Evan Dainels talked a lot about Andrew Wiggins yesterday. First he sparked some controversy by saying that he would not be shocked if we still didn’t know where Wiggins was going by the May 15th deadline. He stated that Wiggins could wait until afterwards as he is really struggling with his decision. This is something that Kentucky fans, North Carolina fans, Florida State fans and Kansas fans did not want to hear.
Daniels also stated his opinion on where Wiggins stands on the remaining schools:
1. Kentucky or Florida State
3. North Carolina
I find it interesting that all of a sudden Kentucky is tied with Florida State at the top and Kansas is knocked down a notch. Rumors were rampant that Wiggins’ father was pushing Kansas or Florida State. But did the latest developments with Ben McLemore influence Wiggins? I’d venture to say yes.
Here is Daniels talking to KSTV:
Eamon Brennan from ESPN.com lays out why Kentucky would be a perfect fit for Wiggins:
There are plenty of reasons why it would work, of course, namely Calipari. Save last season, a rare aberration in which the UK coach couldn’t get a group of talented young guys to put it together on the defensive end, Calipari’s defenses have finished in the top 15 in adjusted efficiency every year since 2006 and in the top 10 in all but two of those seasons. His 2012 national title team wasn’t his best defensively, but it was the most emblematic of his ideal squad in that it combined real NBA stars into the most balanced and prolific team we’ve seen in a long time. That was a special group, but so is this one; there’s no reason to expect 2011-12 can’t or won’t happen again in Lexington this season — why Calipari can’t convince his star player his way works. Because it does.
The funny thing is, that’s probably going to be the case whether Wiggins goes to UK or not. If Wiggins goes elsewhere, Kentucky will still be the SEC favorite and a national title contender, if not the favorite. If Wiggins does choose to join up — if he agrees to top billing in the “Kentucky signed the Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 18 players in the class of 2013″ phrase you’d read a lot between now and November — then we have to recalibrate our expectations much, much higher.
Laying claim to the Iron Throne is a good place to start. Galactic domination isn’t out of the question. A genuine discussion of the Accomplishment That Shall Not Be Named (hint: it starts with “u” and rhymes with “superheated”) is somewhere on that list. Rest assured, Calipari is interested in all three.
Brennan gets extra props from me with the Game of Thrones reference. And if you aren’t watching that show you are missing out on the best thing on TV.