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I heard yesterday on Tom Leach's radio show (I'm pretty sure it was his) that Wiggins' host family Mom said that he will choose sometime in the next week or so. It sounded like she also said that it will be a press conference and that his birth Mom will be coming in from Canada to attend. So the next 7 days could include 2 of the biggest recruits to choose UK in both major sports in a really long time.
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Wouldn't surprise me at all to see this thing go beyond May 15. Not at all.
I don't care how long it takes as long as Kentucky comes out of his mouth or he dons a UK hat.
Posted this another thread on this news from a few days ago (and someone asked if he'd do the hat thing or whether he'd have a big presser):
I don't know that anyone has ever definitively said how Wiggins would announce. There are a lot of forces at work in his recruitment. Hats? I don't know. But I suspect you'll see some sort of press conference or ESPN recruiting deal, a la what James Young did. Could also be the family is coming to Huntington to help him pack all his belongings up from school and head back to Toronto for a bit, and will make the announcement somehow while there as show of support, or maybe not at all. It's all conjecture at this point.
Should we get a camera set up on the entrance of the Toronto airport to be on the lookout for his birth Mom arriving? That would be the signal of the beginning of the end of the Wiggins sweepstakes.
Then we could get a few thousand UK fans and the UK band at the Huntington airport to cheer her arrival.
The way I understood the report on Leach's show was that his host Mom said it would be a press conference and that his birth Mom is coming to be there with him when he makes the announcement.
She certainly could be wrong, but I would think that she would probably be in as good as a position as anyone to know what the plans are. And, if it's indeed going to happen in the next week, then they have to already be well into the planning stages.
Do keep in mind that I heard this sort of in passing on the radio while I was driving in traffic. So I could have misheard what was said, or possibly even put 2 and 2 together to come up with 5. If that is the case I apologize ahead of time.
Pretty sure Tom got it from Adam Himmelsbach's story, where the host mom indeed offered that something may come in the 'next week or so' but also said she doesn't really know what the plans are:
Thomas said she still does not know the exact date of Wiggins’ reveal, but there are signs that it could be quite soon. Wiggins told her that his mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, is planning to come to West Virginia from Canada to support his announcement. Thomas said that would be “sometime in the next week or so.”
Here's a link to a story dated today (not sure if it's repeating old info or not)
It appears to be quoting a Courier Journal story, if that's the Adam Himmelsbach story you're referring to. I don't get or read the CJ, so I don't even know if Himmelsbach works for them or not.
OK, I found the one you're talking about ......
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by jasonukfan 11 months ago
After reading all of that, it sounds like his Mom is coming to Huntington to attend the announcement with Andrew (whichever form they choose) and then to travel back to Toronto with him. I don't think they are planning to wait past May 15th. God, I hope not - LOL.
Maybe he will announce, but not sign a LOI?
This post was edited by jasonukfan 11 months ago
I don't think anyone would be surprised if he didn't announce where he was going until he walked out in a uniform for the first game...
If you haven't ever flown into Huntington International you really should. They have the best breakfast buffet you have ever eaten. Biscuits, gravy, eggs, grits, and thick cut bacon. Mmmmm Mmmmm good. Honestly, I think they hired Granny to make though biscuits. They are incredible.
Could just show up on Calipari's door step in August
With a suitcase asking if he can move in.
Or standing on a roadside holding a sign "NEED SCHOOL TO PLAY FOR"
I'd advise some patience before getting too excited over a possible trip down here by his birth mom and what it might mean. Besides what Chris and Matt here have said, I've seen some other well-connected people state that they're not even sure the trip will happen at all ... and even if it does, it may not coincide with any kind of announcement by Andrew.
I'm done with AW after May 15. I need to actually make my deadlines!
To heck with patience. Just tell us he's coming.
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His host Mom, Lesley Thomas, said, “I know for him, he’s just ready to get the decision over with.” I assume she's referring to the announcement when she uses the word "decision". Wiggins also told Thomas that his birth mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, is planning to come from Canada to West Virginia to support his announcement sometime in the next week or so. She says Wiggins also told her, “When I declare where I’m going, my mom is going to be there with me,”
I don't think Lesley Thomas is making those things up, but I do wonder when Wiggins told her those things, because she did say later in the article that she can’t remember the last time she asked (Wiggins) about the decision. Was she referring only to where he's going, or also about when he will announce it? The quote she made about his Mom coming "sometime in the next week or so" seems like the smoking gun to me. I think that is based off of something she knows to be true, and is probably planning for.
Of course there will need to be some planning for his Mom to come to town. Plane tickets need to be purchased, rides from the airport arranged, and I'm sure his Mom would want to visit the Thomas family that he's been living with. Such a visit will be a pretty big deal for the Thomas family, and pretty much all women are similar when it comes to hosting guests. The house has to be cleaned, meals have to be planned for, and possibly sleeping arrangements if his Mom is going to stay at their house while she's in town. All of those things require at least some amount of preparation, and I think she said "a week or so" based off of what she's planning for.
Based on the Sherlock Holmes method of deductive reasoning .........
I suggest : It's Mr. Wiggins in the Library with a Microphone ....... on Wednesday (May 15th) wearing a UK hat.
This post was edited by bluedynasty 11 months ago
On another site it was said that the real mother was coming to help him pack up to go back to Canada. Now the rest that you are hearing might be true but him going home is a true statement for sure.
Let me first say that I'm not hearing anything. I was basing my comments on what was written in the Courier Journal article.
That said, I'm sure he's going back to Canada for the summer. There's no sense in him living with the host family if he's not in school. So I think the plan is for his Mom to come help him pack and travel back home with him, but before they leave he will make his announcement. I won't be totally shocked if nothing happens though.
This has been the oddest recruiting story I've ever seen. He's one of the highest rated recruits of all-time, but there has been absolutely zero information to report. Most guys in his shoes would have a team of people publicizing him to the media, and would be tweeting this or that. But, with Wiggins there's just nothing, and I don't think that any of the team's coaches have any clue of what he's planning to do. It's just very strange to be taking place in these days of multimedia overexposure.
I'm going to guess Monday or Tuesday and it will be UK.
Jasonuk how u get all those characters transferred in u post! Lol..Interested??
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