New Jersey forward Philip Wheeler, who had planned to transfer to the Patrick School for his senior season, will instead head to Italy to play professionally.
Apparently his grades were an issue and it wasn’t going to be easy for him to get into college so in his case, it could be a solid decision.
However, being a teenager overseas won’t be easy and playing against grown men is going to be an eye opening experience. Then there’s the question of language - most American kids don’t speak Italian so until he can get up to speed he’ll have to rely on translators or the kindness of strangers. Just about everything is going to be different, including the rules. So there’s a lot to learn.
On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that he goes over there, loves everything about it, does well in basketball, finds a home and spends his life there. Who knows?
It’s a great adventure for someone his and we hope he enjoys the hell out of it.