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Why Andrew Wiggins Should ‘Come On Down’

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The recruitment of Andrew Wiggins is winding down and a decision should come not long after the McDonald’s All-American game on April 3. The nation’s No. 1 prospect is considering Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas, and despite what you heard a month or two ago, Kentucky is in serious contention to land his signature.

Florida State, once believed to be the favorite, lost a lot of ground once Wiggins’ mother opened her eyes to other opportunities, and now it’s looking like North Carolina and Kentucky have just as much of a shot as the Seminoles, if not better. Kansas, though still in it, is likely in fourth place in the race.

Wiggins will certainly feel the pressure to become a Wildcat from his good friend Julius Randle and the other five members of Kentucky’s 2013 class participating in the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Coach Cal will rely on his incoming freshmen to do some recruiting work to complete what is already the highest-rated recruiting class ever.

One could argue there is already too much talent on Kentucky’s roster next season, but here are some reasons why I believe Kentucky is the perfect fit for Wiggins and why he will pick the Wildcats when it’s all said and done.

 

National Championship.

Like all talented basketball prospects entering the college level, Andrew Wiggins wants to play in a Final Four and win a national title, and he’ll only have one season to accomplish that goal. Kentucky is the ONLY school he’s considering with potential to win it all — and Kentucky has a lot of it.  North Carolina will be much better next season, especially if he joins the Tar Heels, but a title run is unlikely. Florida State? Not a chance.

Wiggins at Kentucky makes the Wildcats the biggest lock to win the NCAA tournament since, well, Kentucky in 2012.

John Calipari.

No coach in America prepares one-and-done players for the NBA like John Calipari. “It’s different here,” Coach Cal always says of freshmen playing at Kentucky. “Everything is warp speed.”

Calipari knows how to push players to reach their full potential from the moment they hit campus and his track record with putting players in the NBA speaks for itself. Wiggins doesn’t need any help getting to the league, but playing UK’s system will accelerate his preparation.

Competition.

If Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress return, Kentucky basketball practices will be like NBA summer league games next season. The talent Andrew Wiggins will face each and every day will be better competition than most of the opponents he’ll face in UK games. He’ll be pushed, tested, and challenged in every single practice, which will only make him better, whereas he could simply go through the motions somewhere else.

Not to mention, summer scrimmages in the Joe Craft Center will feature guys like John Wall, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, just to name a few. No gym in the country will have pickup basketball the way the Craft Center will have pickup basketball this summer.

Exposure.

People “in the know” can say Andrew Wiggins doesn’t enjoy the spotlight all they want; it’s not true. He may be quiet and low key or however you want to describe it, but every elite basketball player in the history of ever wants to play on the bigghest stage in front of as many faces as possible. Kentucky basketball will be all over national television next season and the loaded non-conference schedule will include some of college basketball’s biggest games next fall.

Marketability.

A once in a decade player like Andrew Wiggins has to consider marketing and self promotion when he makes his college decision. He’ll be one of the faces of Nike basketball (sorry, Kansas fans) in just a few years, and he can get a jump start on building the Andrew Wiggins brand by playing at Kentucky. By wearing UK blue next season, he will be the headliner of the best recruiting class of all-time; a fan favorite in college basketball’s biggest and most passionate fan base; and a potential NCAA champion and Final Four MVP on one of the best teams to ever play college basketball. Those are three accomplishment the resumes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are missing.

Buckets.

Wiggins would get more shots at Florida State or North Carolina, but he’d get buckets at Kentucky. The elite talent across the board for the Wildcats will take away from his touches, but he’ll get better looks and scoring opportunities in one-on-one scenarios at UK versus double and triple teams somewhere else. He just needs to ask himself, ” Do I want to average 15 per game on 10-12 shots at Kentucky, or average 20 per game on 20-25 shots and lose more games?”

Ask Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis about sharing the spotlight; I think it worked out just fine for them. And I believe someone once said they took the fourth and fifth most shots on the team.

Kentucky is the gold standard.

Andrew Wiggins is the gold standard.

It’s a perfect match!

Come on down?

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

52 Comments for Why Andrew Wiggins Should ‘Come On Down’



  1. rybo
    12:02 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    1st



  2. Class
    12:08 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Ugh, is it October yet!? I literally cannot wait for next season, and this article reinforces it! Good article Drew!



  3. Bluekzu
    12:08 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    No, Wiggins won’t have ‘only one season’ to win the title. He’ll have four if that’s his goal. That and the whole ‘warp speed’ at Kentucky make it sound like they have no choice but to get it all done in one year. They don’t. It’s one year if he has no intention of staying beyond that.



  4. TN Cat
    12:10 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Can we get a Wiggins flavor at Baskin Robbins?



  5. lkmdf
    12:11 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    He’ll be the #1 pick in the NBA Draft no matter where he goes. The question is, how league-ready will he be when he gets there? The better his teammates, and the higher the playing level he participates in every day at practice, and the better his coach at preparing NBA talent ……. then the better NBA rookie season he will have. The question isn’t whether he’ll be #1, it’s how soon he’ll become an NBA All-Star, and if chooses the best place to develop his talents during college, he’ll achieve that goal sooner.



  6. Bob
    12:12 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    “The nation’s No. 1 prospect is considering Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas, and despite what you heard a month or two ago, Kentucky is in serious contention to land his signature.

    Florida State, once believed to be the favorite, lost a lot of ground once Wiggins’ mother opened her eyes to other opportunities, and now it’s looking like North Carolina and Kentucky have just as much of a shot as the Seminoles, if not better. Kansas, though still in it, is likely in fourth place in the race.”

    There are so many missing citations in these few sentences that it’s ridiculous. We complain about people making ish up but Drew is probably the biggest maker-upperer there is.



  7. theWilkman
    12:12 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    3 – If you think there’s greater than a .001% chance he stays for a 2nd year you should probably just stop watching basketball.



  8. Musehobo
    12:14 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Doubt he will get more buckets here than UNC, and maybe FSU as well. Too much scoring talent here. He will most likely get better looks here, but he could drop 20+ every night at UNC.



  9. That'sExactlyRight
    12:15 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    #5 – That is what everyone said about Shabazz Muhammad too. He went to UCLA and he is no longer projected to be in the top 5.



  10. Drew Franklin
    12:22 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    6. — Or I know what I’m being told.



  11. Bluecat
    12:23 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    loserville is scared to death, with
    all the GREAT recruiting news BBN is
    doing, you couldn’t drive a nine penny nail up their collective asses with a nine pound sledge!



  12. Bob
    12:27 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Drew – OK, then. Citations, please. Who is telling you these things that apparently no other media member is being told? If you really had a scoop, I think you would say so. Have you spoken to Wiggins, his parents, his high school coach, his AAU coach or Calipari? Has the people you’ve heard from talked to them?



  13. TN Cat
    12:29 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, don’t listen to Bob. Just keep leaking information.



  14. Dakari Stoops
    12:29 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Great article Drew ……Dakari Stoops approves



  15. FrigFullofBeer
    12:30 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    I think in the end the allure of Calipari and seeing how things will be like playing at Kentucky with Randle the Twins ect. In McDonalds game, Jordan Brand, and World game will be enough to basically seal the deal to UK!!! Kentucky IMO just has so much to offer to turn down.. UNC, the Jordan factor and they will be good top 5 with Wiggins! FSU there is pretty girls on campus 😉



  16. Just Being Reasonable
    12:31 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    National Championship — Or the NIT?
    Calipari – Didn’t get much out of Poythress, Harrow, or Goodwin did he?
    Competition – the SEC is that tough? Kansas and UNC have future NBA players to practice against, too.

    C’mon Drew… I love you hilarious antics as much as anyone, but seriously– not every major recuit is a “lock” to sign with UK. And no one is ever a lock to win the most unpredictable tournament in sports. Just sayin..



  17. Dakari Stoops
    12:32 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Bob is really Landon Slone, Jay Cutler, Dante Jones and Jerry Tipton sitting around the same computer trying to tarnish the reputation of Drew Franklin



  18. B-man
    12:32 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    So, if I’m understanding this correctly, Bob doesn’t believe Drew.



  19. bigbluelife
    12:33 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    If Andrew truly wants to avoid all the attention on himself when would there be a better time to join UK with all the talent that will be here



  20. Drew Franklin
    12:33 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    12. — I’m not begging you to believe me. I’m relaying what I hear. And yes, it comes from the group of people you listed.



  21. brain
    12:34 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    If Wiggins doesn’t come to UK it will be because you knuckleheads keep treating him like he’s a contestant on The Price is Right.



  22. dude
    12:36 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    16) Just Being Retarded



  23. Dakari Stoops
    12:37 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    I think Bob is turning the corner on this story…..I think Drew is making him believe….Huh big guy c’mon



  24. catlanta31
    12:38 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Appears that ole Bob is an idiot.



  25. B-man
    12:38 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    I always thought the showcase showdowns were too lop-sided. One person would get the trip, the car and the hot tub while the other contestant got carpet, a mattress set and an amoire…SMH.



  26. Dakari Stoops
    12:42 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder who can piss further Cal or Roy Williams?



  27. Just talked to woggins
    12:44 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    This is crazy but swear its true…I just walked in wiggins school to make a sales call…first person I see is Andrew wiggins….I shook his hand and said we would love to have you at ky…he laughed and smiled…extremely nice…then I had to ask where u think you are going…I would love to say he said ky….but he just smiled and said not sure yet…his hands were huge…they were having a McDonald’s send off celebration for him…seemed like a great kid…made my day



  28. kentuckyrules
    12:47 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    27- post is worthless without pics!



  29. Bob
    12:54 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    TN Cat – Drew doesn’t leak anything. He states what we all know or could guess on our own.

    Drew – I apologize then. I had no idea that Cal, Wiggins and those close to Wiggins took your phone calls. You’re clearly a top sports journalist. If only they’d speak on the record so you could quote them. Keep up the good work!



  30. Al's IndiCats
    1:02 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Drew….Just remember “WE” are the needle….The rest are just pricks!!!



  31. bosshogg24
    1:14 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Best article you ever wrote Drew! Pay no attention to trolls or the uninformed!



  32. ajh
    1:19 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    bob ur a dicck dude.



  33. uk3k_j
    1:20 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    I think we stand a much better shot than we ever did with Shabazz. Shabazz was a head case from the start and from everything I have heard about wiggins he’s a really good kid.



  34. Mc
    1:22 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    When Drew or Matt give information, regardless of citations, somehow a lot of what they say is accurate. If they’re guessing they do a great job of being right, so since the track record is so good, I could care less if they provide citations. They may not cite it at the request of those giving the information.

    16)Kansas’ roster will be depleted after this season. UNC will have a couple of potential NBA players, but maybe not for the 2014 draft. We’ll see. With UK there’s no question they’ll have 7-8 potential 1st rounders for the 2014 draft assuming they declare and a couple come back.

    I don’t think the KSR staff makes it seem like every recruit is a lock which is pretty clear in what Drew rights. I will agree that a championship is not a lock, although if we do land Wiggins we’ll obviously be the favorite having depth and skill at every position.



  35. Mc
    1:23 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    *writes



  36. Dakari Stoops
    1:34 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Look at all ya arguing over this and that….If it wasn’t for Drew none of ya’d be alive……..Sorry I just felt it was time for one of those Jaws Quint moments in support of Drew



  37. Real question
    1:44 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Can you add Coach Cal being an advisor during one’s NBA career? I would think that would be a perk most coaches could not offer. Cal could say, I am with you for the long haul, after college you will be able to count on me for the best advice.



  38. Dakari Stoops
    1:47 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    @37 That’s actually a really good point



  39. Archie
    1:51 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    If we get wiggins (or even if we don’t) I would like to hear an opposing fan make a legitimate case for why we are the favorite to win it all? I just don’t see it. Yes they are freshman and have to gel but they seem much more like the AD class than any other frosh class.



  40. AshleysUnderwear
    1:54 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Very logical and well-articulated……I actually feel we have the best shot at Wiggins.



  41. Bob
    1:56 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Mc – “somehow a lot of what they say is accurate”

    That’s exactly right. But it’s not because they make some bold proclamation. They speak in generalities that can’t be wrong. Let’s take a look here:

    “The recruitment of Andrew Wiggins is winding down and a decision should come not long after the McDonald’s All-American game on April 3.”

    Note Drew says the announcement “should” come not long after April 3. Given that April 3 is just 6 days away, I think he’s probably right. But he didn’t say “will” come after 4/3. So does he know Wiggins won’t announce before or during the game? And if Wiggins does, Drew won’t be wrong because he made no claims.

    “The nation’s No. 1 prospect is considering Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas, and despite what you heard a month or two ago, Kentucky is in serious contention to land his signature.”

    All well known facts except the part that implies UK was not in serious contention at some point. Um, what? How are we defining “serious”?

    “Florida State, once believed to be the favorite, lost a lot of ground once Wiggins’ mother opened her eyes to other opportunities, and now it’s looking like North Carolina and Kentucky have just as much of a shot as the Seminoles, if not better.”

    Where to begin? Not sure who said FSU was the favorite at any point, but let’s grant that. FSU “lost a lot of ground” when Andrew’s mother “opened her eyes to other opportunities”? Huh? What does this mean and when did she say that? And who said UK/UNC are on equal footing (or better) as FSU? Which of your contacts would even say such a thing?

    “Kansas, though still in it, is likely in fourth place in the race.”

    Again, based on what? Gut feel? Note for other commenters, the use of “likely” allows Drew an out should he be wrong and Wiggins selects KU.

    “Wiggins will certainly feel the pressure to become a Wildcat from his good friend Julius Randle and the other five members of Kentucky’s 2013 class participating in the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Coach Cal will rely on his incoming freshmen to do some recruiting work to complete what is already the highest-rated recruiting class ever.”

    This may be true. Who knows?

    We’ll end on this:

    “Like all talented basketball prospects entering the college level, Andrew Wiggins wants to play in a Final Four and win a national title, and he’ll only have one season to accomplish that goal. Kentucky is the ONLY school he’s considering with potential to win it all – and Kentucky has a lot of it. North Carolina will be much better next season, especially if he joins the Tar Heels, but a title run is unlikely. Florida State? Not a chance.

    Wiggins at Kentucky makes the Wildcats the biggest lock to win the NCAA tournament since, well, Kentucky in 2012.”

    I doubt all talented prospects want to play in the FF and win a title. We certainly have no evidence to support that and even Shabazz seemed not to care about it. A title run for UNC is “unlikely” (not impossible) yet UK is the “ONLY” school with the potential to win it all. Which is it? And Wiggins makes UK a “lock” to win the title? Has this year not taught us anything?

    I’m not trying to pick on Drew and I hope he doesn’t block me from commenting going forward. I’m tired of seeing things written as gospel when it’s not. It creates too much noise and misinformation.



  42. Issel's two front teeth
    1:56 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    #7 so, you are saying, there’s a chance!
    60% of the time, it works every time!



  43. fireant
    1:57 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    You forgot on thing. With all of these guys coming in Andrew Wiggins won’t be the focus of the entire defense of the opposing team. He won’t be required to live completely under the microscope every night. Winning will not be entirely on his shoulders every game. If he has an off night because he is just a kid, that is OK because there are other stars to take the pressure off of him. In my opinion he should come to UK solely for this reason.



  44. PROS
    2:11 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    #16 Drew specifically listed John Wall, Cousins, MKG, etc as a list of pros that will come play ball during the summer. UNC can’t touch the list of NBA talent that will be lounging around UK during the summer.



  45. calipari
    2:20 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    So is this just a recruiting website now that we lost in first round and uofl will win title?



  46. 8&Counting
    2:25 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    He also poops Ice Cream and anyone that poops Ice Crem has to play for Coach Cal!!!



  47. Austin
    3:04 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins might not like the spotlight, but that is something he will have to get used to if he wants to be an NBA superstar.

    Wiggins has Andrew Wiggins hops. I don’t think anything compares to it. Those two handed dunks where he is looking at the rim are insane. There is no doubt he is a freak, but I haven’t seen enough to know for sure if he is in the LeBron, Durant level, or if he is more like Harrison Barnes or Rudy Gay.

    I don’t think he is going to be able to hide next year no matter where he goes. FSU would be the best place to hide and have fun.

    One thing I will say, he shouldn’t feel the weight of the world on his shoulders if he chooses Kentucky. He has a lot of talented teammates that can share that with him, and all the pressure will be on Coach Cal to win with the greatest talent in College Basketball History. There will be pressure no matter where he goes, but I don’t think it will be any worse at Kentucky. The spotlight however, will be on him, and shine the brightest at Kentucky.



  48. wow dude
    3:45 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    41… quit bein soo butthurt, didn’t even read your novel it was waaay too long for a comment section, Get your head outta your arse and celebrate #9 next year



  49. Bob
    3:57 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Fo shizzle my nizzle. You be riiite that I bein butthurt. I’s arsehurt toooo,, [email protected] Gotta get 9 clementine!



  50. hammer
    11:34 pm March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Name one of this years players that improved over the course of the season…maybe Willie. Point is: Cal doesn’t motivate anybody…if anything his constant yelling and those ridiculous gyrations he exhibits on the sidelines are embarrassing. He doesn’t develop talent…he uses it.



  51. Don
    11:16 am March 31, 2013 Permalink

    It is all about SPORTS HISTORY 30YEARS FROM NOW BEING PART OF THE BEST RECRUITING CLASS IN THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL. Look how long they have been talking about the fab five, THEY WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THIS CLASS FOREVER!!!!!!! THAT IS WHAT WIGGING WILL WANT TO BE.



  52. Don
    11:40 am March 31, 2013 Permalink

    This class will be remembered long after cal has been forgotten and Wiggins will be at the head of greatest recruiting class in basketball history forever period. Come on Wigging join the greatest basketball recruiting class, live in the sports history books that future generations will read about