I wrote this at 7:30 a.m. this morning, prior to the news that Wiggins canceled his visits and plans to talk with the coaches by phone instead. Humor me and read it anyway so I don’t feel like I wasted a very early Monday morning at the KSR office. Those are rare around here. Very, very rare.
Andrew Wiggins will
sit down with talk over the phone with the head coaches from three of his remaining four schools this week before making a final decision on his basketball future. Roy Williams and North Carolina will meet chat with him today, followed by Bill Self and Kansas tomorrow and Leonard Hamilton and Florida State on Wednesday.
After a few discussions with people in the know, mainly our relatives and the cashier at Five Guys, KSR has a pretty good idea as to what tricks each coach will pull out from under their sleeves.
Today, we’ll explore Roy Williams’ gameplan for UNC’s final attempt to win the Andrew Wiggins Sweepstakes. It’s full of high fructose corn syrup.
Offer him an ice cold Coca-Cola.
Roy Williams switched to Sprite Zero a couple years ago to cut back on his sugar intake, but he still cracks open an ice cold Coca-Cola once every two or three weeks, he says. Today, Roy will likely pop the tops on a couple glass-bottled Cokes before he makes one final pitch to Andrew Wiggins. It’s an odd tactic, some might even call it old school, but Ol’ Roy has relied on the sweet, carbonated, caffeinated beverage for over 35 years.
— “Son, I use-ta drink a Coke-Cola evra day after school. Now put down that daggum Canada Dry and drink one with me for the Universita of North Carolina.”
Show off the rings.
Williams made headlines last fall when he showed up to Julius Randle’s house in Plano, Texas with a case holding 30 rings, commemorating anything from conference championships, to Final Four berths to national titles.
Though the move didn’t work with Randle, one can expect Roy to flaunt UNC’s decades of finger jewelry to Andrew Wiggins during today’s visit.
— “See this one? That there is the 2009 NCAA Championship ring. Tyler Hansburra was a supastar that season. Come be my Tyler Hansburra.”
Compare him to Michael Jordan.
Andrew Wiggins is often called the “Michael Jordan of Canada,” so you better believe Michael Jordan will play a big role in Williams’ sales pitch. Jordan led the Tar Heels to the 1982 NCAA Championship before going on to become the greatest player in NBA history, so expect Roy to lay out that same path for Wiggins to take on his way to his own NBA greatness.
— “You can be the next Michael Jordan at the Universita of North Carolina. Why aren’t you drinkin’ your Coke-Cola?”
Promise him the spotlight.
Unlike John Calipari at Kentucky, Roy Williams relies heavily on his upperclassmen and rarely promises anything to any of his players. Harrison Barnes, the top-ranked recruit coming out of high school in 2010, started as a freshman but wasn’t the focal point of the offense, despite being the most talented player on UNC’s roster that season.
Wiggins, however, will see a new side of Roy Williams. Williams will promise him the spotlight at UNC and all the shots and playing time that comes with it.
— “Tell me, Andrew, is there somethin’ wrong with your Coke-Cola? I want you to be the centerpiece of our offense at North Carolina next season, but you’re gonna have-ta drink up. My mama worked her tail off to give me a dime evraday for a Coke-Cola.”
Sell the Parker-Wiggins/Duke-North Carolina rivalry.
Jabari Parker was on the cover of Sports Illustrated last May with the headline, “The Best High School Player Since LeBron James.” Wiggins took offense to the issue because he believed he was the best high school player since LeBron James and he deserved the cover.
Since then, the two friends and the nation’s top two incoming small forwards switched places atop the 2013 recruiting rankings and a friendly rivalry was established. With Parker signed on to suit up for Duke next season, Ol’ Roy will sell Wiggins on the Wiggins-Parker matchup being the headliner for college basketball’s biggest rivalry next season.
— “Wouldn’t you like to play against Jabara Parker two, maybe three, times next season on national TV? I’ll drink to that. Cheers.”
Guarantee a National Championship.
It’ll take a whole lot of caffeine to reach this point, but Roy might pull out the ultimate stop and guarantee an NCAA title. With James Michael McAdoo returning, two top 50 recruits in Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks headlining the freshmen class, and starters Marcus Paige and P.J. Hairston back for another season, North Carolina will be a Final Four contender in 2014. Throw in Wiggins, the missing piece on offense, and UNC is up there with Kentucky for the preseason favorite.
— “Kentucky? They’re like a daggum flat Pepsi that’s been sittin’ in the hot sun all day. Come win it all at the Universita of North Carolina and enjoy a celebratory Coke-Cola with me next April.”