The folks over at ESPN must be hurting for story ideas, because this morning, they have a whole article exploring “what if” certain recruits had gone to different schools. The main player they focused on was Andrew Wiggins, and what life would have been like for him had he gone to Kentucky, a question many of us have asked over the past year:
We will never know if Wiggins would have been enough to push Kentucky to last season’s national championship. What we do know is that Wiggins’ Achilles’ heel over the years has been his reluctance to embrace that alpha-male mentality that goes along with being a true star. Kansas needed him to be a primary scorer, and so while there was some pressure, there was also patience as he gradually asserted himself more during the course of the year.
The dynamics would have been different at Kentucky, where he would have come in with bolder personalities such as Julius Randle and the Harrison twins. Would that have reaffirmed Wiggins’ tendency to defer, or motivated him to defend his territory right away? There’s no way of knowing, but it certainly would have been interesting to find out, especially for those NBA executives who spent the year trying to project Wiggins’ future.
I think having Wiggins on the team last season would have meant too many cooks in the kitchen, but I wonder if it’s a question Wiggins has asked himself. Considering he was the number one pick in last year’s draft, I really doubt it.