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This post is created to highlight the reasons why I believe Andrew Wiggins will pick a certain school. Basically, If he picks either Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, or Florida State, then these are the reasons why:
I believe the reason he picks Kentucky starts and finishes with Coach Cal. Andrew Wiggins is a once in 10 yrs type of player like Anthony Davis was. Realizing that he needs a coach who can handle the hype and the pressures of winning with him, Cal is the perfect coach. It doesn't hurt that Cal has had amazing success at accelerating the process to becoming NBA ready (Not that Andrew wasn't already). He also picks Kentucky because of the cast surrounding him. Not only will be instantly make Kentucky better next season, but his potential teammates make this team the greatest recruiting class ever on paper since the Famous Fab Five of Michigan. He will not have to worry about double or triple team defenses being created for him. This team can hide any drawback (is there is such a thing with Wiggins) he may have. Last but not least, BRANDING! He signs with Kentucky because he knows that there is no other Nike school that can build a brand like Kentucky. From the moment he announces his pledge to play for Cats, his brands take a whole new level of branding.
Wiggins picks Kansas because he feels like he can be the STAR and not have to share the spotlight with 7 other highly touted McDonalds All Americans. The only really true Star signed by Kansas this recruiting class is Wayne Seldom. Wiggins understands that Kansas is losing almost 80% of their scoring from last season and will rely fully on him and this incoming recruiting class and a couple of players left over from last year's team. He may be concerned with winning alot of games at Kansas, but Bill Self assures him that even when it looks like it will be a down year, Bill Self has the coaching ablilty to drive the best out of his teams. Ala: 9 straight Big12 Championship and long runs in the NCAAs.
Wiggins picks UNC because he wants to play again at a place where He is the main STAR. UNC is projected to lose James Michael and I think one more. Wiggins could come in and be the star right now. UNC plays Duke twice a season which would set up the epic showdown against Jabari Parker whom the media has deemed to be Wiggins arch rival. While he has concerns about winning alot, Roy Williams assures him that UNC will be better position to compete for a title (ACC & NCAA) will him on board. Roy also promises to design plays so that if opposing coach want to double and triple team him, the offense will make them pay.
Now I am from Florida. Was born and raised in Naples, FL. I am a die-heart Seminoles Football fan. However, when I moved to Kentucky, I knew in my heart there was never ever be a team like the Wildcats. With that said, I will say that if Wiggins chooses FSU, it will because his parents were able to influence him to build his own path at school that is up and coming. FSU is coming off an up and down last two seasons. Winning the ACC Tournment title and advancing to the sweet 16 two seasons ago and falling flat this season. If Wiggins goes to FSU and wins big, he will be credited with the birth of a new powerhouse just as we credit Jamaal Mashburn with the rebirth of Kentucky Basketball after the probation and John Calipari with making us the Gold Standard of College basketball again. Of course Wiggins is worried about winning game and getting doubled and tripled team, But Leonard Hamilton assures Wiggins that he will be apart of something special.
Does anyone know what brand his AAU team was sponsored by?
At this point I want him to go anywhere but Kansas. They have a bunch of classless fans who bash UK constantly. Over on the rivals board that Eric Bossi let's every other fanbase bash UK to death and when I would bash back that tool tried to act like I was doing something wrong or looking for a fight lol. No I just get tired of people being allowed to bash UK and then UK fans aren't suppost to defend our great program.
Back to Wiggins until he picks another program I feel really confident he will be a cat. And those other fans better pray Wiggins goes elsewhere because if not they will never hear the end of it lol.
If its also about marketing and sponsorship then Kansas is out. Narrows it down to Unc Fsu and UK. North Carolina- going off Harrison Barnes who was a top guy playing the 3 spot would, I would say not an easy sell for Roy.
Like other places saying UK and Fsu battle the top two points would say the same. It comes down to family wishes and being a big fish in a small pond or playing at UK making money for Nike now so they pay you heavy later and having a real shot at a NC. Also with UK your flaws are hidden and your draft stock would never be a worry. Maybe he should just talk to Bazz about it lol.
Pretty darn good analysis on why he would choose UK.
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Just a couple quick notes that I hope comes out in reasonable discussions inside the Wiggins camp along the lines of this thread.(reasons)
1. Michael Jordan played with James worthy and Sam Perkins in college. Didn't hurt his legacy.
2. Lebron wanted to play with Wade and Bosh. Hasn't hurt his legacy.
3. Ultimately, these players will be remembered nationally more for what they do in the NBA than 1 season in college.
4. If your the best on a team, even a great team, then the legacy stuff takes care of itself.
5. Titles are a part of legacy.
6. If he came to UK, then he would have a chance to be a part of something that would ultimately do more for his legacy than anything at one of the other schools because they would be a big favorite for the title and a shot at being considered an all time historic team. That's the most he could hope for as far as legacy is concerned for his one and only year of college. The rest of the story will be written out in many years of NBA.
So even the legacy stuff like his brother mentioned doesn't hold water to me.
There are other reasons he may not want to go to UK but legacy isn't a good argument at all really. Just my 2 cents. Sorry to write so much about legacy.
Nice post. Completely agree.
Great posts and agree and could not really add anything more. A little different spin for me though.
Reasons why I want Kentucky to get Andrew Wiggins.
1. I dont want any of those other teams to have him
I dont't think this team NEEDS Andrew, but like the song ...it would sure be cool if he did.
I cant stand the thought of Kansas or UNC having him.
You say we have the greatest recruiting class since the famous fab five....the fab five couldn't hold this class's jock....sorry had to correct that minor mistake ya made.
This class is already THE greatest on paper. With Wiggins it simply removes all doubt, but the vast majority of people that follow recruiting already label it as the best--ever.
Coach Hamilton has had F$U as an 'up and coming' program since he took over in 2003. It's been 10 years now and it's still a work in progress and chances are that they will never truly get over that hump. His parents may want him to be THE man at F$U but that could expose any weaknesses he has cause he wouldn't have enough of a supporting cast around him.
I don't believe that either UNC nor Kansas are a truly viable option as it's down to UK and F$U
The Fab 5 couldn't even hold the jocks of the 2011 class, much less this year. I'd take Davis, MKG, Teague, and Wiltjer any day over those bubble-headed underachievers from Michigan. The Fab 5 are the most over hyped overrated chokers of all-time. I take that back, They're probably not as bad as Tony Romo, but they're really close.
“People who live in the past are afraid to compete in the present. There's no future in it.” -- Sparky Anderson
Look, Lets just be real here for a second. I loved the 2011 edition of the Wildcats! AD, MKG, Teague, Wiltjer, Miller, Lamb, TJ, etc. However, the Fab Five played in a different era of basketball. It was alot more rough play during that era and im not sure if you took the 2011 team and the Fab five and have them play who would win. Nor would we win easily.
Its the same arguement that people have over Michael Jordan in his prime and Lebron James now...Different era of basketball. The game was ref differently...
Oh crap, if you're throwing in Miller, Lamb, TJ, and the rest of the 2012 Wildcats team, then I don't have any doubt who would win that game. I was referring to just the 4 freshmen class of Davis, MKG, Teague and Wiltjer being better than the Fab 5 class.
As far as it being a more rough game back in that era, I have to disagree. Games were routinely played in the high 80's and 90's back then, and I don't think it's because they played rougher - the opposite actually. There is a lot of hand checking and bumping among the guards that just wasn't a prominent part of the game back then. The banging and physical play down low is probably about the same.
My overall point was/is that I think the Fab 5 was overrated then, and I think they're even more overrated and blown out of proportion now that it's 20 years later.
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5 frosh starting together making two title games in a row. Cal hasn't even started 5 frosh at the same time. They were incredible and far ahead of their time. Overrated I think not. They were adored. A generation of kids grew up idolizing them. Rose, Webber an Howard had very good to great pro careers as well. They will never be forgotten. It's just ashame how it ended. C Webb has never really gotten over it.
That's the main part that is overrated, only 3 of them were great players, not 5.
The results speak for themselves. They were frosh and they started on a national title contending team with all other frosh. Not to mention they were burger boys. Lots of really good players did nothing in the pros. So what?
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