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Really good read, no matter where you think Wiggins is leaning or where he'll end up:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The potential of Andrew Wiggins, the Canadian basketball phenom considered the best high school-aged player in the world, is layered in hyperbole.
Nothing personal, but I have a hard time rectifying the words good read, and Pete Thamel in the same sentance!
is this what has people talking about Wiggins today ?
WE ARE UK
I could be totally wrong about this, but I really think that this whole thing of Wiggins hating the spotlight is a bunch of smoke and mirrors. I've heard from and read about numerous people how at the basketball games like Hoopfest and stuff down in KY where hundreds of people clamored for an autograph or picture from him, and he didn't turn down a single UK fan. And besides, if he went to FSU he would be seen as the sole savior of the program, and he potentially could be pressured to stay another year. At UK, not only would he not be tripled teamed night in and night out, but he would also be blending in with other 5-6 future NBA prospects with bright futures of their own to share the spotlight with, and where he could further showcase his skills. Look at Anthony Davis, he was (and is) an incredible talent, but there was also attention being given to Jones, Teague, MKG etc. And speaking of MKG, coming into college he didn't particularly like the spotlight as well, but the staff and university went out of their way to make him more comfortable because of his speech impediment, but all that did was prepare him for the next level. The same staff will have no problem doing that for Wiggins. I could go on about why he should wear blue and white for his one year in college, but I won't. He very well could go to FSU, but I truly believe he would be doing himself no favors by going there. And another thought, if it was SO important for him to go to FSU, why wasn't there much of a fuss over his brother Nick Wiggins attending there? From what I understand his brother isn't great, but he is good and can ball. Just my two cents anyway.
This post was edited by Tlawson2589 14 months ago
@22wiggins Don't believe everything you hear, don't believe everything you read!!
Kyle will be here 4 years and will be a folk hero on senior night.
I dont have a great opinion of Thamels work and wont comment on this one. I have learned recently its better to just wait and see what happens when it comes to recruiting. Young men their age can base their decisions on many things and I havent been that age for many decades so I wont attempt to put myself in his shoes and guess what he will do.
This post was edited by sleepydog 14 months ago
This! Also, I refuse to give that TURD Thamel any hits so I won't be reading it...but thanks for sharing Chris!
Nole fan here
It's not everyday or any day for that matter we get a prospect of his caliber so obviously he is a huge deal in Tallahassee. There aren't many recruits in any sport where ever their name is mentioned everybody knows who you are talking about and that is the case with Wiggins. General thought in Tallahassee from several of our good hoops insiders say he lands in Tallahassee for obvious reasons. There is no way he stays more than 1 year anywhere he goes! I think it is huge having his best friend here in XRM
Appreciate you stopping by bbnole33. Thanks for posting.
I'm sure FSU feels good about their chances and they should. It's one of only two schools that Wiggins is considering, his parents went there, etc. I get all that.
But I've never felt like the fact that XRM is there is a big deal. Doesn't hurt FSU. But doesn't help all that much IMO. With all due respect to XRM, who is a great kid, this recruitment is a lot bigger than him.
Kyle will stay all four years and get his degree. He knows that the NBA is nice but he also knows he's not guaranteed to last. Needs to have a backup plan IMO.
By the way, I for one take Wiggins scoring 57 points last night as a sign he didn't much appreciate Thamel's article
I saw that haha. I though, Chris, was even more impressed by the fact that he scored those 57 points on 86% shooting from the field.
Yep. 24 of 28 shooting and 13 rebounds.
Seriously? I haven't seen that kind of number in a while.
BTW for a guy that people talk about coasting a lot sure has a lot of 30 point games. LOL
I guess what impressed me the most about him scoring 57 points was that his teammates pulled together to help him get those pts and send a unified message to Thamel that if you rag on one of us you have to deal with all of us. That is so opposite of how Shabazz acted in his game when his teammate Drew hit the winning shot at the buzzer.
Very true. I guess it goes to show how much his teammates mean to him and vice versa. I do believe that he's not as selfish as some people try to make him out to be. He really doesn't give me that vibe like Shabazz always did, which is why it never broke my heart from day 1 when he chose UCLA.
I dont think that Wiggins is selfish at all but just a quiet kid that loves to play ball. He has a lot on his plate right now and will for some time to come. I dont know too many people who would like to be asked 200-300 times per day where are you going to school and having tons of requests for autographs and/or a photo. Not being able to just go out and play ball w/o being hounded by everyone about everything. It would really get to me very fast. I would have commited real early so that part of the whole thing would be over and the # of questions would slow up. I bet when he makes up his mind and announces he will feel like an elephant has been lifted off his shoulders, but unfortunately it will then start all over only about the time between college and the NBA.
He will be considered to be the go to guy at FSU and with him they are still the 4th or 5 th best team in the ACC next year. Come to UK and just play ball with other kids who knows what he's going through and share the load instead of carrying it all and being on the best team in the country and favorite to win it all and be the number one pick. No brainier if his dad can see what's best for son and not FSU.
Absolutely. Hopefully once his parents see the campus and and see what UK can offer him, they will both understand that at the end of the day this choice is nothing more than a business decision, and him coming to UK being surrounded by other future NBA players is a no brainer
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