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Having the returning junior and sophomore not seeing the playing time that they probably deserve could have been the rotting apple that spoiled the whole bunch. Wiggins' decision to not come here might have been the best thing for our team chemistry. That's what I'm going to tell myself anyway, and it very well could be the truth.
“People who live in the past are afraid to compete in the present. There's no future in it.” -- Sparky Anderson
And that, my friends, is the silver lining. Polson earned his scholarship.
He already did: Julius Randle.
I guess I meant from this point forward. I'd like to see Cal just do it on purpose to piss him off.
This guy isnt the sharpest tool in the shed.....really Kansas? Way to go Wiggins.
Those two programs are always going to battle for recruits. Arguably the top two programs in the country right now, tradition-rich, two tremendous coaches who are also the best of the best recruiters, top Nike and adidas schools. I'd hazard a guess they'll go head-to-head about 80 percent of the time.
Agreed. The Wiggins commit will put KU right up there with UK as the preferred destination of HS kids everywhere.
Not if Wiggins struggles which is still possible given the fact that he's not a polished offensive player at this point. I thought he would be great for us because he could play a specific role as a defensive stopper basically guarding the opposing teams best player regardless of position night in and night out. At KU he'll be asked to score a lot of points for them to win games. I'm not sure he's ready for that when teams are able to key on him. College teams can take anybody away when teams don't have a lot of options. Even the best players going up against the not so best teams. Self isn't the greatest coach when it comes to offense either. He's a great defensive coach but his teams haven't shown a propensity to outscore you nor has he had a bunch of top scorers. He also hasn't done really well in the past with a lot of young talent which is what he'll have this year. They lost a ton. KU IMO was the 3rd worst choice that Wiggins could have made. FSU being the worst. UK and UNC being #1 and #2.
By the way I still want Wiggins to do well unless its against UK and I think he'll do well. Just pointing out that its not automatic for a variety of reasons.
Yeah, watching Shabazz this past year, it will be interesting to see how Self uses Wiggins. If this team is dependent on how well he plays, we will see how much pressure is on him. One thing top recruits find out soon in college is that MOST of the teams have great athletes, not shabby like you see every other night in high school. To me DEFENSE, is the thing that is hardest for top recruits to improve on in one year.
Your opinion of Wiggin's capabilities does not jive with most Pro Scouts.
Regarding this year's draft....................
Kentucky's Nerlens Noel might have sat atop our Big Board all year and might be the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
However, he's not the best amateur basketball player in the world.
That honor goes to Canadian Andrew Wiggins, who announced Tuesday he will play college ball at Kansas this fall.
I spent Monday talking to a number of NBA general managers and scouts about Wiggins' NBA potential. Here's the lowdown:
Q: Would Wiggins really be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft?
Every GM and scout in the league whom I've spoken with believes that Wiggins would be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft if he were eligible. Every one.
"Noel is a really good NBA prospect," said one NBA GM whose team will be in the draft lottery. "He's just not a franchise-changing player. Wiggins is one of the three or four best prospects in the last decade. He has the ability to completely turn around a franchise. All 30 teams would take him with the No. 1 pick if they could."
In the words of Bone, "We'll see you at the crossroads, so you won't be lonely."
Nobody should be worried about anyone with this squad Cal will field. This season will consist of a bunch of curb stomping by our beloved Blue and White. The Jayhawks will do exactly what they were destined to do and bow out mid-March. We will see what Self can do with a young team like the '12 Cats.
Opinions change like the wind. Wiggins pro status is no different. I expect him to be the top pick, but if he doesn't perform like he should then he will be overtaken. That also doesn't mean he won't be the best player ever. Hell, MJ wasn't the top pick. Just saying.
What is your point cause I don't quite get it? I said he's not a polished offensive player at this point in his career. That has no bearing on whether or not he'll be drafted #1. You Ville fans don't quite understand how the draft works do ya.
My point is this:
As stated in the article: Andrew Wiggins is the best amateur basketball player in the world (including the sixty some that will soon be drafted into the NBA).
And you said: "he is not a polished offensive player at this point in his career."
The fact that Wiggins would play immediately for any NBA franchise seems to elude you.
Is that logic just convenient because Wiggins chose KU?
Nevermind. I think I know the answer.
We'll see. At UK he wouldn't have been asked to carry the offensive load which is very very hard for any freshman to do. At KU he will need to carry the offensive load for them to win a bunch of games. We will see how successful they are as a team. I for one don't think they will be very successful unless they find other scoring options. Don't think Wiggins is ready to be that main guy on offense at this point in his career night in and night out for a championship contending college basketball team. Defensively he'll lock anyone down especially with a coach like Self to teach him the finer points of the game. Offensively I think he'll struggle some and KU will struggle along with him. We shall see what happens. Remember KU does not have very much if any at all veteran leadership to lean on.
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I wouldn't worry about this guy's opinion too much. We all know Floyd St U fans don't know as much about basketball as they like to think. Maybe they'll start trolling UNC fans in hopes of being the next Duke.
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