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It’s Almost Over’s Tuesday News and Views

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On August 13, 2011, KSR introduced its loyal readers to a young man named Andrew Wiggins. The 16-year-old rising basketball star had just been named the No. 1 player in ESPN’s Terrific 25 for the class of 2014 and Hoopmixtape Canada released a new Wiggins highlight reel called, “Next Great Superstar?” earlier that week. Little did we know at the time, that lean Jodie Meeks lookalike from Canada with unbelievable hops would take us all on a long, stressful, seemingly endless ride over the next year and nine months, the remainder of his high school career.

Here’s a number for you: 572.

This post you’re reading right now is the 572nd to mention Andrew Wiggins over the 639-day span since that “Next Great Superstar?” video hit KSR. We’ve posted recruiting rumors, college visits, exclusive interviews, quotes, Earth-shattering dunks, expert predictions, photos with Cats fans and even a trip to the Wal-Mart in Huntington last week, all to get us ready for tomorrow, the day his recruitment ends. That leaves us with four questions to ask ourselves as we get tucked in under our Andrew Wiggins bedsheets this evening…

Will it be Florida State? The Seminoles have been on Wiggins from the start and provide the opportunity to carry on a legacy.

Will it be Kentucky? Coach Cal was all over Wiggins in the beginning and maintained a great relationship throughout. History awaits in Lexington.

Will it be Kansas? KU wasn’t a player and, like most, assumed Wiggins was Kentucky’s to lose, until he asked Bill Self to recruit him. The Jayhawks have made a late push despite all signs previously pointing to UK or FSU.

Or will it be North Carolina? Where he can follow in MJ’s footsteps and compete in the ACC against Jabari Parker and Duke.

We’ll know in a little over 12 hours when it’s finally over. Let’s discuss it now, once again, for the 572nd time.

 

 In case you’re new around here… ANDREW WIGGINS WILL SIGN TUESDAY AROUND 12:15 ET. He will hold a private ceremony with only family, friends, classmates and one media member, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch’s Grant Traylor. Traylor will be the first to report Wiggins’ college destination and we’ll be all over it, seconds later.

Be sure to check out KSR tomorrow at 11:45ish to follow a running diary of the announcement. Also, the radio show will go an extra hour tomorrow for a live reaction to the decision. That’s three hours of Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond for your Tuesday morning. You’re welcome.

 Now, the predictions from your favorite national “experts”:

Jeff Goodman, CBS: Kansas
Jeff Borzello, CBS: Florida State
Gary Parrish, CBS: Florida State
Matt Norlander, CBS: Florida State
Dave Telep, ESPN: Florida State
Paul Biancardi, ESPN: Kansas
Adam Finkelstein, ESPN: Kansas
Reggie Rankin, ESPN: Kansas
Joel Francisco, ESPN: Florida State
John Stovall, ESPN: Kansas
Mike LaPlante, ESPN: Florida State
Jerry Meyer, 247Sports: Florida State
Gerry Hamilton 247Sports: Florida State

Which brings me to my next point….

 The national guys are just guessing. Yeah, they word it to where it sounds like they’re informed, but they’re not. They have to earn that check somehow, right? They have to make a prediction. The fact of the matter is, no one knows anything. No one. Like Grant Traylor said on Monday’s radio show, only Wiggins and his parents know which school will get the LOI tomorrow afternoon. Everyone else is just throwing darts.

 May I remind you what life was like prior to Julius Randle’s announcement? Take a trip down memory lane with me…

— “Randle won’t join the Harrison twins in college.” — Dave Telep, ESPN

— “I just can’t imagine a situation where the Harrison twins and Randle go to the same school. Basically I think Randle really likes Texas, and being close to his mom is something that works in their favor. The talk has been the Longhorns have led for a while, so I am sticking with them.” — Brian Snow, Scout.com

—  “Again, Kentucky just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me with the talent it already has on board.” — Jason Hickman, MaxPreps.com

—  “Multiple sources close to the recruitment believe Randle will land at Kansas, where he had a terrific official visit and could follow in the footsteps of Thomas Robinson and other great KU frontcourt players.” — Adam Zagoria, Zagsblog

—  “Randle has kept things close to the vest for his entire recruitment. But the Kansas Jayhawks should come out on top in this because they have been on him as long as any other program, he can blend with a strong recruiting class, and he’d be able to stay closer to home in Texas.” — Paul Biancardi, ESPN

— “My theory has always been that Randle and twins Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison won’t play together in college.” — Dave Telep, ESPN

— “Florida in a close call over Kansas.” — Joel Francisco, ESPN

— “Kansas. It’s hard to imagine anybody beating John Calipari for a coveted recruit, but Bill Self might be on the brink of doing just that.” — Adam Finkelstein, ESPN

I can keep going if you need me to. But I think you get my point.

 Check it out, Dakari Johnson made a pitch to Andrew Wiggins:

“Andrew, I think you should come to Kentucky because it will challenge you to be a better player competing against the best players every day in practice. And hey, there are no better fans in the world than the Big Blue Nation!”

[via USA Today]

Well said, Dakari.

 Continuing with the Andrew Wiggins theme, his house mom, Lesley Thomas, was in the news again for another quote she gave the Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach. Thomas told him Wiggins does not want to attend summer school and that was a factor in the decision. That little tidbit left Florida State fans concerned, considering the Seminoles basketball team will take its once-every-four-years foreign trip this summer. If Wiggins holds off on attending school until the fall to travel with Team Canada, he will miss the entire trip and summer practices with his new teammates. That would mean, if Florida State is his pick, he will be joining the team late after a month or two of team bonding and basketball practice. Maybe that’s what Thomas meant when she said the summer will be a factor in his decision.

 Oh, yeah, Lesley Thomas also told Himmelsbach what Andrew Wiggins ate for dinner Monday night. He had chicken, peas, mashed potatoes and brownies. And with that, this entire recruiting process has gone entirely too far.

 One important thing to remember as this all winds down: Kentucky will have the greatest recruiting class (at least on paper) in the history of the game, with or without Andrew Wiggins. Don’t let that escape your mind while we’re sweating it out tomorrow. Adding Wiggins is a #BBN dream and will raise the 40-0 question, but missing out on Wiggins is his loss, not Kentucky’s. Big Blue Nation has eight other reasons to be excited about the job Coach Cal and his staff did with this incoming class. The 2013-14 season is going to be an unforgettable year, regardless of what news comes out of Huntington on Tuesday. Don’t get down if he goes elsewhere.

Let’s move on, for now…

 Tucked behind all the Wiggins hoopla is yet another Kentucky football commitment Monday evening. Kobie Walker, a three-star safety from football farm Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Md., gave his verbal commitment to Mark Stoops and the Wildcats. Though he’s listed as the 39th-ranked safety in the class, Walker will play outside linebacker at Kentucky.

Walker also had offers from Hawaii, Miami, NC State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin, among others. He told Rivals.com that he fell in love with UK the second he stepped on campus for the spring football game.

 Nerlens Noel was in Bristol, Ct. all day Monday to tour the ESPN fortress and make all the radio and television appearances that come with it. Most of what he said was old news to Kentucky fans, but he did call Calipari “the ultimate teacher on and off the court.” You can watch his appearance on Mike & Mike here.

That’ll do it for now.

See you back here soon for the day we’ve all been waiting for…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

70 Comments for It’s Almost Over’s Tuesday News and Views



  1. Crizzle
    11:25 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Common sense said kentucky, he has a great relationship with Cal….ahhh if I didn’t have class tomorrow I would just make sure I didn’t get up until 12:30 and then just check my phone.



  2. Important Things
    11:25 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    But was the chicken fried?



  3. Rush and Dave Ramsey
    11:26 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Does anyone think KSR would do a 3 hour show and preempt our shows because Matt thinks he is going to Kansas or FSU? Think about it



  4. David
    11:28 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    It’s amazing how 0 experts said Kentucky. Cal has been far and away the best recruiter in the past 5 years, and has won recruiting battles with so many different obstacles. You’d think at least one of the 13 ‘experts’ would pick Kentucky.



  5. Matt
    11:31 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone think he delayed this long because he didn’t want to be around Huntington to long after saying no to Kentucky?



  6. Bobbum man
    11:34 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    4- was thinking the same thing, and what’s with all the Kansas guesses? Figured more would pick UK than kansas



  7. KingRex
    11:35 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Misdirection got in the heads of fans from all sides and even the so-called recruiting experts. You were forewarned and have failed to let a cool head prevail. King Rex told u what was up BBN.



  8. Bobbum man
    11:35 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    5- no, not like we’re gonna come stormin down the street torches and pitchforks in hand



  9. ifhe goes too
    11:36 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    well if wiggins chooses anywhere but kentucky then you know he only cares about being “the man” and is content with what he has, and doesnt care about being on a TEAM.. if he wants to win a championship and be on the greatest college team of all time and get his self prepared for a awesome career in the nba then he comes to kentucky.. sounds like a no brainier to me.. but i guess we’ll see what wiggins is really about at 12:15 2morrow..



  10. UKDMD
    11:38 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Welcome back to the “Experts pick every school but Kentucky show.” In this weeks episode, expect the “experts” to continue their losing streak.

    Wiggins to UK tomorrow. My trip to drunk town to shortly follow.



  11. jpgott2
    11:44 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    Look, if we get Mr. Wiggins then that is great, yet if we do not, then everyone needs to bit their lip and not make a fool of themselves on the social media sites. UK is going to be great either way, and he is just a kid.

    Just get ready for the influx of UL fans on here if he chooses someone else. The bad thing is KSR admins will let UL fans on here, while blocking our retorts.



  12. It's About Self Improvement
    11:48 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    If Andrew Wiggins wants to reach the top of the world in college basketball, he should play for the Kentucky Wildcats. EOM….



  13. ucantcountcalout
    11:48 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    How many times since Cal has been at UK have people said, no way we get this player because we already have_____ place a name here. Just sit back and watch the majic folks!



  14. Catlogic15
    11:53 pm May 13, 2013 Permalink

    James Young!!…..James Young!!! ….James Young!!!!

    And why wasn’t Jason Jordan asked?



  15. Card4Life
    12:03 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares about Wiggin$ he overrated and aint no chris jones. He will go to UK only if cal pulled out his check book. NCAA champs 13 so u cant say shit



  16. Card4Life
    12:04 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Oh and by the prediction machine said we the better than last year team losers



  17. UKSupporter76
    12:08 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    @Card4Life
    I can see the banner hanging in Yum! now…

    “2014 Prediction Machine National Champs”



  18. UKFaninCO
    12:13 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    8>3!



  19. Issel's two front teeth
    12:16 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Tard4Life, This Cats team could be better than 2012! U know, the team that beat this tard team twice! UL1Cal4. LOL



  20. jpgott2
    12:19 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    15., I love when a UL fan comes to KSR and does not use grammar. Comparing Wiggins to Chris Jones? WOW! I also love that the amazing 2013 National Championship UL team had to comeback from 12 down in both Final-4 games to win. It is funny because 2012 UK only lost 2 games, not 5, and they dominated the NCAA tournament against a stacked region, and a bunch of rivals. Too funny.



  21. Mack
    12:23 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Traylor just posted this article on the Huntington online newspaper, doesn’t seem to think much of UK compared to the other 3 for Wiggins:

    http://www.herald-dispatch.com/x1430510154/Huntington-Prep-standout-to-announce-school-Tuesday



  22. Bobbum man
    12:25 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    What’s a Chris Jones?



  23. Card4Life
    12:26 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    2 bad our guys actually love and want to play for us why all of your guys cant wait 2 get out of lexinton. #L1C4



  24. Card4Life
    12:29 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Chris Jones is the next chris paul so we alredy got #1 player in next years draft, but he will decide to come back and win another title



  25. L1C4 is LAME
    12:33 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Another typical talk out their ass tard fan! Jones over wiggins the #1 pick n the 14 draft.lol dipshit.



  26. no sources...
    12:37 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I said last week, he is going to UK. Unless something happened after the McDonald’s game interview. I stick by it, and will be back to eat crow. just reading him in that interview screamed out he was coming to UK. I could be wrong, but just reading the kid in that video, that is the only time he ever let anything slip. Just my gut feeling, that speaks volumes.



  27. L1C4 is LAME
    12:43 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I wish u were rite 26 but I dont think its gonna happen.



  28. Hartline
    12:50 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    #26, that interview is what I go back to as well. First time he seemed happy talking about the recruitment as well. It definitely screamed Kentucky. Its possible he changed his mind so who knows.



  29. jpo
    1:13 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Love all the cowards that try to talk themselves out of Wiggins coming to UK, (just like they did with Randle and the Harrison’s). Just hedging yawl’s bets so if he comes you will be happy, but if he doesn’t come at least you “knew it” and “predicted it”. It takes a true man (or woman) to believe in Cal and the CATS! Wiggins to UK all day baby! Especially when it is as up in the air as this recruitment is. Grow a pair and get behind your team. peace. *drops mic*



  30. no sources...
    1:14 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I read people very well. The surface, and below. Wiggins was glowing in that interview. Things can change, and that was a month ago…but at that time, it was UK



  31. no sources...
    1:16 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    If Wiggins does go elsewhere, good luck to him. I wish him the best.



  32. laugh at the violence
    1:22 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    There is some dude over on WCN called WVblue or something like that..he keeps telling them he knows Wiggins and asks him stuff. Then he says he knows a coach. Tonight he says he still can’t get it out of Wiggins, but he is still trying. Those WCN folks are gullible.



  33. Mulignan
    2:23 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    He has a teethy mulignan smile.



  34. Dusten
    2:34 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    ^^racist.



  35. Wiggins Watch
    2:41 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    This is a business decision. These young men have professional advisors and they have told him The University of Kentucky is best for him and his brand. There are no other options professionally. At the end of this recruitment it always comes down to a business decision, not emotion, not family ties, a business decision.



  36. logical thinker
    4:14 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    After reading the article Taylor wrote in huntington dispatch. I must point out it seems he was more critical toward UK than other three. That could be cause he his self is not a fan. A lot of the people I went to college with from huntington are first marshal fans and second Duke fans. He said they werent many cons to unc. But one major one is constantt comparisons to jordan, that’s pressure in itself. Also a pro listed for Kansas was weight room , but every major d-1school is going to have a sufficient weight room. that’s small things and I seriously doubt a desIcion will come from that. An every negative against ky sound like a negative reply from a non UK fan. All these so called analyt are against ky had me thinking; we done missed out but after reading their reasons why Im back to believing its fsu or UK. And if not UK its due to wanting to be the guy and that we don’t need anyways. If he wants to win he ll come.



  37. rj
    4:45 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I’m so tired of this wiggins recruitment that I don’t care where he goes. the kids we got got coming are great and hopefully after today matt will lose the chubby he has for this wiigins kid and start showing some love for the class we got coming in. also I think by the end of the year randall, not wiggins will be the MVP in college. matt said you can”T go by the all-star games but I do talent is talent, he wants to base his opinion on one head to head match-up, who’s to say randall dosen’t come out on top the next time they play. can’t wait for next year! GO CATS!



  38. Stupid
    6:32 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    23) only reason your guys stay 4 years is because the NBA doesn’t want them. They don’t love y’all or Louisville. Stupid ass!!! GO CATS!!



  39. Ha
    6:37 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    38) you thought last years team was loaded? You’re actually gonna sh*t your pants when they step on the court this year, troll



  40. Stupid
    6:38 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Also I don’t know why people continue to talk about last yrs team, that wasn’t a typical UK team. No pg, no experience, best player hurt. No sympathy for us huh? Fine, we don’t want your sympathy… We lost.. So what!! When youre most hated people wanna see you down. i can only imagine the hate we will get while we run through College basketball… I’m glad people took advantage last year. REVENGE TOUR!!



  41. Buckets
    6:42 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Not feeling too confident about Wiggins to UK, but it would be GREAT to have him. Either way, it’s going to be fun watching his game develop and seeing what he becomes beyond his one year in college.



  42. Bush Wackers
    6:44 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Trolls out early this morning. Sounds to me like someone wishes they had a dog in today’s fight.

    HAHAHAHAHA



  43. Bush Wackers
    6:54 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    …or, gasp, maybe a little penis envy. Tee-Hee



  44. Bashful
    6:58 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Analyst keep saying that this kid is very shy and doesn’t like the limelight, well, he sure was smiling big enough in that picture taken at his FL St visit with all those hot girls!!! If he’s going to be the next LeBron in the pros, then he’d better get used to the limelight and a microphone in his face. At UK he could get a start on all that, but he wouldn’t be the main target because of all the other stars he’ll be surround by.



  45. Kyrgaines
    6:59 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I think the reality of it all is that these media types don’t want Kentucky to get Wiggins considering the obvious, which is, this team is already going to be sick!



  46. LEAK !
    7:01 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    gushing …



  47. The Man
    7:08 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I have no earthly idea what he is going to do, but i really wish he comes to UK. He has a chance to make history, no other place can offer that..



  48. gog8ors
    7:14 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    sorry boys, i know for a fact you don’t get this one.



  49. barn
    7:20 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    if andrew announces for UK we’ll have the greatest greatest class of all time. if not, we’ll just have the greatest class of all time.



  50. HEHATEME
    7:22 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    51. Give it up already. You have no credibility here. You’re guessing the field, which is the safe bet, but you’re guessing nonetheless. Kentucky will still beat the tar out of your beloved gaytors! Put that in your pipe and smoke it! Loser.



  51. tuxedo park
    7:30 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    51. PERFECT! Gog8tors is ALWAYS wrong, so that means we get Wiggins! Thanks, douche!



  52. tuxedo park
    7:36 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins has 3 options. Play at FSU, jack up shots for a crappy coach and lose a bunch of games, play for UNC or Kansas, be the man, turn decent teams into contenders, or go to UK and play with a one in a lifetime collection of talent, possibly go undefeated, and be part of a college team people talk about for 50 years. His choice will speak volumes about his character.



  53. btowncatfan
    7:39 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I’m wondering if Wiggins has even made a decision yet. All he has said is that he is going to announce his decision, not that he has decided. I think he should eenie, meenie, miney, moe his decision. Or draw a hat out of bag.



  54. SexnNursinHomes
    7:40 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    51- I hate you and the shitty town of Gainsville. It’s one of the worst places on earth to visit. The crappiest of people. Just ugly. Ugly. A person actually becomes worse after visiting that hot steaming pile of shit of a town. I hate you and hope you have an awful day. GFY.

    Wiggins to UK. SHOCK THE WORLD.



  55. Korean tacos
    7:46 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    He will be a wildcat, mark it down!



  56. Oil and Water
    7:48 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    #51-Please don’t use the word “fact” in your posts. You wouldn’t know a fact if it bit you in the hindquarters.



  57. Unnamedsource
    8:06 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    my contact at airport, reporting Leonard just landed on a lear. Rush in and out to waiting vehicle



  58. Wiggin out'
    8:12 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    57 – At least you went easy on him! Wow!



  59. B-man
    8:26 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    It seems so stragnge to me that no “Experts” are picking UK. If you listen to Wiggins, everything he says he wants points directly towards UK (good facilities, chance to win a National Championship, surround himself with good players, chance to be one of the best college teams ever).

    I’d love to get Wiggins, but regardless, we will be stacked next year!



  60. moefatty
    8:26 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Bad as i hate to say it Wiggins is not coming to UK. Sorry



  61. RC
    8:31 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    The smart money is on FSU and it should be obvious why. Wiggins and family seem a little too low key for UK- and that’s OK. Cal has said repeatedly that “it’s not for everybody.” That doesn’t apply only to your talent/ability as a player. It applies to your personality and comfort zone as well.

    It’s telling to me that there won’t be a presser today and only one local media guy will cover the announcement. Wiggins lives in UK’s backyard. 90% of the media coverage today would be Kentucky related. If you’re going to disappoint the “home team” then this is the smart way of doing it.

    What I really can’t wait for is the inevitable backlash and panic by UK fans. WE ALREADY HAVE THE BEST CLASS EVER! But that won’t stop the vocal majority from making total fools of us all. We really are predictable. Enjoy!



  62. Jeff
    8:37 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with #64 100%. Wiggins is not picking UK for all those reason. As much as I would LOVE to have him, we have an amazing class already and our greed should not let us make fools of ourselves when/if the kid chooses a different path. #UK



  63. SexnNursinHomes
    8:38 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    61- Some things just need to be said..



  64. btowncatfan
    8:39 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    64. I agree with everyting you say except for the “vocal majority”. The percentage of our fans who are idiots is a small but vocal group. Not sure it is any more or less than numbskulls from UNC, KU, etc. Except for UL, who are 98% goobers.



  65. WigginsWatch
    8:47 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I. Cant. Sleep. Been watching the interview in which, Lord Wiggins, is smiling fron ear to ear whilst speaking of how CRAZY it would be if they were all playing together. He said it would be “SPECIAL”. I hope he hasn’t changed his mind since then; I feel like he wanted to be apart of IT, then…



  66. Jeff
    8:54 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    I know this has been tight lipped, but to me, it’s typically a good sign to judge by when there is some positive momentum prior to the signing. In this case, there is none in favor of UK. All expert picks are FSU and KU and all UK fans are basing hopes on is an interview a few weeks ago. These don’t typically end in our favor but I’m keeping my fingers crossed! The kid is low key, doesn’t like attention, and puts lots of stock in what his family/friends think. All that adds up to FSU.



  67. Exasperated
    8:54 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Take this for what it’s worth. But, UK employees are saying that they have already given away the room that Wiggins would have had at the lodge.



  68. Rockfield, KY
    8:54 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    Card4Life has to be a UK fan just getting everyone stirred up. Too many UL cliches and the grammar looks like a middle school girl is texting it. Can’t be for real, can he?



  69. leftygilmore
    9:07 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    who cares about this kid anymore. seriously over it. last high school player who acted like this was a California QB named jimmy clausen.



  70. Terry Funk
    9:17 am May 14, 2013 Permalink

    @card4Life. without wiggin uk beats lolville by 15 with wiggins uk beats lolville by 50 so either way its a win win situation