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Andrew Wiggins Could Help Make It Three In a Row for the Bluegrass State

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For all the talk of “next year,” and by all accounts it’s fair to have some, you can only expect that the eyes of college basketball will be on Kentucky.  And by that I mean all of it, and not just Lexington.  If there’s one good thing to take away from last night, apart from those new Old Spice commercials, it’s that the University of Kentucky has a chance next year to continue a state-based domination of NCAA basketball.  You don’t like the result, and that’s cool because yeah it sucks, but at least it’ll make sure that everybody’s watching the Bluegrass.  Also, expect lower-arena tickets to the Louisville game to sell in the trillions of dollars.

But with so much potential for domination next year, the only thing that could ensure even more that the Wildcats keep the trophy on I-64 is a guy named Andrew Wiggins.  With six All-Americans currently coming in to bolster Wiltjer, WCS, and Poythress, there’s yet room for a guy with as much talent as Wiggins has.  Should he come to UK, he can expect to get maybe only 30 minutes a game, compared to the 35 he’d get elsewhere; but the competition in practice, and even better, the odds of getting to a national title game, don’t get better than at Kentucky.

Fellow Canadian, former Syracuse forward, and current Brooklyn Nets player Kris Joseph seems to have the right idea, according to SNY.tv:

You know what? Any school that he goes to, they’re gonna make that program revolve around him, you know what I mean?  My thing is, any school you go to, you want to leave some type of a legacy. You don’t want to go somewhere, even if it’s just for one year, where you don’t have a chance of making the tournament. It’s hard to do that with one player. You want to go to a school where you have some guys you could surround yourself with to make a great run and play great basketball.

Kris Joseph, I don’t know you, but I love you.  Because you’re talking some sense right now.  And if Wiggins wants to have a solid group of talent around him, there is really only one obvious choice.

So in the midst of what could become a historic pattern in college basketball, and for the commonwealth of Kentucky, let’s not overlook how important Wiggins would be to this trend of Bluegrass domination.  His AAU teammate Tyler Ennis said it best (or at least said it): “He’s the best player in the world so I don’t know how far he can bring them.  But having the best player in the world is not going to hurt anybody.”

No, Tyler, it’s not going to hurt anybody at all.

Side Note: I incorrectly credited a UK Rugby photo over the weekend. H/t to Dave Redden Photography for that.

Article written by Corey Nichols

65 Comments for Andrew Wiggins Could Help Make It Three In a Row for the Bluegrass State



  1. dumb post
    9:07 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    What?



  2. Bob
    9:09 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    “Andrew Wiggins Could Help Make It Three In a Row for the Bluegrass State”

    You don’t say! What insight! What analysis! What a bold proclamation!



  3. me
    9:10 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Please let Wiggins come to UK, and announce soon – like today!



  4. Sports guy
    9:11 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Just like Julius Randall said: “If you want to win an NIT Championship, UK is the place to be.” Hopefully Calipari can recruit enough one-and-done guys to get past the first round of the NIT next year. Robert Morris were coming after you!



  5. KSR1080Fan
    9:12 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Will Matt discuss the escort that exposed Peyton Siva last night?



  6. Smiley Pete
    9:14 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    @2, I’m not a huge fan of these articles but that’s just his title to the article, it’s not that bad.



  7. Sammydog
    9:18 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    There will be several strong teams next year to compete with the Cats. Don’t count out the Cards as much of their team will return. If UK develops as predicted it could be Cats vs Cards again.



  8. niaps
    9:18 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    # 4 are u really Mike the moron or just another troll who has nothing intelligent to say?



  9. j
    9:26 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    In the end wiggins will end up at kentucky, not just saying that because im a kentucky fan even if i wasn’t i still think he winds up there just my gut feeling..



  10. Topical Pseudonym
    9:27 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    here’s the thing: IF Wiggins wants to sacrifice to be a part of something special – He’ll come to Kentucky. IF he just wants to make a name for himself, he’ll go somewhere else and we wouldn’t want him anyway.



  11. ajh
    9:27 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Heard on the radio this morning that Russ Smith’s Dad said that he will be entering the draft.



  12. Big Blue B-Rad
    9:30 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    4) And i suppose you had forgotten the Elite 8, Final 4, and oh yeah the National Championship that Calipari has won with those one-and-done players. Get a life buddy.



  13. Bob
    9:31 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #6, of course it’s that bad. Wiggins “could” help blah blah blah. Well of course he “could.” This is just how KSR writes nowadays. They say nothing and have no desire to be even remotely substantial. Let’s look at the rest:

    “For all the talk of “next year,” and by all accounts it’s fair to have some”

    Have some talk? Huh?

    “you can only expect that the eyes of college basketball will be on Kentucky”

    Only?

    “And by that I mean all of it, and not just Lexington.”

    All of it (the state of Kentucky) would seem to imply not just Lexington. But I appreciate we’re making it extra clear.

    “If there’s one good thing to take away from last night, apart from those new Old Spice commercials, it’s that the University of Kentucky has a chance next year to continue a state-based domination of NCAA basketball.”

    How does one take that away from last night?

    “But with so much potential for domination next year, the only thing that could ensure even more that the Wildcats keep the trophy on I-64 is a guy named Andrew Wiggins.”

    Who is this Andrew Wiggins guy?

    “there’s yet room for a guy with as much talent as Wiggins has”

    What does the “room” have to do with Wiggins’ talent? We have “room” for Hawkins, too.

    “So in the midst of what could become a historic pattern in college basketball”

    Historic how?



  14. John Ellis
    9:31 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Just to keep it balanced, Kansas has some talent too and Wiggins could do the same there. Not as likely as UK, but.
    Russ is going pro – but Pitino said HIS players play for Louisville (by which he meant himself). How could they leave just for money? Russ got exposed in the Final Four and he better cut and run while he can.



  15. well
    9:32 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    MY MIND IS BLOWN. THIS ARTICLE IS SIMPLY THE PROOF THAT A REGULAR 9 O’CLOCK POST (ESPECIALLY) BY COREY “LOLZ, STAHP, WUT, REDDIT” NICHOLS IS A COMPLETE WASTE OF SPACE.

    YOU LITERALLY JUST SPENT 4,5 PARAGRAPHS TELLING ME THAT WIGGINS WOULD MAKE US BETTER.

    WUT?!? LOLZ. ALSO, CATS.



  16. BBN
    9:33 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky cannot win the national championship next season without Wiggins. We need him as much as he needs us. Even with Wiggins it will not be a certainty to win. UL, Michigan, Indiana, Arizona will all be very good if certain players on their rosters return.



  17. Urincatland
    9:33 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    I get so sick of hearing that Calipari recruits the one and dones. The fact of the matter is, if all these other coaches could get them to come to their schools I can assure you they would recruit them too. Cal’s just above and beyond everyone else when it comes to recruiting and it burns all the haters asses because they know UK and Cal is a lethal combination.



  18. lonnieb
    9:35 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    @14

    Kansas entire starting 5 is leaving….not sure who else they have coming but it wont be like at UK……Wiggins choosing UNC is the only other school on his list that he maybe could make a title contender. No way it happens at kansas or FSU



  19. lonnieb
    9:36 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    @17
    I agree………….all the louisville fans talk trash about…..Pitino offered 12 of the top 50 players last year. He just didnt get em



  20. fat jesus
    9:37 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Corey Nichols= Chris Chase



  21. Interns-R-Us
    9:40 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    so Siva won and lost last night:
    http://bossip.com/755683/athletes-hoes-super-slore-jenna-shea-puts-swirly-ncaa-champion-peyton-siva-on-blast-for-trying-to-chop-her-down-while-he-has-a-girlfriend-43081/

    Athletes & Hoes: Super Slore Jenna Shea Puts Swirly NCAA Champion Peyton Siva On Blast For Trying To Chop Her Down While He Has A Girlfriend!



  22. Mike
    9:40 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Is that a picture of Wiggins getting a UK shaved into his hair?!?!



  23. Catsfan1965
    9:40 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    UL is going to lose Siva and they only have a 4-star JUCO transfer and a redshirt low 4-star freshman to replace him, unless Russdiculous is going to run the team. That alone is going to hurt, but I would think there is a good chance that Dieng goes pro. He has a title and he will be a first round pick. Next year’s draft will be stacked and Dieng’s stock probably won’t improve much next year from what it is now. You never know what will happen, but color me sceptical that Dieng returns. If the Cards lose Dieng and Siva, they don’t have a prayer of getting to the Final next year.



  24. ESPN
    9:40 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Early preseason ranking:
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    #1 Kentucky
    #2 Louisville

    It’s on!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++



  25. Full Beard
    9:42 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    I couldn’t sleep at all last. I kept having a nightmare that Louisville won the national championship in men’s basketball.



  26. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:42 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    20- It’s a shame that a lot of people won’t understand the hilarity/truth of that statement. Good form!



  27. btowncatfan
    9:42 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    To all the trolls out there, you realize every time you visit the site Matt makes money. He loves you guys.



  28. ESPN
    9:43 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #23 Terry Rozier is a 5 star PG and Chris Jones in the top Juco recruit to back him up. Pitino has already proven he can win with walk-ons. We will be back to the final four.



  29. Catlogic15
    9:44 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Tired of UL fans saying they did it “the right way” with four year players.

    Would they have preferred Davis, MKG, et al returned to Lexington this year? Their “right way” Cards would have been sent packing the moment they bumped into the Cats in the tourney.



  30. Lcat
    9:44 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    AW will be a Tar Heel. He is perfect for Roy’s system where the wing players are so important to scoring. He is a perfect match. When you receive personal calls from the KING(MJ)YOU DO WHAT ROYALTY ASKS OF YOU. He will have a good cast to surround him, but he will definitely be the star.Why go to UK and be a spare part when you can attend UNC and be the new KING!



  31. Cauts
    9:45 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    16… Yea there’s no way we have a chance at winning it with 8 McDonald’s AAs and a 7 footer… No chance. Oh, and you’re an idiot



  32. Cauts
    9:46 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    30… Yea just like Harrison Barnes



  33. BA
    9:47 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    16 – I don’t agree with that at all. I think Wiggins needs UK more than UK needs Wiggins. Our team as we know it right now…without Wiggins…is historical and fully capable of getting to the Nation Title game on their own. If Wiggins want to prepare himself for the NBA in the best way possible…then he needs our practices and players around him.

    We (UK) will be fine either way.



  34. Sammydog
    9:47 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Kevin Ware should be recovered and they have Harrell, Behannon, Blackshear. They should be beasts next year. Russ seems terribly small to play in the NBA.



  35. j
    9:47 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    @ 16- i;m sorry but your wrong.



  36. Catsfan1965
    9:53 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #28 – Terry Rozier was ranked #74 by ESPN and #80 by Rivals. Not only is he not a 5-star recruit, he isn’t even close. And being the top-JUCO recruit is not exactly a ringing endorsement of a player at an elite program. Get your facts straight before you start bleating ignorance.



  37. barn
    9:54 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    has wiggins set a date to announce his choice?



  38. Siva's Number
    9:54 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    21- one of those pics she posted showed Siva’s number: 502-931-7623…



  39. kentuckyjoe
    9:55 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    The next few weeks will be interesting as we learn more about who’s leaving and who’s staying; not at UK as we already know, but the other schools. Well, we don’t know about Nerlens and his return would be even bigger than anything Andrew Wiggins would decide. So, until he announces otherwise we can dream.



  40. BobKYCats
    9:55 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA may just as well have thrown the trophy in the dumpster; the trash it’d be surrounded by in there bears no difference to the trash that’ll surround it in Louisville.



  41. artie
    9:56 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    34***you’re dreaming if you think kevin ware will play significant minutes next year–if he plays at all.



  42. Rand Paul's Head Squirrel
    9:56 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    So instead of going to Disney after Cards win the NC. Ricky three stacks decides to get a tramp stamp. I guess you have to appeal to your base.
    http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/09/rick-pitinos-reward-for-winning-the-national-title-a-tattoo/related/



  43. EKY Hillbilly
    9:57 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Who won the National Championship last night? I was too busy boinking my sister and making meth to watch?



  44. Catsfan1965
    9:58 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #34 – All the players you named are 6’8″ or smaller. If Dieng goes pro, the Cards are going to have inexperienced, non-elite PGs and no size at all. Sounds like you have a strange definition of “beast”. Bottom line is that if Dieng leaves, UL is out of the title picture.



  45. Mattt Jones
    9:58 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville > UK.
    All day, everyday!



  46. ajh
    9:58 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    14 I agree. Even tho he was exposed in the final four, this is as high as Russ Smith’s stock will get. He cant play the point in the nba.



  47. Blue Hair
    9:59 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #30 If Jordan is talking to Wiggins, would that be some kind of NCAA violation?



  48. Jeff Garlin
    9:59 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #28. I guess Terry Roziers invitation to the McDonalds and Jordan games must’ve been last in the mail? Rozier is garbage..



  49. Dieng returns?
    10:04 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    23. Dieng participated in Senior night festivities. I’m pretty sure he isn’t returning. I agree with his draft stock not benifitting from another year at U of L. 2014 draft will be loaded. His best bet is to go this year where he’s almost guaranteed to go in the first round. Wiggins, come be part of something historic man!!! GO CATS! And as much as it makes me throw up in my mouth, Congrats Cards!!!



  50. Catsfan1965
    10:09 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve heard a lot of people imply or say that their are going to be more stronger teams next year. I disagree. If you look at the top 15 schools according to Pomeroy, Indiana, Kansas, Miami, Georgetown, and Pitt will take a huge step back in quality. Florida, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Arizona and Duke will lose key components of last years teams and will likely take a significant step back in quality, but they all have significant talent returning/arriving. Michigan State will only lose Derrick Nix and will likely be in the picture, but with no studs coming in they won’t be quite as good. Louisville and Michigan could be close to how good they were last year, but both are probably going to be decimated by early NBA draft entrants. Ohio State will be the one program at the top that will definitely and significantly improve next year. Plus, I think UNC will get much better and could be in the title discussion of McAdoo stays and Wiggins chooses them. I think Kansas has no shot with Wiggins and it comes down to whether UNC can sell Wiggins on the fact that they can win it all there with him.



  51. UKBlue1!
    10:44 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    We don’t need Wiggins. If he wants to play @ UK great. Other teams ala Mich, IU and UL will lose players to the draft, it is weak. UK will have experience coming back WCS, Poythress, Wiltjer and Polson will bring valuable minutes with 6 Big Mac’s coming. Those who dont want to be here are gone. UK will be very good next year. People need to tapper expectations. I think we will be a NCAA tourney team next year and should have enough talent to get to the round of 16 teams. It will take development and good matchups to win it all.



  52. Catsfan1965
    10:45 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    BTW, here is UL’s likely roster next year. Doesn’t look all that imposing to me:

    Terry Rozier 6-0 165 FR
    Russ Smith 6-0 165 G SR
    Wayne Blackshear 6-5 230 G/F JR
    Chane Behanan 6-6 250 F JR
    Luke Hancock 6-6 200 F SR
    Kevin Ware 6-2 175 G JR
    Montrezl Harrell 6-8 235 F SO
    Chris Jones JUCO tranfer
    Mangok Mathiang 6-10 200 C SO
    Zach Price 6-10 250 C JR
    Logan Baumann 6-0 165 G SO
    Tim Henderson 6-2 195 G SR
    Jordan Bond 6-0 165 G SO
    Michael Baffour 6-2 170 G SR
    Anton Gill 6-2 165 G FR (#48 Rivals)
    Akoy Agau 6-9 230 F FR (#80 Rivals)



  53. Notown Ranger
    10:55 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’d bet my house that Pitino has already called Wiggins, twice, since last nite.



  54. Lcat
    10:59 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #47-of course its a violation, but that would not stop Roy. If its UNC basketball, the NCAA looks the other way.Jordan routinely talks with the best recruits UNC brings in.He has a home in Chapel Hill and he invites the recruits over for”slumber” parties with the hottest co-eds on campus.



  55. Mack
    11:00 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    wow.



  56. ajh
    11:14 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    52 – Russ Smith is gone. It’s already floating around.



  57. Catsfan1965
    11:23 am April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #56 I saw that Mike Rosenberg of SI tweeted that Russ Smith’s father says he is gone (http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22032521/after-winning-title-louisville-raises-bar-in-the-bluegrass-state). I don’t even see Smith on the mock draft lists. I can’t believe he will go earlier than late 2nd round. Maybe he wants to spend some time in Greece.



  58. ajh
    12:02 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    57 i understand your point, but his stock will not get any higher than right now if he stays another year at UL



  59. Hellur
    1:12 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #52 Look, we were the number one overall team this year, and we won. Even if we lose 3 players, we will return 5 of the top 8 from this year AND we have a top 10 recruiting class. Pitino has proven that he can get to the Final Four with just WALK-ONS, he will have more than enough next year to repeat. It is really really simple to understand.

    Now, are we going to be better than UK? Maybe not, but you don’t know what any of those freshmen will do until they play their first real COLLEGE game and Calipari needs about 5 lottery picks in order to win it.



  60. Realist
    1:50 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    59, KY had walk-ons for the last four years. BFD. It took Pitino 12 years to win a title at UL and now he’s all of a sudden the best coach ever? Your done with titles for a long time. Give it a rest.



  61. Catsfan1965
    1:53 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #58 – I agree with you. He may not stay for very long, but if he can get one payday out of this year then that is the correct move for him.

    #59 – I think it’s funny that we don’t know what the #2, #4, #5, #10, #12, and #18 ranked 2013 HS recruits “will do until they play their first real COLLEGE game”, but you seem very sure that a JUCO player, #80 2012 player and the #48 and #86 2013 recruits are going to be more than enough to replace Siva, Dieng, and Smith before they play their first real COLLEGE games.



  62. Hellur
    2:18 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #61 Pitino wins with walk-ons > Calipari needing 5 Lotto picks to win.



  63. 2Blue4u
    4:35 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    BBN get real. One player will not make the difference. Team playing for each other will. FGCU remind you of anything? Wiggins move on..we don’t need theater.



  64. Catsfan1965
    5:10 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #62 – You make me wish the comment thread had minimum age/IQ requirements. But for grins, let’s accept your stupid premise. UofL had, if my info is correct, four walkons on the 2012-13 roster: Henderson, Bond, Baffour and Baumann. UK had only one walkon this year, Tod Lanter, because Calipari generously awarded scholarships to Jarrod Polson, Brian Long, Sam Malone, and Twanny Beckham. But let’s compare the minutes played at UK by players who walked on at UK vs minutes played by players who walked on for Pitino:

    UL
    Henderson 101
    Bond 17
    Baffeur 12
    Baumann 11
    Total 141

    UK
    Polson 457
    Beckham 17
    Malone 9
    Long 6
    Lanter 6
    Total 485

    So, Calipari played Walk-on players 485 minutes this season compared to 141 minutes that Pitino played walkons. So shut the f*** up already.



  65. Bleed blue
    1:52 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    What’s sad is we have 8 national titles and UL has how many 3 ok where in the world is there any debate on who is the power house of college basketball. Wiggins yes would be a great addition would love to see him in big blue but the fact is he can join us or we can beat the ol ass off of him next year.