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The most important part of the “Kentucky/Cal Effect” for Andrew Wiggins

As the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes winds down (or so we hope), the final four schools in the running have pleaded their case for landing the class of 2013’s top prospect. After drawing comparisons to LeBron James, and being labeled as a sure-fire lock to go as the #1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, it’s easy to say that no matter where Wiggins plays his college basketball– the utmost success will surely follow. While most believe this to be true regardless of the choice Wiggins makes, not every top 3 prospect in the last 4 recruiting classes has stayed at the very top as they make the transition from the NCAA to the NBA.

John Calipari and Kentucky have likely pitched a number of reasons why Kentucky should be the final destination to Andrew Wiggins. All of the reasons are likely enticing, but perhaps the most important part of the “Kentucky/Cal Effect” in regards to Wiggins has to do with Calipari’s ability to groom THE BEST of the best, not allowing them to slip. Kentucky and Calipari have only helped beef up the resume’s and marketability of the top players who have come through the program. Just look at the evidence…

 John Calipari’s Top Players:

Since arriving at Kentucky, John Calipari has coached six of the top-3 rated recruits (according to either or in their respective classes. The six top-3 rated recruits were John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Enes Kanter, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Nerlens Noel. Depending on the service, Wall, Davis and Noel were all THE top-rated prospect in their class coming out of high school. If everything goes according to plan in this year’s draft, all 3 of those #1 rated players coming out of high school will have been selected with the #1 overall pick. As a top player, you can’t ask for a better track record.

Draft Positions:

#1– John Wall

#5– DeMarcus Cousins

#3– Enes Kanter

#1– Anthony Davis

#2– Michael Kidd-Gilchirst

Projected #1– Nerlens Noel


Top Players who chose somewhere other than Kentucky:

The top-rated players (again, depending on which recruiting service you choose) who decided to attend college somewhere other than Kentucky since Calipari arrived in Lexington were Harrison Barnes, Josh Selby, Austin Rivers and Shabazz Muhammed.

– Harrison Barnes entered college basketball as one of the most hyped players in years. Barnes was nominated for all kinds of pre-season All-American and National Player of the Year awards. In his freshman season at North Carolina, Barnes struggled to assert his dominance in college basketball. Even though his draft stock was high, Barnes elected to stay for his sophomore season at North Carolina, where he went on to earn Second-Team All-American honors. Barnes, who was one time thought to be a lock for a top 3 draft pick, ended up being drafted 7th overall in the 2012 draft.

– Josh Selby was rated as the #1 player in the 2010 class by, although had him rated as the 5th best player. Selby attended Kansas, but had a rather uninpsiring freshman campaign. Selby had to sit out the first 9 games, and then struggled with injuries throughout the rest of the season. Selby averaged only 14 minutes per game following the injury, putting up 7.9 points per game. Even following a mediocre college career that last only one season, Selby decided to enter the NBA draft. Selby was selected in the 2nd round with the 49th overall pick. Selby is currently a regular in the NBA’s D-League.

– Austin Rivers had a solid freshman year for the Duke Blue Devils, but was part of a team that fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament to a #15 seed in Lehigh. Rivers averaged 15.5 ppg for the Blue Devils. Rivers was able to prove himself as a scorer, but didn’t grab the praise and attention many expected he might in his single collegiate basketball season. Rivers ended up being the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

– Shabazz Muhammed decided to stay on the west coast by attending UCLA. Muhammed’s talent unfortunately never translated to national stardom, as the spotlight was rarely on his UCLA team or its 10 p.m. tip-offs. Muhammed was at one point considered the favorite to hold the #1 draft spot in 2013. Now, the projections generally place Muhammed in the Top 10 (but toward the end of the Top 10).


I’m just sayin’…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

45 Comments for The most important part of the “Kentucky/Cal Effect” for Andrew Wiggins

  1. jumpman78
    5:06 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter where Wiggins goes, he is the top pick. I want him at UK but he is NOT those players that chose other schools. Remember, he is the best since LeBron.

  2. Biglaw Dawgin'
    5:06 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Even more impressive about Cal’s recruits were, even though they were in the top 3 of their respective class, the NBA draft encompasses four entire classes. So those #1’s through #5’s become a whole lot more impressive.

  3. HicksPickSix
    5:10 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    It’s also important to note that Austin Rivers just had one of THE WORST rookie seasons in NBA history, and that’s not hyperbole.

  4. ReverendBlue
    5:12 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    If you’re only going to be a one and done, why not go to the school that has the best shot at winning a national championship in that one year and be a part of history as the best recruiting class of all time? I’ve read that he’s the best high school player since Lebron. If that’s the case, why is he worried about going to a school where the roster is stocked with talent? Is he afraid he isn’t going to play enough minutes? Please. If so, let him go to Florida State and get double teamed every time he touches the ball. Andrew, I don’t think you’re intimidated. Come play for the title with us.

  5. Nerlens
    5:16 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins could go play ball at any school in the country and likely be the #1 pick. Going to Kentucky will give him no better chance of being #1 than if he went to UNC, Kansas, or even FSU for that matter.

    Also, the Kentucky Effect is better shown when players who shouldn’t be drafted that high get drafted higher because they went to Kentucky. An example of the Kentucky Effect is Josh Harrellson, Deandre Liggins, and Darius Miller getting drafted when nobody thought they would early in their careers. An example of the Kentucky Effect is Daniel Orton going in the 1st round when he clearly shouldn’t have. An example of the Kentucky Effect is that WCS, Poythress, and Archie Goodwin were all at one point listed as lottery picks in mock drafts when none of these guys really should be. That is the Kentucky Effect. Anthony Davis going #1 is NOT. That is a stud being drafted #1 because he is a stud. It would be the same case with Wiggins.

  6. NBAStats
    5:22 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Doesn’t do any good here. Send it to Andrew Wiggins, whoever he is!

  7. SexnNursinHomes
    5:28 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Florida State. hilarious. Just make Wigins the focal point of your defense and then let the other 4 Seminole players try and beat you. Rinse. Repeat. With Wiggins always being the focal point. FSU record will be about 19-14 with no chance for a title. Surely he isn’t this stupid.

  8. SexnNursinHomes
    5:29 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    oh and surely his parants aren’t that stupid either. Why watch your kid suffer.

  9. Draft
    5:30 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    What IF Wiggins goes to one of those other schools and doesn’t have a good year, and Julius Randle outshines him! May be Randle will be the #1 pick. Wiggins has to produce first. That’s not always the case.

  10. CollegeChoice
    5:31 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    I agee with #9. Coming to Kentucky he will go against the best in practice every day, going to one of those other schools, not so much. If he wants to get better he needs to come to Kentucky and practice against the best.

  11. SexnNursinHomes
    5:32 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    9- If that happens, Cal can use Shabazz and Wiggin as examples. Cal will say, “why be like Shabazz and Wiggins?”

  12. SexnNursinHomes
    5:34 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll watch fsu games just to see him get tripled teamed.

  13. Kyrie Irving
    5:35 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    I think I proved that if you got the skill you will be drafted on top and stay there in the league. Please God don’t let Wiggins go to UNC though.

  14. Otis
    5:36 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Archie Goodwin and Alex Pointless

  15. Squad
    5:38 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    I have now heard from one of my sources that Andrew Wiggins will announce on Monday afternoon or Tuesday…His decision is UK…..that is my take….

    wants to win championship…
    wants to be a part of a great team….
    wants other great players who will push him to be a better player…
    A coach who has a proven track record who can get him ready for NBA….

  16. Bird dog
    5:51 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins is going to Kentucky. Look at prior post. Now word leaking around…

  17. theword
    6:00 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    16… Where is this “word” on Wiggins coming from? I’m not seeing anything.

  18. BBNinCajunLand
    6:05 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Does Wiggins have the self-confidence to come here and compete every day? That is the problem, and why it is taking him so long to decide. Remember guy’s he is a kid that hates the limelight!!

  19. Bird dog
    6:06 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    17. Inside UK athletics.

  20. BOSOX
    6:13 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    I remember the “recruiting guru`s” said Harrison Barnes was next Kobe Bryant!

  21. theword
    6:16 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    19… Still not seeing anything. Link?

  22. BBNinCajunLand
    6:17 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    20. I see much more upside in the NBA game in Julius Randle than I do Wiggins. I know most disagree but…….

  23. BBNinCajunLand
    6:18 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    21. He is implying that he has inside info!

  24. Lil c
    6:19 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    What’s the chances Wiggins waits until the 15th to tell the world where he’s going!? And he says he doesn’t like attention?? Hahaha

  25. BBNinCajunLand
    6:22 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    24. What does the 15th have to do with anything? He can enroll where he wants this summer.

  26. jmfatz47
    6:23 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    The fact that he gets to PRACTICE against the best everyday would be enough to sell a lot of players. That has to be the best way to prepare for the next level

  27. BBNinCajunLand
    6:24 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Not to mention he can either go overseas or sit out a year, won’t hurt him at all. He’s been crowned already!!

  28. Joe
    6:40 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Brandon Knight was rated just as high (4th) as Cousins, MKG and higher than Wall (5th) on espn yet he’s not mentioned here. Weird – is it because he slid allllll the way to 8th in the draft?

    There are also top recruits such as T Jones M Teague (consensus top 10 players) who slid all.the way to the end of the first round.

    I know this is a UK site but please report the correct stats and not just ones that slant the truth!

  29. BBNinCajunLand
    6:46 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    28. Yet all are in the league, right? As well as Darius Miller and Deandre Liggins (both 6th men on a UK team). Next….

  30. Joe
    6:54 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not saying its a bad thing – didn’t you get my sarcasm with the ‘allllllll?’

    Just pointing out its easy to prove your point when you leave out the whole truth.

    Note- I wouldn’t quite say Teague, Jones, or Liggins are definitively in the league, all those guys split the season in the d-league not even playing in half the teams games. But they were ready for the next step per Cal right?


  31. BBNinCajunLand
    6:54 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry, I forgot Daniel Orton who is also on the active roster for a playoff team!

  32. Joe
    6:58 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    I am sorry – did you really mention Daniel Orton who has scored a grand total of 78 points in 29 career NBA games over the course of 3 season?????

  33. Joe
    6:59 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    ****And who will soon be unemployed in less than 2 months after his rookie contract is up.

    Good one.

  34. BBNinCajunLand
    7:01 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    The whole truth is that Cal does a great job at preparing his kids for the next level and they know that (they = the kids and NBA execs). Cal listens, but he has to do what’s best for the kid and his future as well. I wouldn’t want the job, but I think he has done pretty well so far!

  35. BBNinCajunLand
    7:03 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Orton made a bad decision, so be it. Cal can’t stop that from happening. Just like Archie this year.

  36. Boogie
    7:13 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    @22. I also see more from Julius Randle. Absolute monster on the glass both offensively and defensively. Rebounds win games. Flashy hoopmixtape dunks don’t. I don’t see Andrew Wiggins scoring on a long-armed elite college defender at will like many people think.

  37. RahRah
    7:21 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    #30, Joe, I’m guessing you’re not seeing M Teague getting time for the Bulls in the playoffs?

    Also, I want Wiggins and want him badly, but I have to agree with those who say Julius Randle will give him a run for his money. I think those two will go 1 & 2 in next year’s draft and the order could go either way.

    Great post, Ally.

  38. DCS195
    7:33 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Joe. What’s your point? You say tell the whole truth but the post was limited to players considered top 3 in their class. You want to talk about top ten players and charge the author with not telling the whole truth. Well, if you want to talk top ten, then look at all the top ten players that went somewhere else and didn’t get drafted at all. Why don’t you tell the whole truth?

  39. Joe
    7:47 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    I saw Teague get minutes yesterday with his team down 30+ the entire second half. Those minutes? Also saw him get crossed over for an and 1 by Ray Allen who was playing for UConn when Teague was in diapers.

    DCS – my point was actually that Brandon Knight was rated higher than John Wall and just as high as Cousins and MKG in their respective classes coming out of HS yet he was conveniently left out of this article because he wasn’t drafted in the Top 5. Got it?

  40. Joe
    8:09 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    You want the whole story?

    There have been 38 Top 10 espn recruits in the last 5 years that have entered the NBA draft. All but 4 were drafted in the first round: Josh Selby, Will Barton, Quincy Miller (whom BBN wanted terribly if I remember correctly) and Renardo Sydney. Of the bunch only Syndey did not get drafted at all.

    Point is if you’re a Top 10 recruit you are very likely to go in the first round. Mainly because you are talented, not because of the 1-2 years you spend elsewhere. The direct correlation of top draft picks and Calipari isn’t because of how we develops players in the 9 months he has them. It is because he is a tremendous recruiter, the best in the business. He gets the best players and the best players get drafted. Period.

  41. Leonardo de Hamiltino
    8:40 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    If he wants an NCAA Championship, its an obvious choice – shared.

    If he wants to be THE man, at Parent U, its an obvious choice – self.

    Take YOUR pick.

  42. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    9:06 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins seems to be a very competitive person, so he should not be afraid of the other players on UK’s team. Come play on the biggest college basketball stage, UK BASKETBALL, win big and develop your game with the best. Other teams will not be able to double and triple team you at UK, and no one can shut you down one-on-one.

  43. SoCal Will
    9:06 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    Folks, Ally Cat is onto something here. Andrew has four schools he likes so his parents need to help him make a business decision. Under the NBA cap the 1st round draftees can be bound for four years. Just looking at year 1 the First pick gets $4,286,900, the Second gets $3,835,600, and the Fifth gets $2,812,200. Just because Wiggins is projected as the first pick doesn’t guarantee he gets it. No coach gives him a better chance than Cal. Cal is a Harvard MBA in this competitive world.

  44. ZombieLand
    10:55 pm May 9, 2013 Permalink

    There are alot of brainwashed fools in here.

  45. Craig
    11:09 am May 10, 2013 Permalink

    4 years, at least 3 players per year (more if rivals and scout disagree), means at minimum 12 players. You only have 10 listed.

    Kyle Anderson was #3 on Rivals this past year, returning to college and was projected late first round. Derrick Favors was #3 in his class on rivals, drafted 3rd.

    Isaiah austin was #3 on Scout this year, returning to school and was projected late lottery. Andre Drummond was #2 in his class on scout, drafted #9. Kyrie irving was #2 in his class on scout, drafted #1.

    Sloppy job of research, Ally.