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Wheeler named NJCAA All-American

April 1, 2015 | By Tyler Cundith

Johnson County Community College women's basketball sophomore forward Nieka Wheeler (Independence, Mo.) was named to the 2015 NJCAA Division II All-America First-Team in a release by the association on Tuesday. Last week, Wheeler also was selected as a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honorable mention All-American.

This is the sixth consecutive year a JCCC women's basketball player has earned NJCAA All-American. Wheeler is the 26th All-American overall in JCCC women's basketball history, and the 11th to earn WBCA honors.

Two weeks ago Wheeler was named the MVP at the NJCAA D-II Tournament after leading the Lady Cavaliers to the program's second national championship. In the title game, Wheeler led JCCC with a 16-point effort. She averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the four games at the tournament.

"She is a special kid, special person, great leader and warrior," said head coach Ben Conrad after the winning the title. "She will be a successful person in her life because of her character."

Wheeler finished the season as Johnson County's leader in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures 23 times, including all four games in the national tournament, and topped double digits 11 times in rebounds. She also shot 55 percent from the floor, which ranked seventh in the NJCAA.

Wheeler's 484 season points scored rank as the 16th-best season in JCCC history. She also ranks tied for 21st on the season rebound chart with 269, 10th in season field goal percentage at .550, and ninth in season free throws at 127.

For her career, Wheeler scored 848 points (12.7) and pulled down 455 rebounds (6.8) and made 55 percent of her shots. She leaves ranked 12th all-time in scoring, 16th in rebounding and as the third most accurate shooter in JCCC history. She also ranks seventh on the career free throw chart with 211.