If current Kentucky Wildcat commit is Julius Randle is correct, Aaron Gordon will be picking the Wildcats today when he announces his college decision. The Arizona Wildcats, that is.
UK landed McDonald’s All American Julius Randle – a power forward like Gordon – a couple weeks ago, but Gordon said his pledge makes the Cats more appealing, not less.
“Me and Julius on the same team would be kind of hard to stop,” he said.
Randle, for his part, wasn’t sure which schools Gordon was down to.
When informed of the four finalists, Randle predicted Arizona.
Indeed, those Wildcats are strong contenders who landed Gordon’s former AAU teammates Brandon Ashley last year.
Gordon says the he has already made the commitment to the lucky coach and that the decision “shocked his parents”. Most pundits seemed to take that as Arizona also, as Washington had been a heavy favorite for a while. Gordon will be his announcement official at 12:30PM or so today. It will not be televised but is part of his regularly schedule McDonald’s All American media opportunity.
Andrew Wiggins still has no timeframe for his college decision but after today, he will be the last recruit standing. Wiggins is currently spending time with all six of Kentucky’s McDonald’s All Americans in anticipation of Wednesday’s All Star Game. Adam Zagoria tells us about how this Kentucky class would be regarded should Wiggins join the team:
Several NBA executives told SNY.tv that would be the greatest class in the history of college basketball.
“There will be scouts at both practices and most of their games next year,” one NBA scout said of Kentucky.
“They will be recruited heavier than any other team in college going into next year especially if any of their freshman stay in school. Wiggins will be seen by everyone but Kentucky as a team will be scouted more than anyone.”
Wiggins is also considering Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State, the alma mater of his parents, former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins, and former Canadian Olympic track star, Marita Payne-Wiggins, as well as his friend and teammate, Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
Yet he is spending this week with six — count ‘em, six — Kentucky-bound McDonald’s All-Americans ahead of Wednesday’s game in Chicago.
Wiggins also spoke about the possibility of him joining UK and how that team would be … well, insane.
Yesterday’s big news was that Archie Goodwin would be entering the NBA Draft and that Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer would be returning to Kentucky. Interestingly enough, Marquis Teague’s brother Jeff has made comments that his brother should have stayed at Kentucky for this past season:
Jeff Teague believes that his brother, Marquis, should have stayed at Kentucky for one more year of seasoning instead of entering last June’s draft and joining the Chicago Bulls.
“I said, ‘Go back to school one more year,’ but he felt like he was ready, and I can’t tell him what to do,” said Jeff, “and I was going to be with him whatever decision he made. But I thought he should have went back and had another year to hone his skills. He wanted to come out. He made a grown-man choice.
“But I think he’s enjoying it. He just tries to stay focused and work hard every day. I told him that was the biggest thing — to make sure that they see you love the game.”
Marquis Teague has played sparingly this season despite Derrick Rose missing all season and Kirk Hinrich sitting out long stretches. He is averaging 2.3 points and 1.4 assists in 8.9 minutes per game.