I hate going to the optometrist. Not just because my vision is terrible and getting worse seemingly by the week, but because every time I go, they put me in that chair, roll me up to some huge set of machinated goggles, and slide different lenses in front of my eyes and ask me to read and re-read the lowest line I can.
It’s bad enough that the lowest line I can read is “E, maybe,” but the rhetoric from these doctors is always the same: “Better 1… or 2? 2… or 3?”
The infuriating part is, I can’t really tell. I’ve been blind for so long, literally any lense looks good to me. I eventually just pick one so he’ll move on, but the reality is, either would be great. It’s just so hard to choose between two seemingly great options.
I have the same sort of problem with Andrew Wiggins’ pending decision to reclassify: Better 2013, or 2014?
The issue is not that I don’t like either option; it’s just the opposite. Both sound fantastic. While it’s tough to sit back and know you’re not going to be able to see a guy in a college uniform for two more years, you also have to consider the overall needs of the class and think about what would be best for the team. For that purpose, I ask you: which do you think would be better for UK?
Should Andrew Wiggins reclassify to 2013, he would immediately catapult into the top 3 among high school recruits. Maybe Jabari Parker or Julius Randle would top him, maybe not. It would be a discussion at least, and a lot of recruiting services would disagree slightly on exact position, but what’s clear is this: he would be at or extremely near the very top spot. And that’s easy to see just from watching him play. I haven’t been that blow away by sheer athleticism in a recruiting tape since John Wall. And with Kentucky and Florida State leading the chase, there’s a good chance Cal could land him as part of the 2013 class.
The question is, do we need him in this class? Again, let me be clear that a team can always make room for a player like Wiggins. But look at UK’s targets in the rest of this year. We already have more than we can handle; there’s not a spot for all of them should they each decide to matriculate. Between Aaron Harrison, Jabari Parker, and James Young, those 2 and 3 spots already have guys that could step up and fill them. And that’s assuming Goodwin and Poythress leave, which they might not. So, hypothetically, should Wiggins reclassify AND sign with Kentucky, he might be taking the spot of one of those guys who might or might not have wanted to be a Wildcat. Is he really THAT much better than Parker or Young?
Meanwhile, consider the impact that Wiggins can have in 2014. That class isn’t as full of wings as 2013 seems to be; at least not at the very top. ESPN has two SF’s in their 2014 top ten, and exactly zero SG’s. If you want big men or point guards, though, you can take your pick from the other eight. There’s plenty of them. So you could really say that a small forward in 2014 is worth way more than that same small forward in 2013. Not to mention he’ll have another year of development to hone his game, finish whatever growth spurt he’s on, and go to senior prom (kids still like prom, right?).
Don’t get me wrong; this is a great “problem” to have, if you can call it that. But like those annoying questions at the optometrist, I can’t convince myself that one is actually better than the other. He seems to have settled on 2014 for now, and that’s perfectly alright by me. As I mentioned, there’s a shortage of wings next year, and he’ll be a great potential Wildcat in that class. Regardless of his graduation year, though, should he sign with Kentucky, I’ll be sure to check my prescription: I don’t want to miss anything this kid does on the floor.
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