One of the main arguments Calipari’s detractors cling to is his alleged partnership with William Wesley, otherwise known as “World Wide Wes.” The common thought in these circles is that Wesley forms friendships with talented high school prospects, encourages them to commit to Calipari’s teams, and then reaps the benefits when those players sign with the Creative Arts Agency, for whom he works.
The fly in the ointment as of late? Only two of Cal’s Kentucky players to sign with agents have chosen CAA and their main guy, Leon Rose. Rose, who is close friends with Wesley, signed Eric Bledsoe back in 2010 and recently added Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to his portfolio, which includes LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. The most notable player not to sign with CAA has to be Anthony Davis, who signed with Wasserman Media Group’s Arn Tellem and Thad Foucher on Friday.
The Dagger’s Jeff Eisenberg noted the trend, which he thinks disspels the theory that Cal and Wesley have an unethical relationship. In a 2011 Sports Illustrated interview, Wesley said that the only way he “influences” players to attend Kentucky is by telling the truth: he trusts Cal and considers him one of the most loyal coaches in the game, and if they’re going to ask for his opinion, he’s going to give it.
“Love is an action,” Wesley says. “You’ve got to show it. That’s what Cal’s done for his players, his coaches, and he continues to do it. If you call me and you have a son and you say, ‘Who would you recommend?’ I’m going to say there’s one coach I trust impeccably.”
Looks like the haters are going to have to come up with a new argument against Cal, because this myth has been debunked.
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