Andrew Wiggins is currently getting ready for his freshman season with the Kansas Jayhawks, but that is not stopping John Calipari from going after the next big thing in college basketball recruiting. And that appears to be fellow Canadian Montague Gill-Caeasar, one of the top ranked players from the class of 2015. Due to the fact both are Canadians and both attend Huntington Prep (and are coached by Rob Fulford), the similarities to Wiggins will arise. Throw in the fact that Gill-Caesar is considering reclassifying into an earlier class (ala Wiggins) and you can go crazy with comparisons.
As for the Wiggins comparisons, Gill-Caesar doesn’t completely dismiss them.
“I take little things but at the same time I’m my own player,” he told SNY.tv. “I try to add some of my own stuff to my game, but yeah he’s helped me a lot.”
The two both attended Vaughan Secondary School in Ontario and ultimately came to Huntington (W.V.) Prep. They were teammates last year and remain very close friends, even with Wiggins now off to Kansas after perhaps the most hyped recruitment in recent history.
“I talk to him every day just to see how he’s doing at school, what college is like,” Gill-Caesar said of Wiggins, now in summer school at Kansas. “He gives me a lot of advice. He told me athleticism is not really going to get you that far.”
As far as his own recruitment, Gill-Caesar holds offers from Baylor, West Virginia, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio State and Alabama, according to Fulford.
He also has interest from Kentucky and recently got a call from head coach John Calipari.
“He just said he likes my improvements,” he said. “When he saw me during the season he likes how I handle the ball, how I handle the pressure.”
Apparently DeMarcus Cousins is going to remain a member of the Sacramento Kings, so now the big question is how Boogie will vibe with new coach Michael Malone? Apparently the summertime is fine as the bromance is in full bloom between Cousins and Malone. The two were spotted hugging on the Kings bench during the summer league game recently.
During the Kings 93-87 victory over Atlanta at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas the pair were seen sitting on the bench joking and even hugging each other.
“People can talk about DeMarcus Cousins and say what they want about him, but for me it is a fresh start and I told him that,” Kings Head Coach Michael Malone told News10 Sports Producer Sean Cunningham. “I wanted to give him a hug and let him know I appreciated him being here and that he was our good luck charm. I wished he came earlier in the week.”
Friday night was at least the second time the pair have interacted in person. Earlier this month, Coach Malone and the Kings brass flew to Alabama to visit with Cousins.
It says a lot that Malone flew to Alabama to meet with Cousins. If you want to see the video of the budding bromance, click on the above link.
As of now, Karl Towns Jr is the only member of John Calipari’s 2014 class. He is still a very big thing in his home area of New Jersey though. So much, so that MSG Variety produced a documentary on Towns called “Center of Attention”. If you have a free 84 minutes to kill on this Monday, watch it here.