In case you missed it yesterday, Andrew Wiggins and Karl Towns are rooming together this week for the Nike Hoop Summit. Both will play for the World Team, and if Karl Towns’ Instagram feed is any indication, they’re already bonding over video games. Wiggins has been smothered, covered and capped with attention over the last six months, and during the past few weeks, UK’s six All-Americans have delivered their pitches for the number one player in the 2013 class to join them in Lexington. The Harrison Twins and Julius Randle are in Portland as well to represent Team USA, but none have the kind of access to Wiggins that Towns does.
With that in mind, here are some subtle things Towns can do to remind Wiggins how awesome it would be to be a Wildcat:
1. Casually leave UK gear all around the room
“Sorry man, let me move my UK comforter so you can sit there.”
“What, you don’t have a Wildcat beanbag in your room at home?”
“Hey Andrew, have you seen UK’s 2014 National Championship banner? It’s missing from the collection I have hanging on the wall…I figured you were the best one to ask.”
“Man, I hate laundry day. My mom got me ready though, let me know if you need to borrow a clean UK shirt. I have tons.”
2. Create a team of all former UK players on NBA 2K13
We already know Andrew and Karl like to play video games. What better way to remind Andrew of UK’s success at putting players in the pros than creating a team made entirely of former Wildcats? Better yet, make two or three. Kentucky currently has 20 players in the league, after all.
3. Compare things to how they’ll be at UK
“This ice tub sucks. I can’t wait to get to UK and use the ones at the Joe Craft Center.”
“This locker room’s nice and all, but did you see the new one at Rupp Arena?”
“Man, I’m craving a grilled cheese sandwich. I hear that chef at the Wildcat Lodge will make you one whenever you want.”
4. Play up the “La Familia” angle
Because he’s already committed to be a Cat, Towns is part of one of sports’ finest fraternities: La Familia. No only is he already connected to the Harrison Twins and Julius Randle, but he’ll have the opportunity to meet Drake, J Cole, and all the other celebrities associated with Calipari and the program. Last week after the Jordan Brand Classic, Drake hung out with the participants and took pictures with James Young, Julius Randle, and the Harrison Twins. Any high schooler would be thrilled to have those opportunities. Going to Kentucky just makes them come around more often. Who knows, maybe Wiggins is a “Cougar Town” fan? I hear TBS has marathons every now and then…
5. Oh, hey BBN
If we’ve learned anything from these all-star games, it’s that these kids are having the time of their lives. Through Twitter and Instagram, you can tell how much they’re enjoying it all, from snapping pics with Drake, to retweeting messages from fans, and reposting professional pictures of themselves. The connection between recruits and fans via social media is stronger than ever, with almost every picture posted by a future Cat showing up on this very website within minutes. The Big Blue Nation is a force, with recruits receiving hundreds of messages each day from fans. Karl probably has his Twitter feed up in his room right now. Why not leave it open so Andrew can get a sneak peek of the love he could get from BBN?
6. Give him space
We can joke all we want, but the best way to be a good roommate to Wiggins is to give him some space. Odds are that kid is completely overwhelmed with not only the decision before him, but the hype surrounding it. On the other side of the spectrum, Towns has absolutely no pressure on him since he’s already committed to the Cats with a full year of school left before him. So while a subtle hint every now and then wouldn’t hurt, some rest and relaxation away from the drama is probably ideal. Now, if that R&R happens on a UK pillow…you know, where’s the harm in that?