|No. 6, 32|
October 14, 1973 |
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|High school||Ballard (Louisville, Kentucky)|
|NBA draft||1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|Pro playing career||1997–2010|
|1999–2000||Idaho Stampede (CBA)|
|2001–2002||Panteras de Miranda (Venezuela)|
|2002–2003||Buffalo City Thunder (MBA)|
|2003–2004||Juarez Gallos de Pelea (Mexico)|
|2004–2005||Calgary Drillers (ABA)|
|2005–2010||Soles de Mexicali (Mexico)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
DeJuan Shontez Wheat (born October 14, 1973) is a retired American professional basketball player, formerly of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and Vancouver Grizzlies. He was a star at the University of Louisville from 1993–97, becoming the first player in NCAA Division I history to amass career totals of at least 2,000 points, 450 assists, 300 three-point field goals and 200 steals.
Louisville's second all-time leader in three-point field goals (323), Wheat ranks second in school history in scoring (2,183 points) and third in assists (498). As a senior, he was named Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press, as well as Third Team All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Second Team All-America by The Sporting News. He led the Cardinals in scoring (17.3), assists (career-high 4.3), steals (career-high 1.94), three-point field goals (career-high 97) and minutes played (34.9 per game) as a senior and had 15 games with 20 or more points. He helped lead his hometown Cards to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament that season.
Wheat was selected 52nd overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers but was cut in the preseason. He was signed by Minnesota before the regular season began and saw limited action in 34 games, averaging 1.7 points in 4.4 minutes per game during the 1997-98 season. He signed as a free agent with Vancouver on Jan. 29, 1999, and played in 46 of 50 games, all as a reserve, averaging 4.5 points and 2.2 assists in only 12.8 minutes per game.