Former Rutgers basketball star Erica Wheeler was named the MVP of the WNBA All-Star game on Saturday afternoon. Leading Team Wilson to a 129-126 victory in her first All-Star game appearance, Wheeler came off the bench and stole the show in front of a star studded crowd in Las Vegas. She scored a game high 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting, including 7 of 13 from three-point range after making her first six shots from deep. Wheeler also had 7 assists to zero turnovers and 4 rebounds.
In her fourth season with the Indiana Fever and sixth overall in the WNBA, Wheeler is having her best year so far. She is averaging 12.3 points on 46.4% shooting from the floor and 42.7% shooting from three-point range, as well as 5.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Wheeler, who was undrafted, dedicated the All-Star game MVP award to her late mother, who passed away before her senior season at Rutgers.
She spoke with our Lance Glinn on episode no. 8 of the On The Banks podcast about the impact that had on her and how much legendary Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer helped her stay in school and graduate, fullfiling a promise to her mother. Wheeler also scored over 1,000 points in a Scarlet Knights uniform.
Congratulations Erica Wheeler on her dominant performance under the spotlight and good luck to her the rest of the season.