The revolution will not be televised … and neither will Andrew Wiggin’s college decision.
Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford announced Sunday night that Wiggins will sign with a school Tuesday at about 12:15 p.m.
Wiggins — the No. 1 overall basketball player in the class of 2013 — will choose Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State or Kansas.
UK fans have grown accustomed to seeing their top incoming recruits announce their college destination during live press conferences broadcast nationally on ESPN. That won’t be the case with Wiggins.
“He does not want to have a press conference signing,” Fulford said in a text message. “He wants it private to just his classmates, family and friends.”
Fulford also said that he appreciated “everyone’s patience and understanding” in a recruitment that is finally drawing to a close after months of rumors and indecision.
So there you go. I know that a lot of fan sites have accused Wiggins of being a “prima donna” and seeking attention with his delays, this seems to solidify the theory that Wiggins is not just seeking the spotlight. Best of luck to Andrew with his decision.
Want some predictions as to where Wiggins will end up? 24/7 Sports polled several local and national and local experts, including the WBN’s own Josh Kays. Most of the pundits thought he would be a Seminole, but the Kentucky contingent picked UK. I don’t know if that means that the UK guys have drunk the Cal Kool-aid, or if the rest of the writers are just oblivious to Calipari’s skills. I’m hoping it’s the latter.
Over the last couple of years, the Kentucky and Louisville fanbases have invaded the rival team’s home arena en route to a NCAA championship. Granted, it was a great experience for both UK and UL fans to be able to root on their teams with a relatively short drive. This type of thing has been going on in North Carolina for most of the decade as the Blue Devils and Tar Heels have enjoyed the home state advantage. He thinks this is an area both UK and UL should work on together to ensure it happens a lot more.
In the era of John Calipari and Rick Pitino, the Kentucky-Louisville men’s basketball rivalry is a burning inferno of antagonism. Yet there is an area where UK and U of L men’s basketball would both benefit from the two schools working together to ensure more in-state tourney games.
Since NCAA Tournament rules prohibit teams from playing Big Dance games on their home courts, it would be in the interests of UK basketball for U of L to play host to the NCAA tourney in the KFC Yum Center as often as possible.
It would be equally beneficial to U of L basketball for UK to play host to the NCAA tourney in Rupp Arena as often as possible.
In 2012, Kentucky started NCAA Tournament play in the Yum Center with two wins before partisan UK crowds and went on to claim the national championship.
In 2013, Louisville started NCAA Tournament play in Rupp Arena with two wins before partisan U of L crowds and went on to claim the national championship.
The question on the floor this morning, is why shouldn’t our basketball-mad state aspire to put itself in position to serve as host for some part of the NCAA Tournament every year?
For the benefits of a state maximizing its hosting opportunities, college basketball interests in the commonwealth need only to look to North Carolina.