Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting: Will the Ben McLemore Situation at Kansas Effect the Decision of Andrew Wiggins?

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Mar 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) looks to shoot during the game against the Michigan Wolverines during the semifinals of the South regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

If you did not catch it over the weekend, the Kansas Jayhawks may be in some trouble with the NCAA over Ben McLemore’s AAU coach accepting thousands of dollars and trips from the middle man of an agent. He is the situaion in a nutshell:

Darius Cobb, the AAU coach in question, reportedly “received thousands of dollars in cash, lodging, meals and trips from a middle man who courted the Kansas player on behalf of sports agents and financial advisers during the 2012-13 college basketball season,” according to Prisbell.

Cobb said he received $10,000 from Rodney Blackstock, who runs Hooplife Academy, in addition to three fully paid trips to Los Angeles. Cobb denied going on the trips to L.A., although he did acknowledge that he and Blackstock were close because of his ties and insider knowledge of how things work with NBA agents.

If the allegations of McLemore’s former coach taking money prove true, it would jeopardize his amateur status with the Jayhawks. It’s unclear how the NCAA will proceed with its investigation at this time since McLemore has already declared for the NBA.

This doesn’t look good for Kansas even though McLemore claims he had no involvement. Regardless if he knew or not, his coach accepted large sums of cash on his behalf, which is a BIG no no with the NCAA.

With this controversy far from over, and the likelihood that it will continue through the 2013-2014 season, will Andrew Wiggins now be turned off from becoming a Kansas Jayhawk, essentially eliminating that school from his list of final four?

Let’s look at it this way; Wiggins is a quiet, low key kid that doesn’t like the spotlight. The possibility of negative press, a coaching staff under the gun and constant questions about his team’s fate might be enough to turn Wiggins away from Kansas.

And this could be a huge development considering the most recent scuttlebutt that Wiggins’ father is urging him to choose either Kansas or Florida State over Kentucky and North Carolina. This rumor isn’t confirmed but it is out there.

Hopefully the questions about Wiggins’ decision will be laid to rest in the next week as the May 15th deadline is quickly approaching. I can’t remember the last time that a high school player’s decision took this long and caused this much distress amongst multiple fan bases.

If anybody is telling you that they know where Wiggins is going, even members of his family, they are most likely lying to you. I honestly think that Wiggins has no clue where he is going or how he is going to announce it. Stayed tuned, it’s going to be an interesting couple of days.

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  • Zcrib

    dumb. this will not impact his decision at all. KU and McLemore were both not involved (though KU is investigating). NCAA will likely not even have jurisdiction for this case

    • James

      Actually, not dumb. If you actually read the article that I linked then you would know that the AAU coach and the agent were guests of Ben McLemore’s at Kansas games at least three times. That puts them right in KU’s yard.

      And if the AAU coach of an amateur accepts thousands of dollars to nudge a player towards an agency for the NBA then the amateur status is in question.

      Welcome to delusionville. You are in denial and Kansas is about to have a season vacated.