Answer: Just hard enough. Towns and Wiggins are sharing a room for this week’s Nike Hoop Summit, and the 7′ 2014 UK commit has just about struck that fine balance between recruiting and relaxing. When asked how actively he was pitching Kentucky to the 2013 phenom, Towns had this to say to Larry Vaught:
“I haven’t talked to him about Kentucky at all. He has so much talent, but we are good friends. I just wish him the best for any school he picks. I want to let him enjoy the time here and just be friends and talk basketball and play video games. Stuff like that.”
This makes sense for a lot of reasons. First, nobody wants Towns to be overwhelming. I can’t imagine anything more annoying for Wiggins than to have a roommate that wouldn’t shut up about what he wanted him to do. I remember one time my college roommate wanted to go to Rally’s, and kept talking about it all day. It was awful. Nobody wants that here.
Secondly, in every probable scenario, even if Wiggins picks Kentucky, he and Towns still wouldn’t play together. Wiggins is a one-year talent if there ever was one, and the chances of him staying for a sophomore season (which would be Towns’ first on campus) isn’t even “slim-to-none.” In fact, Karl Jr. isn’t even sure he’ll get to play with any of the big names from the 2013 recruiting class.
“They are all so talented. I would not be surprised at all if I go there and none of them are still there.”
So while we always have fun seeing some Cats in action at the Summit (remember that time Enes Kanter broke the scoring record?), don’t plan on this being a recruiting rendezvous between Towns and Wiggins. Which is most definitely a good thing. Let them hang out and enjoy themselves. That’ll do more than any “pitch” ever could.