Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday

Dee-Dee Wheeler
Dee-Dee Wheeler


Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Dunbar Vocational Career Acad.





Elementary Education

Dee-Dee Wheeler's Career Honors

Honorable Mention Preseason All-American - Street & Smith's

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

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
UA Defensive Player of the Year
UA Freshman of the Year
UA Assists Leader Award
Arizona Basketball Classic All-Tournament Team

About Dee-Dee: Has 45 career double-digit scoring performances... Has started 52 of her career's 57 games... Is 3rd on the UA career list three-point percentage (.366), 3rd in career scoring average (14.4 ppg), tied for 3rd in minutes-played average (31.0 mpg), is 7th in three-point field goals made (89) and 7th in three-pointers attempted (243)... Coach Bonvicini says: "Dee-Dee has grown so much from the standpoint of what it takes to be a point guard, what it takes to lead her team. She brings us outstanding athletic ability and quickness, and her greatest asset is her speed. She's a defensive stopper, she's a proven scorer, she can shoot the three, and she can get to the basket. She's a great combination with Polkey because they understand each other's strengths and weaknesses. She's going to be a catalyst for us this year"...

2002-03 Season: 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 6th in the Pac-10 in steals (2.10 spg), 8th in three-pointers per game (1.58) and 7th 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... Held to just 7 points and 3 rebounds against Notre Dame (3/23/03) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament... 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... Career-high 9 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 Season: 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 5th in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.404), 6th in steals (2.04 spg), 8th in assists (3.32 apg), 9th 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 season high of 6 rebounds in three different games... Held to just 2 points and 4 rebounds against Arizona State (3/2/02) in first round of Pac-10 Tournament... Season-high 21 points against USC (2/16/02)... Credited with season-high 8 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... New Start provides freshmen who are from ethnic minority groups or who receive need-based financial aid the opportunity to participate in a six-week summer program that includes a class, extensive orientation to the University and the chance to take part in an academic conference...

High School: Two-time first team All-Illinois Class AA and All-Midwest Region selection as a senior at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in Chicago, Ill.... 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 Windy City Express club team in Chicago... Was club's scoring and assists leader, as well as team captain... Was also recruited by several Divison I schools to play softball.

Dee-Dee Wheeler's Career Highs

Field Goals Made: 13 at California (12/27/02)
Field Goals Attempted: 18, three times, last at UCLA (2/14/03)
Three-Point Field Goals Made: 6, twice, last vs. UCLA (1/18/03)
Three-Point Field Goals Attempted: 10, twice, last at UCLA (2/14/03)
Free Throws Made: 7, twice, last vs. Oregon State (3/8/03)
Free Throws Attempted: 9 at Wisconsin (1/26/03)
Rebounds: 9, twice, last vs. UCLA (1/8/03)
Points: 29 at California (12/27/02)
Assists: 8 vs. Washington State (1/10/02)
Blocked Shots: 2 vs. California (12/21/01)
Steals: 6 vs. Pittsburgh (12/2/01)
Minutes Played: 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 TOTAL... 59-54 1827/31.0 326-716 .455 89-243 .366 103-140 .736 74-163 237 4.0 146-3 177 187 13 122 844/14.3