The next five days could be explosive for Kentucky football and Kentucky basketball. As you are reading this at 3:00 PM, Drew Barker is settling in at his press conference, ready to announce his decision between Kentucky and South Carolina.
Reports are out there that Andrew Wiggins’ mom has flown to West Virginia from Canada to be here for when her son announces his decision between Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas and Florida State. Sorry Louisville fans, no matter that Wiggins’ host mother fell in love with Pitino’s schtick, he ain’t coming to the Ville.
All this week, people have been asking “Who would you rather have: Wiggins or Barker?” I’m of the opinion that we will get both.
Barker comes in as the highest rated quarterback in the state of Kentucky and a consensus four star recruit. Steve Spurrier has been pushing hard to get him, and the Old Ball Coach knows a thing or two about quarterbacks. Mark Stoops and company came in late with Barker (Joker Phillips didn’t even recruit him) and look to be in position to land him.
We all know Andrew Wiggins story. He is a super star in the making. He’s the Canadian LeBron. Wherever he goes will get the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft. His talent is crazy good and so is his attitude. Nobody knows where he is going, but recent reports have UK and Florida State tied at the top of his list and Kentucky with a slight edge.
Whatever happens, happens. But if both commit, it’s going to be huge. If Barker goes to USC, Stoops has other four star quarterbacks on his big board that he can focus in on. Besides, Kentucky has a junior, two sophomores and a pretty good freshman at the position. Losing Barker wouldn’t kill them, but a commitment from a recruit like him would be an enormous boost for the program.
If Wiggins chooses another school, then so be it. Kentucky will still have the preseason #1 team and the best recruiting class of all time. But Wiggins would make this team almost damn near impossible to create a game plan for.
Sit back, enjoy the ride. It’s about to get under way.