Three-Point Field Goal Attempts: 11 vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/16/04)

Free Throws Made: 9 vs. Stanford (2/5/04)

Free Throw Attempts: 10, twice, last on 11/27/04

Rebounds: 11, twice, last on 2/12/05

Points: 35 VS. UC Santa Barbara (12/16/04)

Assists: 11 at UCLA (1/16/05)

Blocks: 2, four times, last on 12/16/04

Steals: 9 at California (2/5/05)

Minutes: 42 at Oregon State (1/30/03)



Dee-Dee Wheeler's Stats at Arizona

|---Total---| |--3-Point--| |----Rebounds----| Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg 2001-02 28-24 799/28.5 126-275 .458 40-99 .404 51-69 .739 29-65 94 3.4 74-3 93 99 8 57 343/12.3 2002-03 31-30 1028/33.2 200-441 .454 49-144 .340 52-71 .732 45-98 143 4.6 72-0 84 88 5 65 501/16.2

2003-04 33-33 1133/34.3 220-469 .469 45-130 .346 73-98 .745 48-90 138 4.2 83-2 155 119 9 92 558/16.9 2004-05 32-31 1072/33.5 216-494 .437 52-157 .331 80-114 .702 62-102 164 5.1 72-1 140 76 8 90 564/17.6

TOTAL 124-118 4032/32.5 762-1679 .454 186-530 .351 256-352 .727 184-355 539 4.3 301-6 472 382 30 304 1966/15.9

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