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.