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Andrew Wiggins and Jerry Tipton: Match Made in Heaven?

There was a lot of Wiggins news yesterday, first with the Thamel article coming out saying he’d prefer a “low key” college experience, then his monster 57 point game on 86% shooting.  The best part about those two separate pieces of information, though, is that they’re not really separate at all.  According to his Coach, Wiggins has a mean streak and set about last night’s demolition intentionally, and methodically.  Rob Fulford told

He was 100 percent pissed at the SI article degrading former players from Canada, his family and him personally.  I told him earlier today that people would want to see how he responded to his first taste of negative reporting. I challenged him to get 50 and told his teammates he was going for 50. He had 57 and was upset that I took him out before he got to 60. Point proven.

Friiiickin’ a.  So, not only did this kid tolerate a pretty negative article by one of the most annoying guys in the business, but he called his own monster game.  Just, you know, decided he was gonna get fifty, and then did.  If his skills weren’t enough to make you want him at UK, that killer attitude should just about do it.

And that’s no small task, considering the contents of the piece weren’t just about Andrew’s supposed college destination.  Thamel poked at his father, Mitchell Wiggins, saying he was best known “for a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine.”  Oh, and it was released at almost the exact same time as the Player of the Year nominations, which of course had Wiggins’ name on it.  Andrew spoke on the article after the game: “I just had to respond to the negative outlook that the reporter gave me.  I thought I responded well. Negative media happens to everybody. You just have to work through it and respond.”

So if Andrew is capable of responding like this every time a media member takes a veiled (or open) shot at him, then he and Jerr Bear would get along very well.  I won’t say that Jerry would purposely point out his dad’s former troubles with drugs in an article seemingly timed precisely to defame right as Player of the Year polls come out, but he might throw out some subtle jabs.  And those might be enough to make Wiggins go nuclear again and destroy whatever team is in his path.

His teammate, Moses Kingsley, summed everything up nicely on Twitter:


Article written by Corey Nichols

38 Comments for Andrew Wiggins and Jerry Tipton: Match Made in Heaven?

  1. huntin chickens
    9:04 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    looks like thameltoe is doing cals job for him. CMON WIGGINS! 40-0

  2. RaleighCat
    9:07 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s worse, Tipton or Thameltoe?

    9:07 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Thammel is a complete JOKE. I think SI should fire him, I don’t believe anything he writes.

  4. Duck Butter
    9:08 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    PLEASEEEEEEEEEE come to Kentucky. I would trade two of any of our commitments to have him

  5. Devastation INC
    9:08 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    The ultimate F-U to thamelToe would be to sign with UK. Mr. Wiggins you are in good hands at UK. We all hate thamelToe.

  6. Musehobo
    9:11 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    I’m just glad that the rest of the world gets to see what a douche Thameltoe is. That Teo thing was a highly publicized blunder on his part, as well as the Honey Badger ordeal. He is quickly earning a reputation for bad journalistic integrity.

  7. Mr Obvious
    9:21 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    What does his father’s past have to do with Andrew today? Geez, Thamel is an a**hole. I hope Boogie meets up with him again!

  8. Michael
    9:25 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Sign him up now. Kid is a boss. Give thanks for jerks like Thamel, if they inspire things like this.

  9. BCG
    9:25 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    This is not the University of Andrew Wiggins………

  10. Rae
    9:28 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Before, I only wanted him if he thought it was right, because he really did seem like a shy kid and shy doesn’t work at Kentucky (Exhibit A: Alex Poythress. He is getting better but his shyness was a major stumbling block.) Now I am in love. I want the Jodie Meeks look-a-like.

  11. Boyd Crowder
    9:28 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Interesting story but a bit of a stretch to bring Tipton into it, don’t you think?

  12. Marcus L. Owens
    9:29 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    What Wiggins did to Julius Randle this summer head to head showed what this kid is all about not to mention what he did in the Nike Hoop Summit last spring. This is kid is big time; unselfish, humble and competitive. He will be a Wildcat.

  13. Debbie Downer
    9:41 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Something bothers me about how it takes “some crappy stupid article” to fire the young man up to play hard…. 57 points? Because he was mad at something someone wrote? Reminds me of how I used to say Terrence Jones and Darius Miller needed to be slapped on the face and kicked in the groin before game time (figure of speech because they could not motivate themselves)
    You think MKG played hard because he was mad at writers?
    No, motivate yourself young man!

  14. KYBoyNAL
    9:44 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    It sounds like you guys need to start tweeting that he can’t break Jodie Meeks scoring record at UK while going 40-0 and winning a national championship.

  15. Greer
    9:49 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    I think UK has a real shot at Wiggins. If he hates the spotlight so much, why not just go ahead and commit to FSU. He’s waiting to see what Poy is going to do…

  16. Good Grief
    9:54 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    As in the case of John Wall, this is a no brainer for the kid as he will come to UK. It is not about improving draft position, it is about marketing yourself before you arrive in NBA. You do that at a National Championship contender at Kentucky, not an also ran in the ACC like Florida State.

  17. huhuhu
    9:56 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    11. Jerry pls go

  18. tom
    9:59 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    11. My thoughts eactly. Tipton is a low hanging target for these KSR wroters Easy to bash. He isn’t the cheerleader KSR guys (and ladies) are but that’s not his job.

  19. Corey Nichols
    10:09 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    13 – Difference between playing hard and playing vicious. He played hard against Julius Randle, and got the better of him. Plays hard all the time, played pissed and destroyed everybody. Difference is, he took more shots than he normally would (28), and his teammates were on notice from Coach that he was going to be a little more selfish than usual to prove a point. Good teammates understand and start throwing assists his way.

    14 – That might not be a bad idea. Reverse psychology… Might backfire though.

  20. Bubba Earl
    10:11 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    I feel sorry for anyone that read Thameltoes article on the web, I implore all, esecially the BBN, not to give this idiot attention and money to buy his “LOVER” a Valentine gift. Absolute moron!!

  21. NL
    10:15 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    He reminds me a lot of a better version of MKG…and that is absolutely scary because MKG is one of my all time favorites. What are the chances of us actually landing him though? Everyone seems to think he’s leaning in other directions

  22. Corey Nichols
    10:18 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    21 – No clue as to “percentage,” but with Cal, the chances are always good. Only one big target (Shabazz) got through in recent years. And he is like a better MKG; more complete offensively, just as nasty defensively. Only question is if he can be as good off the court. Size/athleticism almost a complete match.

  23. I Say
    10:23 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    How has a parent of one of these kids not snatched up Thamel and given him a royal ass kicking? I am honestly surprised we havent heard about a UK fan doing it.

  24. empyseats
    10:30 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Did you all see all the empty seats at the UCLA game last night! Shabazz probably had more people at his high school games……

  25. MemphisCat
    10:30 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    We need Thamel and Tipton to write articles saying that a Canadian player would not thrive under the lights at UK and then Wiggins goes to UK to prove that he can be the best player from Canada and that he can lead UK to #9.

  26. empyseats
    10:31 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    no 21 he really reminds me JODIE MEEKS…like his twin

  27. BBN
    10:36 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    We got your back Andrew!!!

  28. jmeeks23
    10:48 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    There will never be another jodie meeks at kentucky. Meeks was the only reason that team won any games. 54 at tennessee 45 at arkansas. Meeks made a living emberassing opponents on their home floor. While i admit wiggins does look a lot like jodie meeks he will not break his school record 54.

  29. Thamel stubbed his thameltoe under the mistletoe
    11:00 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Wiggins: come to UK. We’ll schedule Syracuse so you can drop 50 on Thameltoe’s alma mater.

  30. EasternKyCat
    11:26 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Thamel was to Wiggins what Gonna Fly Now was to Rocky! Thamel needs to stick to covering things he knows, like fake love stories. If Wiggins really wants to make Thamel mad, he needs to commit to UK!

  31. Winston Churchill
    11:30 am February 8, 2013 Permalink

    11- Bit of a stretch to bring Tipton into it? Don’t you remember the article Tipton wrote a few years ago about Kelena Azabuike’s dad doing prison time?

  32. BobbyBlue
    12:18 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    You’d have to be incredibly naive,to really believe Tipturd wouldn’t constantly bring up Wiggins, daddys cocaine incident !
    Maybe you’re too young to remember the constant,and unnecessary stuff Tipton wrote about Azibukes daddy….Tipturd found ways,to constantly interject that information,and keep it before the public,in unrelated articles,over and over. How about his constant reminders of the Emory package ?
    He has constantly revived that story, even though its over 20 years old..I mean the guy has a vendetta against the only reason he even has a job…He sure as heck isn’t gonna cut any slack for the #1 prep player in the US,and with the blessing of the LHL….go figure that out !!!

  33. Blueswade
    12:20 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins….haters gonna hate.
    They all hate us too…..come here and we can all be hated together.
    UK !

  34. BobbyBlue
    12:24 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    As for Thameltoe…I quit reading SI when they printed “Ky Shame” on the front cover..I wouldn’t read it if it was free,and a hack like, Thameltoe fits the rag perfectly

  35. Big Blue Swagger
    12:47 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    I bet If Wiggins played for the Cats, Tipton probably wouldn’t write anything about him. He wouldn’t want to influence Wiggins to repeat a similar performance in response to one of his own articles. God forbid a local sports columnist try to have a positive effect on the team.

  36. Maxbps8
    1:21 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    What a brilliant performance. And precisely how to throw it in a dork-w/ a pen’s face. As for anyone that says he was “selfish” (#19) for taking 28 shots…uh, dude, he hit 24 of them. That’s not selfish that’s just plain smart basketball. In fact, he was selfish in NOT shooting MORE b/c his team (ANY team) will do BETTER w/ a player like that shooting 90%+ of a team’s shots.

    On the other side of the selfish issue, WHEW did we get lucky not landing Shabazz!?!

  37. STEVE!
    1:57 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    With Tipton’s propensity to write negative or make-believe articles about UK or individual players on a weekly basis, Wiggins could get mad at least every other game. Remember hiding in the bushes to get a photo of Rondo’s car, Patterson’s make-believe truck, Wall’s high school trespassing arrest, Harrow’s voice, etc?

  38. BP in Tennessee
    2:08 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Poor Wiggins, he’s so young. An old pro would tell him to simply make up a dramatic relationship but conviniently kill off the love interest to make any further investigation unnecessary. Drum up some crocodile tears and hum the Notre Dame fight song. Interview over, cover made, hero for life. You’re welcome kid.