“It’s as frustrating as that new fangled math we teach in those athlete classes we have …. um I mean our normal classes”
Another day, and all we can say is that we are another day closer to the Andrew Wiggins decision. The rumor meter is at an all time high and seemingly every blog on the inter-webs has a source that that assures them that it will be their school that gets the golden goose. UNC head coach Roy Williams was in Durham yesterday, attending something called the Tar Heel Tour when someone in the crowd asked what the odds were of landing a top unsigned recruit.
Yes, Ole Roy commenting on Wiggins by name would be a violation, but that Roy is a smart one and danced about the answer:
The crowd erupted in laughter and Williams sheepishly responded, “25 percent. Four in a hundred is 25.”
He followed it up by saying, “I have no earthly idea.”
So there you go. Believe nothing you read until May 15.
Meanwhile, the pundits continue to discuss Andrew Wiggins 24/7. Here at the WBN, we have made the decision to not post stories saying that Wiggins still does not know where he is going … but all the Morning 5 is a free haven for those wanting Andrew Wiggins all the time. Jeff Eisenburg takes a look at the impact Wiggins would have at each of his four suitors. Here’s a spoiler. It will be a tremendous impact everywhere but here is how our Wildcats would be impacted.
Projected starting five with Wiggins: G Andrew Harrison, G Aaron Harrison, F Andrew Wiggins, F Julius Randle, C Willie Cauley-Stein
Outlook: Kentucky will likely have the nation’s most talented roster regardless of whether Wiggins comes or not, but John Calipari will boast the top-rated recruit at every position if the talented Canadian joins the Wildcats. Between Wiggins, Kentucky’s six other top 20 recruits and returning contributors Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer and Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky would be two deep with prep All-Americans at every position. The question for Wiggins regarding Kentucky is twofold: Does he want the nonstop attention he’d receive in a basketball-crazed state and does he mind sharing the ball with so many other high-level prospects? By all accounts, Wiggins is more publicity-shy than publicity-starved, so that could impact his decision.
Jon Rothstein does handicap the Wiggins race and in honor of the Kentucky Derby being last week, gives odds on where Andrew will land. FSU has the best odds at 4-1, followed by UK at 6-1. Kansas comes in at 8-1 and UNC at 10-1. So much for those reports that have the decision between Kansas and UNC. But who really knows?
THE SKINNY: John Calipari has already assembled the greatest recruiting class in the history of college basketball — and that’s without Wiggins. Kentucky has signed six McDonald’s All-Americans for next season, and adding Wiggins to the Wildcats’ already loaded stable would potentially give Kentucky one of the most talented rosters the sport has ever seen. We’re hearing Wiggins likes the idea of going to Lexington for a year, but other people around him aren’t too keen on the blue-chip prospect sharing the limelight with so many other high-level players.