RICHMOND, Va. -- As Roosevelt Wheeler sat behind the table, ready to announce the biggest decision in his basketball career, the emotion of the moment almost took over.
"On my dad's side of the family, not many went to college," Wheeler said. "So, this is a big accomplishment for that side of the family. For my mom's side of the family, this great accomplishment to my family added to the tree."
Once he composed himself, Wheeler announced to friends, family, and teammates at a small ceremony inside John Marshall's gym that he will play college basketball at Louisville.
"Me signing that was difficult," Wheeler explained. "It was a lot because the other schools were amazing. Thank you again for that."
Wheeler picked Louisville nearly two weeks ago because it felt like home.
"The coaching staff," Wheeler expressed. "They definitely wowed me. They treated me like JM treated me. And I thank them for that. And I'm glad they are my choice."
Wheeler's decision to sign with Louisville wasn't an easy one.
The hometown VCU Rams was one of his final five schools. And the thought of wearing the black and gold jersey almost had him playing his home games at the Siegel Center.
"Honestly, if I would have never had Louisville, that would have been the school I was going to," Wheeler admitted. "It would have been great, very great ride. Showed me a lot since I been here. And I am happy to even have this opportunity."