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Which recruit is more important: Andrew Wiggins or Drew Barker?

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Two very important recruits will (hopefully) announce their college decisions this week: Andrew Wiggins and Drew Barker. One is being called the best high school basketball player since LeBron, while the other is the best football player in the Commonwealth. Both could have major impacts on their respective programs of choice. Whose impact would be the biggest at UK? Let’s break it down.


Andrew Wiggins
Small Forward
Choosing between Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas and Florida State

The only certainty about Wiggins right now is that he is a special player. Everyone who has seen him play leaves convinced he could be the face of a franchise. Although he didn’t have the flashiest of performances during last month’s all-star games, he will be a program-changer for whichever school he FINALLY chooses. In terms of next season, Kentucky has the least to gain from his services. Without him, the Cats are already loaded, with what many are calling the best recruiting class in history. Julius Randle, the Harrison Twins, Marcus Lee, James Young, Dakari Johnson, Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins will join Kyle Wiltjer, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and others on what will likely be another Championship run. If Wiggins picks Kentucky, he would be the difference between a great team and a legendary team. With him, John Calipari’s dream of going 40-0 becomes a legitimate possibility. Marketing wise, Kentucky would reap the benefits of having Wiggins in blue and white for years to come. The nation’s trendiest program would skyrocket even farther in terms of popularity, exposure, and legacy, with little boys and girls wearing Wiggins’ #22 UK jersey for generations to come. If Wiggins picks UK, he’s a golden cherry on top of an otherwise delicious sundae.


Drew Barker
Choosing between Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee

Kentucky’s basketball team doesn’t need Andrew Wiggins, but Kentucky’s football team needs Drew Barker. Barker is the best football player in the state, and the 7th best pro-style QB in the nation. Many believe he’s the best QB prospect to come from Kentucky in the past twenty years. If he chooses the Cats, he will flourish in Neal Brown’s system, and would be another red-letter in-state recruit. Stoops and staff have made landing in-state talent a priority since day one, and are off to a pretty big good start with Ryan Timmons and Jason Hatcher. Because he’s a QB, I’ll argue that Drew Barker would be even bigger. UK has a history of homegrown quarterbacks, including Wildcat legends Tim Couch and Jared Lorenzen. The momentum in Kentucky football is on the rise, and Barker’s commitment would send a message to the country’s major programs that they can’t come in and poach our talent any more. The only drawback? Barker hasn’t proven anything. Both he and Wiggins have a lot of hype, but Wiggins has had more of a chance to back it up because he’s played against the other top recruits in his class. If Barker comes to UK and lives up to the hype, he could be the new face of Kentucky football.

Verdict: This is a tough one, but I’m going to go with Barker. The football team is in desperate need of elite talent, and landing Barker would not only give them that, but it would be a huge step for the program in terms of keeping in-state talent in state. Further, the quarterback is the face of the team. If Barker comes to Kentucky and lives up to his billing, he will be the star the program needs to keep growing.

Kentucky basketball is already the gold standard in its sport. Adding Andrew Wiggins could take it to the next realm, but if he goes elsewhere, we will still be the favorite to win the national title. Right now, the football team needs Barker more than the basketball team needs Wiggins.

Your turn.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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127 Comments for Which recruit is more important: Andrew Wiggins or Drew Barker?

  1. Cats
    1:34 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker for sure… Will bring in other talent and is the centerpiece for the future to look bright for UK football. STOOOPS

  2. Papa Shango
    1:34 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’d rather have Wiggins and win a championship in basketball then get Barker and be ok in football.

  3. tonyd
    1:35 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Ya , but weren’t we saying the same thing about Towles ? I honestly don’t know but is Barker THAT much better than Towles ?

  4. DakkoN
    1:35 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


    Wiggins could potemtially affect recruiting for years to come in the same way that UNC still banks on Jordan.

  5. Nerlens
    1:36 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker – While Wiggins definitely helps more at bringing #9 to UK and it is hard to pick against the #1 college basketball player potentially since Lebron, keeping Barker in state is a VERY BIG DEAL. Big time recruits like to follow big time quarterbacks and keeping the top talent in state is essential.

    Additionally, I would rather have Barker in Lexington for 4-5 years rather than the one year Wiggins would be here. With our collection of 3 sophomore QB’s, an underrated freshmen Reese Phillips, and 4-star STUD Drew Barker, the quarterback position would be in great hands for a very long time.

  6. Mr. Art Vandelay
    1:36 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    While carefully scrutinizing over all the possible outcomes via the pro and con technique, I concluded that both are primary targets and should be considered as such. IN OTHER WORDS, get both and call it a day.

  7. All It Takes
    1:37 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Yes ^^^^^ #6 hits the nail on the head

  8. Jessdogky
    1:37 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    BARKER!! We NEED good football players, we don’t NEED Wiggins.

  9. cristoforouk
    1:38 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I go with Barker too because of the long term impact he can make on the program. As Tyler said the basketball team doesn’t NEED Wiggins. We will still be special without him and could win the championship. If he comes and we win it will be more about the team than just Wiggins himself, and plus his impact is for one year unless he becomes the next MJ in the NBA. But then again if he is just at UK for one year that impact is a little more diminished than MJ’s at UNC. Barker will be at UK for at least 3 years and that in itself will allow him to make more of an impact at the school. Plus no matter who Stoops brings in, the quarterback is the face of the football program. If he lives up to hype he could become legendary.

    Wiggins is the more hyped prospect, but Barker has a much bigger opportunity to make a deep impact in his respective sport.

  10. somervillain
    1:38 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta be Wiggins. Barker would need to become Tom Brady to be as important.

  11. Michael F. Jox
    1:40 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    #5 – Exactly. There really isn’t much difference between the two. Barker is a little bit bigger and has a slightly stronger arm, but that’s about it. I personally like Patrick more, but who knows, hopefully I’m wrong.

  12. Roland
    1:41 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    If they BOTH don’t pick UK, later in life, for different reasons, they will think: “What was I thinking”.
    Maybe not.

  13. Mr. Art Vandelay
    1:41 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    So if Wiggins becomes the next Jordan and Barker becomes the next Brady then why not get both.

  14. KG
    1:42 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Both are very important in their own special way. Wiggins has the potential to be the greatest player to ever lace up sneakers. He would be the cherry on top the cake of success baked by UK. Just imagine the line: Welcome to The University of Kentucky home of the Nation’s number one program and the number one player of all-time…..Andrew Wiggins.

    In Barker we have a chance to get the best player in Kentucky since Paul Horning.

  15. John Robert
    1:43 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  16. Mr. Art Vandelay
    1:43 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe they could dispute over who is the biggest face of the university after they both move in for freshman classes this coming fall.

  17. abhube2
    1:43 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  18. Nemov
    1:43 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins… if he goes to UNC they could win the NC. Is Barker really going to change that much? Did Couch? Maybe it will help UK pass Vandy?

  19. Mack
    1:44 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    This is a silly question unless both are in the same sport their recruitment doesn’t have relationship. The question would be which one would result in the greater positive for the CATS. Then you could compare having the best high school basketball player since james this year or a top 7 QB next year. No question, take Wiggins for this season! This seems almost a waste of time.

  20. dh
    1:44 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins. No question.

  21. Real UK Fan
    1:44 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Hard to understand how any football recruit could be important when compared to a basketball recruit. The premise of this blog makes no sense.

  22. UKchrisb
    1:44 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  23. Roland
    1:45 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    14, (Me)you sound like a politician. Say something without saying something.

  24. Catlanta
    1:46 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    This isn’t even a question for me–I just don’t care that much about the sports other than Basketball. I’d take 1 more win in basketball over a national title in any other sport.

  25. UKFanInSC
    1:46 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Easily Drew Barker

  26. 18.
    1:46 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I get what your saying but Barker is another year out

  27. Roland
    1:46 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    The numbers change here: 23 meant 12

  28. mark
    1:47 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins without a doubt. He’s being hyped to be the best college basketball player ever. Cats are gonna be good with or without him… but with him, I feel way more confident about #9.

  29. 16.
    1:47 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  30. inlinefor9
    1:47 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Can only look at this one way. Which should lead to UK winning the championship in their sport. I love UK football and have been going to every game for years, but we ain’t winning a national championship with Barker and anyone he brings with him. Ain’t happening. Even if we had a really good season and somehow won like 10 wins, still not playing in championship.

    So if I had to choose, I’d take Wiggins knowing it takes us to the closest thing for a lock for a championship as you can get.

  31. kdawg55
    1:48 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    wiggins wiggins wiggins best pro basketball player since lebron

  32. UKfanNKY
    1:48 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I would have to say Barker without Wiggins (for one (1) year) we are already loaded!! As for Barker for at least three (3) years it would have a huge impact on KY Football landing that big of a recruit for one and his Talent would be huge!! GO CATS!!!

  33. The Wheels
    1:49 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins. I will care about football after we eclipse UCLA with 12 championships.

  34. Scooby
    1:50 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Ok. Give me Barker.

    First off Barker is a lot better than Towles. He is much more athletic and his throwing motion is a ton better.

    Barker is now being ranked as one of the top 5 Pro-Style QB’s in the NATION.

    You get Barker and you up your chances with guys like Derek Kief, Braxton Berrios and many others. It can even help with defensive recruits as well. You take Barker, because having a solid “elite” QB committed is the difference between having 5 four star players and a top 30 recruiting class and having 9 or 10 4 star recruits and a top 15 recruiting class.

  35. I Shoot 4s
    1:52 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker for 3 years or Wiggins for 1???
    Although, I think we land both.

  36. twnky
    1:52 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins and its not even close.

  37. Mack
    1:53 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Amen, The Wheels.

  38. quickneasycat
    1:53 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Anybody saying Barker is absolutely BONKERS!!!! Wiggins not only pretty much ensures a national title but our chances of going undefeated just increased by a hefty percentage. UNDEFEATED! How many teams can say that? None in the modern age of college basketball. Zip! ZERO! If we get Wiggins, then one program and one team can make that claim, the 2013-2014 national champion Kentucky Wildcats with superstars Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison etc. Last time I checked this was a basketball state, not saying I’m not happy with the direction of the football program but basketball will ALWAYS come first.

  39. Scooby
    1:56 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    QB’s are the foundation to any recruiting class…Wiggins isnt bringing anyone with him….Barker has the ability to possibly bring 5-8 high caliber players along with him. Last year look at PSU, hit with sanctions and everyone thought that recruiting class was going to implode but it didnt…..WHY you ask? Christian Hackenberg (elite QB) didnt leave…he kept that class together. QB’s have sooooo much to do with recruiting its unbelieveable.

  40. BBN nation
    1:57 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I say lets get both.

  41. Random Nibbler
    1:59 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  42. Mack
    2:01 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins does not have to bring anyone with him, they are already onboard with the CATS. With him the CATS will be………., well just dream!

  43. Cats
    2:02 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    #39 thank you. It’s definitely Barker. He’s the next Tim Couch and will bring in better talent than Tim had to work with. Even if we only do go to the Outback bowl, I love Tampa on New Years! Plus Barker has been tearing it up in the early summer camps so far. Could potentially rise from his already high rating. BARKER!

  44. Stoops
    2:02 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    If I don’t win some BIG games or not so big games, this YEAR…

  45. facts
    2:03 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    This might be the most ridiculous question in the history of KSR. Drew Barker is the 6th best player at his position, 150+ nationally (according to rivals)……and Andrew Wiggins is the best recruit of the “one and done” generation. Doesn’t matter how bad the football team needs Barker…..there is absolutely no comparison between the skill levels and potential impact of these two players.

  46. Common Sense
    2:03 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Barker EASILY. Without Wiggins, we can STILL win a championship so we don’t really neeeeed Wiggins. We neeeeed Barker if we want to build something special in football.

  47. H.A. Milton
    2:04 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    If the option was;you get Andrew Wiggins but they are going to shut down the UK football program all together, the answer would still be Andrew Wiggins.

  48. NealBrown
    2:05 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Can I see the trees in a forest?

  49. Jim1
    2:06 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    In basketball one man can dominate a game, Davis. But he has to be surrounded by great talent to win a championship, Kentucky.

    Remember Dusty Bonner under Mummy? Bonner was not a great gb, but it was mummy’s system that made him look great. Neal brown’s system is a cut out of the same mold. It’s not necessary for brown’s system to have a great qb (though it would help) but he will need great talent around him to be able to compete for a championship.

    The greatest impact on any program would be Wiggins.

  50. KY is a basketball state
    2:07 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  51. Lobster
    2:08 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker; he will be able to recruit the best skill position players for the next four years. Although his immediate impact on the field may be minimal. Landing one of the nation’s top QBs will be a statement to the rest of college football and high school recruits.

  52. Mc
    2:08 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins. Let him play QB too.

    For Barker, the jury would be out until he actually plays since he sees nothing even remotely close to SEC caliber defense at Connor. Also, in all-star games the QBs are protected. Maybe he’ll be good. However, we know Wiggins will be good.

  53. MustacheMan
    2:09 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins for sure. Who cares about UK football…

  54. Rockfield, KY
    2:10 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    What would hurt UK more: Barker going to another school and becoming the next Elway, or Barker coming to UK and not panning out?

  55. JTack
    2:10 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins gets us a championship. There’s no championship for football in the near future. I say Wiggins all day long…

  56. Facts
    2:11 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Again….perspective…..Barker is the 6th best QB in this class. Andre Woodson was the 7th best QB in his class. Who you trade the best high school basketball player since Lebron (BETTER than John Wall) for a QB that is slightly better than Andre Woodson? Are you serious?

  57. bosshogg24
    2:11 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Who comes up with these questions? One has nothing to do with the other!

  58. Lucas
    2:12 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


    Basketball will win w/out Wiggins whereas Barker is a “must get” recruit.

  59. LetRealitySetIn
    2:13 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Neither of these kids will go to UK.

  60. THE Coach
    2:15 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I know there is no such thing as a guarantee but I think Wiggins is about as close as it gets to a guaranteed stud. Barker on the other hand is hit or miss just simply because that’s the nature of football recruiting. Highly rated football recruits turn out as busts yearly but not so much in basketball. For that reason for me its Wiggins.

  61. kickin it
    2:16 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Lets be real here. We’re a basketball school. I am enjoying the direction it looks like our football program is going with Stoops, however, Wiggins will have the biggest impact.
    The possibilities: 40-0 vs making a few bowl games?

  62. Burr
    2:18 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    We all KNOW wiggins is gonna be a stud player the year he is here. With football recruits, it’s a crap shoot. You just never know. Look at Morgan Newton. So I go with Wiggins

  63. Musehobo
    2:18 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    The question is “Who’s impact could be the greatest?”

    If people think Barker could be the next Couch, well…maybe Barker. But you can’t count out the possibility of going undefeated in basketball (I don’t like talking about that), which is also big.

    I’d RATHER have Wiggins, but the question of “impact” could be a toss-up.

  64. HazardCatsFan
    2:18 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Drew Barker no question. While Wiggins could be our Jordan, Barker could be our Elway and our football needs a Elway before basketball needs a Jordan. JMO.

  65. kes
    2:18 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    this is just silly. there are qb’s like barker every year. wiggins is said to be the best high school player since lebron, and just about guarantees a national championship

  66. Evan in Northern Ky.
    2:19 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Wiggins by a long shot.

  67. chosen
    2:20 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  68. Dooby
    2:22 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    #38….You hit the nail on the head!

  69. Brandon
    2:25 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Tyler, You are wrong on this. Dead wrong. Let’s say both live up to their expectations and hype. Then you want Wiggins. He is the better player at his sport. Basketball players come back in the summer and are identified with their school more than football. 40-0 could be a possibility and that’s history. That’s not school history. That’s national history. I cant believe we are having this debate. Wiggins is the number 1 prospect. Not just number 1 this year, but maybe number 1 of the past 10 years. Barker is nice, be he aint that nice. A national championship is no sure thing. You always want more talent and a better chance because it is not a given. I hate it when people say “We dont need Wiggins”. You never know. We might need him. This debate is silly. Its Wiggins you want if you have to pick one.

  70. Deepblue
    2:26 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    The reality is that if we get Barker that will mean that we are mildly more competitive and three years from now we get an upset win over South Carolina. If we get Wiggins it results in the greatest college basketball team in history at a school that values its position in the all time rankings. Unless you are one of the football fans that answers “football” to every priority question, there is no debate here.

  71. Cory jones
    2:27 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    One problem…the #22 kentucky wildcats jersey is already taken by Alex Poythress

  72. Rae
    2:30 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins:Florida State::Barker:Kentucky

  73. cristoforouk
    2:32 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    The question is not who is better in their respective sport (obviously Wiggins). The question is who is more important for UK and who will make a bigger impact? With the team UK bball already has next year, Wiggins’ potential impact would not be nearly as big in one year as the potential impact Barker could have in 3-4 years (or 5 years). I don’t know how that can be debated. UK can win a national championship next year without Wiggins. UK can go undefeated next year without Wiggins. The potential for his long term impact would rest more on his NBA career, which nobody can predict.

    If Wiggins comes to UK and UK goes undefeated and wins the national championship, what kind of impact does that have on the program? UK is already one of the best of all time, and will remain elite as long as Cal is here. Barker’s impact to a rebuilding football program has the potential to be much more significant.

    Now if you just ask me who I would rather have, selfishly it would be Wiggins. But that’s because I’m a much bigger basketball fan.

  74. UKfanNKY
    2:32 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    wiggins for one yr. or Barker for at least 3………….BARKER!BARKER!BARKER!BARKER!BARKER!BARKER!BARKER!BARKER!

  75. Dakari Stoops
    2:33 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker is the 7th rated Pro QB in the 2013 recruiting class… Now I realize we need him and their is valid argument in that, But Andrew Wiggins is once in a lifetime and even though we are already loaded, It doesn’t matter HE IS ANDREW WIGGINS….Always take the sure thing

  76. CougarPride
    2:33 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Now, I’m a Conner Alum and current UofL Student and I played football with Barker – kid is a playmaker. He’s big, athletic, and doesn’t have any off-field issues – Think a Zeke Pike success story. Don’t get me wrong, the attention he is getting nationally for himself and his school have been great and I want nothing more for him to be great, but I don’t think his talent will translate, at least not immediately, once he hits college. Conner plays a 5A schedule lacking quality competition whereas Towles played at the perennial power house of Highlands. I’d say Barker is a great pickup as he is coachable and smart with the ball, but I don’t see his commitment as leaving a bigger impact than Wiggins.

    Or I could be wrong and he could be the best guy for you all since Couch. I hope I am wrong.

    But in the end, Louisville’s still gonna spank dat asssssssss.

  77. LexCathCat
    2:34 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker. Football needs a star much more than basketball needs Wiggins. Both would be nice, however.

  78. Dakari Stoops
    2:35 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Circumstances aside who would you pick? I really can’t believe Barker was picked by anyone. 7th rated Pro QB of 2013 or potential NBA Hall of Famer?

  79. Dirty Denham
    2:38 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    It has to be Wiggins, he is a brand, and it would be awesome to have it associated with UK

  80. WildcatInKnoxville
    2:40 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker!! Give me Barker Football needs him more than we need Wiggins. I wont complain if we landed both though.

  81. Mack
    2:40 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Well Cory jones why didn’t you point this out before, this means Wiggins couldn’t play until the next season since they both are #22. Now we have no choice but go with Barker, wait they will now be playing during the same school year, it’s back to Wiggins!

  82. NoelGallagher
    2:41 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins = All time great team possiblity – best HS recruit since Lebron

    Barker = football still mediocre & he not some can’t miss Andrew Luck type prospect anyway.

  83. Brandon
    2:41 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Some of you picking Barker are acting like Barker is on the same talent level / future star level as Wiggins and thus saying football needs that more than basketball. Your whole argument is flawed from the start. They are not on the same level. They are not even close actually to being on the same level. Football is not getting a star like Andrew Wiggins if Barker picks UK. Plus, football needs more than a star. What they need is a lot of good players coming in over several years. Tim Couch was a bigger star than Drew Barker. Uk got their star back then. It didnt really change things because football is about a whole bunch of players. Stoops is improving this program because he is getting a bunch of good players interested in UK. In the end, Barker will have far less impact than Andrew Wiggins. Far far far less. If you want to do something special like have a real shot at going 40-0. Something many have said cant ever be done again. ITS ANDREW WIGGINS.

  84. BBN
    2:41 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    If I gave you a dollar you could keep it because all I really need is a quarterback.. Barker!

  85. Dakari Stoops
    2:48 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Wiggins is the wind beneath my wings

  86. Mack
    2:48 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    It seems some are stating that if all the college AD’s had a common draft of all high school players from all sports that you would take Barker before you would take Wiggins! You would be fired as the AD.

  87. capt
    2:49 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    What a terrible article. Treats these kids like they are in some way unimportant. Kind of like trophies.

  88. Cat 4 Life
    2:51 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins hands down. Not only would I take Wiggins ohver Barker, but over Barker and any other player to come in with him. 1>2.

  89. big 0
    2:53 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Drew who?

  90. RahRah
    2:54 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins, not even close!
    Makes us the best team ever assembled. How can you not want that? We’ll be great without him but if he goes to unc or Kansas, we will have competition for the championship. If we get him, we will be legendary! Your grandkids will be talking about the 2014 team if Wiggins comes to UK!

  91. UKBlue1!
    2:58 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I am getting pissed at the comments on here. If you really think UK is going to go 40-0 next season you need to have your head examined. I am greedy I want both. I think the Cats will have a chance to win the title with our without Wiggins. Andrew Harrison, Johnson and Randall are the real deal. I think WCS and Poythress are also going to be a huge key to our success next year. Go Cats!

  92. cristoforouk
    2:59 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    83 – So if Wiggins comes and UK goes 40-0, what does that do for the UK program? Makes it elite? Already is. Makes it one of the best of all time? Already is. Makes it the only team to go undefeated? Nope. Makes it the best team ever? Maybe. Probably. But what exactly does that do for the program that the program hasn’t already done for itself? Or that Cal won’t continue to do? The program is already at such a high level that Wiggins at UK for ONE YEAR just doesn’t have the potential high long term impact. Those accomplishments are just another notch on the already prestigious UK basketball belt. It will all be based on his NBA career. And to be honest since Wiggins will be surrounded by so much other elite talent in his one year at UK he won’t carry the team, and people will not associate him with UK like they do Jordan/UNC. People will see Wiggins more as just Wiggins the NBA player.

  93. yearsendingin9
    3:03 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Golden Cherry? Watch those metaphors.:) Next thing you know you will be writing as poorly as the people who post to Bleacher Report or the Rant. As for the question, my answer to this question is the same as the one whether I would prefer Randle or Wiggins; I said then and I say now, BOTH! Thank you.

  94. KevinM
    3:05 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    71, interesting…could AW’s decision be as simple as that? If he can’t get his number, he will take his talents elsewhere?

    Does he have a relationship with LeBron and has LBJ advised him at all?

    But Wiggins is a bigger impact, because it just elevates what Cal has done here already, and it tells the other schools that you can’t beat Cal for recruits again!

  95. Rocket 20
    3:06 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    While we are discussing recruiting let’s sign both Wiggins and Barker. Then throw an offer to Charles Walker of St. X. who is probably the best senior-to-be in football for Kentucky next year.

  96. ukfaninbigo
    3:10 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Why not get Barker for Football. Wiggins for Basketball. both Kentucky and all of BBN Nation will be tickle “WILKCAT BLUE”.

  97. H.A. Milton
    3:10 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Give me Wiggins or give me death!

  98. Calipari's Blue Ballers
    3:16 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  99. Tom Blevins
    3:17 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not disagreeing with anyone who says that we need Barker, but I think our need for Wigggins is greater than people think, because of our lack of depth at the guard spot. If we don’t get Wiggens, then probably James Young is our starting starting small forward. If we get Wiggins, Young will probably still get a lot of minutes, because he’s capable of playing well at three positions, point guard, shooting guard, and small forward. Which would I rather have between Wiggins and Barker? I’d rather have both!

  100. chief_cat
    3:17 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    For those of you saying this is a ridiculous question, just look at the responses. They are much more evenly split than I would have imagined. The truth of the matter is that they would both have a tremendous impact on their respective programs for very different reasons. As many have pointed out, adding Wiggins to an incoming class that is already hailed as the best all time frosh class, would be huge! He would take us from front runner to win our 9th title to prohibitive favorite. Adding him would mean the talk about going undefeated next year is not so far-fetched. Adding his “brand” to the UK family will help to perpetuate our dominance in college b-ball for years to come and, as hard as it is to believe, will likely take it to an even loftier level.

    If Barker chooses UK, he will not necessarily lead us to a mythical national championship. However, it he comes to UK, he will immediately draw other recruits to the program – many of whom are more talented than any we have previously recruited. His impact during his playing days at UK will last much longer than Wiggins because he will not be a one-and-done player. While UK basketball is at the top of the mountain, adding Barker and those that he attracts to the football team means that UK could take major strides toward the top. Who’s to say what might happen if UK starts winning important in-conference football games, gets more TV time, more hype, and is playing an exciting and winning style of football? The momentum the program would likely gain by hauling in Barker is possibly even more huge than adding Wiggins to our b-ball team.

    At the end of the day, I see it this way… if we bring in Wiggins, we have a VERY good shot at #9 and lots of future talk of the home of many banners…and Andrew Wiggins. If we don’t add him, we still have a good shot at all of the above except the comment about “home of Andrew Wiggins”. If we bring in Barker, we have a shot at making incredible strides in recruiting other top players to UK, changing our brand over time as an also-ran in the nations toughest conference to one of the elite programs in the nation, and having a shot at wins in major bowl games, top 10 rankings, etc. If we don’t win the recruiting battle for Barker, I think it will be the first big setback in Stoops effort to build the program. We can’t really afford to miss out on “one of our own” as we have too many times in the past (see Tom Jackson, Phil Simms, Paul Hornung, Shaun Alexander). We need to be able to successfully recruit elite in-state talent if we ever hope to win the battle with elite out-of-state talent.

    I want to get both players and think we have a good shot at both. While the impact of adding either to his prospective team will be huge, I think the addition of Barker to our football team would have more significance – that is if we are really serious about having one of the elite college football programs.

  101. Easy Choice
    3:19 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    More important:

    (a) the best bball player since LeBron who will likely turn a great team into a legendary team / possibly the best college team of all time; or

    (b) a good QB that will turn a bad team into a mediocre team, in a state that cares way more about basketball.

    Hmm, I think I’ll go with (a) on this one.

  102. brain
    3:29 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Tough question because you don’t want to slight either guy but Wiggins is the #1 recruit in the country and lauded as one of the best since Lebron. Pretty hard to argue that he isn’t more important because we are going to have a great chance at a NC with him and no chance in FB.

  103. Trent
    3:39 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Last season Alex Poythress wore #22. What would happen if Wiggins comits as they both wear that number?

  104. Trent
    3:40 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  105. RealTalkk
    3:43 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only one here who thinks that Jason Hatcher was a bigger get for UK then Barker could be? I think that we currently have enough quarterbacks capable of making an impact.

  106. Tanks fer Nuttin
    3:43 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink


  107. Dakari Stoops
    3:48 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    There is this thing called a “Fry Lovers Burger” at Rally’s and it is just ….Uh I mean GIVE ME WIGGINS OR GIVE ME well I guess give me Barker if he’s not comin that would be the smart decision…GIVE ME WIGGINS OR GIVE ME BARKER!!!

  108. Tony
    3:53 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t understand the point of these types of posts. Just in the past day or two, Matt Jones laments the negativity in the comment section and promises format changes are coming to clean it up. Now here is yet another article that invites the kind of commentary that is either overtly insulting or negative or can easily be perceived as a slight by these young recruits that KSR supposedly would like to see us land. What possible good can come from throwing out totally hypothetical situations, ( as though we couldn’t land both), that open the door for the knucklehead portion of our fanbase, not to mention the trolls, to criticize either of these guys that we desperately want? I don’t get it.

  109. Cats By Triple Digits
    4:02 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Is this really a question??? Wiggins.

  110. Marion County
    4:13 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Give me a kid who plans to stay longer than 6 months at UK anyday of the week. That means Barker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  111. Old Cat
    4:28 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker could certainly have a bigger influence on football than Wiggins could have on basketball. But guess what, the campus is big enough for both of them. It is not a question of either or, but a question of growing BBN in every way possible.

  112. Tampa Satchel
    4:39 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not even sure if this is an arguable point. Barker for sure. Without Wiggins we are still the favorite to win the championship. With him we pile on. Barker is a rainmaker recruit, who will attract other top talent to join him.

  113. shannon
    5:06 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins for sure. I couldn’t care less about UK football.

  114. We Get Both
    5:14 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I am confident both end up in Lexington. But we are in the SEC and that means one thing. Football. With that said and agreed to by all, it has to be Drew Barker. Wiggins is just passing through, Barker will be a part of us for a long, long time. Like the rest of his life if he becomes the hero the staff feels he can be.

  115. Jim 1
    5:23 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    This is a mute arguement. Wiggins brings an almost sure championship with the possibility of a 40-0 season. Barker has very little if any chance to bring a championship to UK football.

    Both basketball & football are team sports, but basketball can be impacted more often than not by one great player. Neal brown’s offencive scheme does not demand a great qb, but one with good talent who understands Brown’s system. Any good coach (Cal) can build a system around Wiggins.

    Wake up UK fans. One is a good (maybe great) player and on is a dream player.

  116. Nerlens
    5:49 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    The issue I see with most people who have chosen Wiggins is that they dismiss the relevance of UK football or are not UK football fans in general.

    Yes, UK football has been historically a bad program. That said, we have a new and exciting coaching staff in place that is performing top tier on the recruiting trail thus far. We also have a major facilities upgrade in place. For UK football to continue down the path it is on, landing Drew Barker would be beyond huge.

  117. Wildcatsteeler
    5:57 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker by far. Wiggins is a one-and-done on an already loaded team. Barker will be around for several years and the football team needs rebuilding fast.

  118. Lee
    5:58 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Uhhhhhh… anyone with Drew in their name. That should cover it.

  119. Wildcatsteeler
    5:58 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    @115 Wake up yourself Jim. You’re incredibly shortsighted. You must be a Republican.

  120. Dave
    6:20 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    top 5 pro style quarterbacks is what in the top 100 of all positions.
    Wiggins is 1 of 1.
    Towles came from a similar but superior program. They play some of same competition but Highlands is historically much better. Towles may be better than Barker?
    If not I do not think there is significant difference. Towles was no where near a star last year. He make take 4 years to get a really good opportunity and to be star material in SEC.
    Unless Barker turns out to be a Couch or Woodson caliber player odds are he will be a good qb in the SEC. I do not see any of this equating to any significant difference in Kentucky wins.
    Wiggins is much more proven in his competition and the who has given him praise. Chemistry is always the vital ingredient if you have talent but Wiggins maxes out the talent part of the equation. He gives Ky a higher chance to win it all and to go undefeated. All top 5 recruits that come to Ky magnify the prospects for the future.
    I hope we get Barker but he is not top 10 in the country; so, Wiggins excites me much more.

  121. Matthew P
    7:00 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker because football is my first priority and most important.

  122. beezhd
    7:54 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I refuse ta chewz , BARKER & WIGGY

  123. big O
    8:23 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    If Wiggins walks through Fayette Mall he gets noticed. On the other hand if Drew does the same he would have to introduce himself to most people. Drew in the SEC may not be the same QB playing against KY high school players. Wiggins would shine in the NBA right now. No comparison. Wiggins hands down.

  124. TimetoManUP!
    8:35 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Barker is nice but he can only run a 4.7 40 time. Which isn’t bad for a qb but I doubt he plays as well as Russell Wilson. I’m afraid that unless Barker can pick up that 40 time and drop it to a 4.4 or 4.5 then he is going to have a very hard time measuring up to Wiggins. This is about pro talent regardless of the sport and Barker just doesn’t stack up to Wiggins.

  125. The Dude
    8:57 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Baker, Wiggins is an egotistical drama queen and I don’t want a player like that, no matter how talented. And we don’t need him to win the championship next year. We need Baker to keep the football program moving in the right direction. Football recruiting revolves around securing good QB’s.

  126. Jim 1
    9:27 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    # 119 Let me try this again. Barker is a great hs qb and I hope he comes to UK. But it not necessary to be a great qb to run Neal Brown’s system. He will need a strong quick & accurate arm, and be able to read the defensive set quickly. Now those are facts & how Barker will impact Brown’s system, only time will tell. How he will impact UK’s football future is not known.

    In coach Brown’s system a qb will need to have great receivers. They will need to be fast with good hands. A little height can only help. Brown’s system is based on short quick passes to multible receivers with a hurry up no huddle offence. He will mix in a few runs & deep balls. Now those are facts. The qb must be smart with talent. Will Barker be the man? Only time will tell.

    Now what about Wiggins. He will be a one and done. He will be an all-american & #1 draft pick (accd. to pro scouts). He will most likely help UK win a national championship. And you don’t have to say only time will tell.

    Now who will be more important? A football player that we hope he can or a basketball player that we know he can. I’ve been a UK football for 60 yrs through the good and mostly bad and always will be. Sir, yes I am a conservative.


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