Whaley spent all five years of his college career at UConn, appearing in a total of 138 games for the Huskies. In 2021/22, he averaged 7.7 PPG and 4.8 RPG in 32 games (28.5 MPG) as a full-time starter.
Although Whaley wasn’t a major offensive threat at UConn, he earned a reputation as a talented defender. He averaged 2.4 blocks per contest across his final two college seasons, and was the co-winner of the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2021.
Whaley’s Exhibit 10 contract will put him in line for a bonus worth up to $50K if he’s waived by Charlotte before the regular season begins and joins the Hornets’ G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm. An Exhibit 10 deal can also be converted into a two-way contract before the start of the regular season.