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CBSSports.com on Worldwide Wes

CBSSports.com’s piece on Worldwide Wes is out and it’s pretty underwhelming, outside of a handful of quotes from anonymous coaches. The article doesn’t bring anything new to the light; it only reiterates what we already know: No one knows much. Uncle Wes is just a mysterious man with strong relationships and connections in the world of basketball.

It’s pretty obvious to anyone who knows even a little bit about Wes’ story that he has a pretty big influence on where certain players, although not many, go to school. But of the hundred coaches CBS polled during July, only 63-percent believe Wes is a factor in recruiting. The other 37-percent say his presence is overblown.

One coach said, “He’s an agent who cheats. He’s a bag man.”

Another said the opposite, “Wes’ presence is drastically overblown. His power is only perceived at best, and only because naïve/desperate coaches empower him. If he had any power, he would certainly be using it to the benefit of John Calipari and Kenny Payne, who he has known for 25 years. The fact that coaches are hiring him as an agent is laughable, and the fact that the NCAA does not treat him as an agent due to his close affiliation with Leon Rose is an absolute injustice!”

Uncle Wes is just Uncle Wes and we may never know what that actually means.

[Critical Coaches: How much of a factor is World Wide Wes in recruiting?]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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22 Comments for CBSSports.com on Worldwide Wes



  1. Havoc money
    11:21 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    One coach said its an injustice that he’s not considered an agent, the other coach said he’s not only an agent, he’s a cheatIng agent with bags of money.

    Interesting. None of these coaches know anything except the wish they had wish bringing in recruits for them; jealous if not



  2. snoopaloop
    11:21 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    It would be interested to actually see which coaches were asked. My interpretation of the two quotes above: I would be willing to bet that the coach calling him a cheater probably isn’t a big time coach from a big time program whereas the coach saying his presence is overblown is more prominent in basketball.



  3. Bob Sugar
    11:25 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    We know exactly what it means. As long as the NCAA hasn’t done anything to bar his activity or classify him as an illicit agent, then his affiliation with certain coaches or teams is proper. The perceived advantage he gives to certain coaches is an excuse popagated by other coaches and agencies who feel they’ve been bested by another’s greatness and not their own inadequacies.



  4. Smoke theres fire
    11:31 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Why even have this guy around the program.



  5. chad
    11:32 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Friday’s article looks to be just as interesting as today? Calipari or S Drew will be #1, and it won’t be pretty!



  6. chooga
    11:35 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    3. sweet Bob, give it a rest man. it’s gett’n old.



  7. CATS
    11:36 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, FREAK that Guy. All they have done is talk about Cal all week. Honestly if Kentucky just fell of the face of the Earth, these asswipes wouldn’t be w wihtout a job.



  8. CATS
    11:38 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    #7.) wait weird double negative, they would be unemployed



  9. Drew Franklin
    11:39 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    4. — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist



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  11. TheDecker
    11:51 am August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s say he his funneling kids to Kentucky. What’s the difference between WWW and the guy who runs Indiana elite funneling kids to IU?



  12. RYNO
    12:03 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    10) You’re right- My AV software blocked an intrusion from “EXPLOIT TOOLKIT” Not sure if your description of “very few” AV programs recognize it. I have Norton.



  13. Big Blue 66
    12:06 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    its gotta be the shoes……..guys this whole think is about shoe companies. I cant write a dissertation on the subject in this forum, but its the shoes.



  14. Big Blue 66
    12:06 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    oops whole thing not think



  15. sdfgdfg
    12:13 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t Wes officially an agent at this point? I mean he’s a consultant for CAA. I didn’t realize he still had so much involvement with collegiate athletics.

    Regardless, if the guy was truly advising kids in his own best interest and not in the best interest of the kids, he wouldn’t have much success for long. He’s successful because players believe they can trust his advice.



  16. Matt Jordan
    12:15 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Oh snap! Sarah Phillips strikes again!



  17. Billy
    12:17 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Wait, you’re telling me networking goes on in college basketball like it does in the real world? Like, if I know John Doe and John Does is buddies with CEO X….and CEO X hooks me up with a job because I’m buds with John? Man, the gall of WWW to have solid relationships with friends!



  18. Brandon
    12:29 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    4 — The same reason why we have LeBron, Jay-Z, and Drake around the program. Their pull in the entertainment world is an advantage we have over every other school.

    Wes isn’t a runner; he’s far too powerful to be a simple bag man. That’s a slap in the face to him. I think Wes helps steer players to Cal, but not with imaginary piles of cash and shiny cars. When a kid or parent asks him who’s going to keep care of their kid and get them in the NBA, he’s going to tell them John Calipari. That’s an advantage, but it’s not any more illegal than UNC’s relationship with Michael Jordan that no one else can boast.

    Wes is in this for power and building connections. If he was just trying to make money (something he clearly doesn’t need) off these kids, you would’ve seen a lot more players funneled to Leon Rose at CAA than just Bledsoe and MKG.



  19. Hmmm
    12:45 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    I heard 6 years ago Calapari bought 400 steel briefcases and then started withdrawing $10,000 in cash every month. I also heard World wide Wes has alot of steel breifcases.



  20. warrior
    1:01 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    Warrior sayeth” Wes even knows who helped Lee Harvey Oswald”.



  21. BigBluSoTru
    1:49 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    It doesn’t have to be direct cash to a player, William knows alot of influential persons
    you a top recruit parent needs a job only has a ged go to apply for a 60,000 a year job.
    WWW recommeds you guess what your hired. Player x is steered toward this team well he ends up somewhere else
    sometimes he loses most often he wins. Alot of these deals are made on a player being drafted at certain
    rounds signs with a certain agent whom then funnels money through other ventures who then in turn take care of Wes in the end. All it is human money laundering of young kids based on talent.



  22. UKMike
    2:03 pm August 9, 2012 Permalink

    #10 & #12 – correct. My AV detected this as well. fix it KSR.

    As for the article, its loaded with a lot of these —> ????. and pretty weak on facts. sucks to be another college BB team right now