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ESPN asks what would have happened if Andrew Wiggins had gone to Kentucky


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.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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27 Comments for ESPN asks what would have happened if Andrew Wiggins had gone to Kentucky

    11:25 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    I think a more interesting way to look at it would be “What if he hadn’t reclassified and came to KY for the 2014-15 season”. The only thing lacking on this team is a true small forward, he’d certainly sure up that kind-of concern.

    • ddd
      11:40 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

      WOW. didnt think of that

    • me
      12:16 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Mentioned this below but will reply to your post directly.

      What happens if Nerlens doesn’t re-classify and was on last year’s team?!

  2. Laker Cat 18
    11:28 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Wiggins wants to be a big fish in a small pond. That’s the main reason Coach Self says Wiggins wants to leave Cleveland for Minnesota. UK is the Pacific Ocean.

  3. Brando
    11:31 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    He coulda been a contender!

  4. National Champs
    11:34 am August 15, 2014 Permalink


  5. ddd
    11:40 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    james young wouldnt have a been a first round pick that’s for sure

  6. Rei
    11:44 am August 15, 2014 Permalink

    James Young and/or Aaron Harrison wouldn’t have had their breakouts in the tournament and we probably would’ve lost to UL honestly.

  7. tuxedo park
    12:07 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    i think he made the right decision going to KU and we did not suffer for it at all. Calipari is either ridiculously lucky (see Mudiay, Emmanuel) or can see into the future (see Wiggins, Andrew).

    TRUST IN CAL either way.

    • tltaworl
      12:12 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Kanter is ruled out, so you take the next best thing you have. Boom, Jorts gets drafted.
      Cal usually has a plan, Harrisons leave, no problem I got Mudiay. Oops, Mudiay is dumb, go get Ulis. This year he just has lightning in a bottle. But anything less than #9 is a dissapointment. He knows that.

    • Doncosmic
      12:44 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      See also: Muhamad, Shabazz

  8. me
    12:16 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    What a dumb article…usually when you play a “what if” game, you come to some conclusion or offer an opinion of what would have happened by the end of the article…this author just keeps adding in more “what if’s”.

    My opinion – we are working on banner #10 this year.

    At first poster (JROB)- ask the same question about Nerlens Noel, what if he hadn’t reclassified and was on LAST year’s team…wow.

  9. WhatIf
    12:26 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Hey, what if Kyle Macy wasn’t 80 years old and still had eligibility left and coulda been our pg last year and the year before? Wowwwwww.

    Jeebus H this is stupid. We play the DR in just over 30 minutes and I hope we come out for blood.

  10. UKfan
    12:32 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    What if the NCAA allowed Kentucky to play Ramsey, Hagan, and Tsioporopoulos in the tournament instead of ruling them ineligible only to have the rule change months later? UK’s only undefeated team would have gone down as one of the greatest in history and we would be talking about hanging #10.

  11. WhatIfAgain
    12:39 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    What if the Goose had not been Golden in ’78? We would being hoping for #8 this season, that’s what. Ever think of that? Huh?

    Why don’t you write an article about it. Shiaaaat.

    • UKfan
      12:49 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      What if Derek Anderson could have played in the 1997 Championship game?

      What if John Wooden had not announced his retirement before the 1975 Championship game?

      We can play this game all day long.

    • New Jack City
      2:09 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      What if WCS hadn’t been injured?

  12. Yep
    1:08 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    What if grandma had balls? Then she’d be grandpa.

    • Smartster
      1:27 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Only if they were golf balls.

  13. Sad
    1:38 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Then he would have been featured in an offense that would have allowed his talent and ability to be showcased and utilized to its fullest.

    Instead, the ‘next Lebron James’ opted to play for a coach whose offense is straight out of ‘Hoosiers’ and he scores 3 pts off of six shots in the biggest game of his career (Stanford.)

    Rock Choke!

    • New Jack City
      2:08 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      I agree 100%. Plus he would have definitely developed better under Cal.

  14. Casper
    2:37 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    What if Joe B. Hall had recruited Larry Bird to UK!!!!
    We would have a hall of fame member.
    Now we have to wait for Anthony Davis…

  15. Bobbum man
    3:47 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    What if Matt jones didn’t have giant ears an look ridiculous every time he takes a selfie with a C list celebrity? He’d prolly swing from coach k’s sac instead….

  16. blah blah blah
    4:19 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    Perhaps Kansas would have beaten the 10th seed and advanced?

    Wiggins scored 4 points in that losing effort. LOL

    • Sad
      4:57 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

      Eh, I wouldn’t blame that loss on the 18 year old, I’d blame it on the coach’s lousy game plan-Wiggins went 1/6 not 1/20. Only Bill Self could finish the season outside the top 10 with the #1 & #3 draft picks.

      Rock Choke.

  17. Bulldawg
    7:30 pm August 15, 2014 Permalink

    I am hoping that Prince and maybe Mashburn could be in the hall at some point. Davis will definitely be a shoo in if even gets close to his potential. Boogie could make it too along with a couple more. Future hall of fame will be boasting a lot of UK blue! GBB!!!

    Mrs. TT although u may be correct, I have to disagree about the cooks in the kitchen because with that mind set, how could u not be saying that about this years team? Maybe I am wrong on that just my opinion. Go Cats!!!

  18. Bullitt County UK fan
    11:39 am August 16, 2014 Permalink

    What if anthony Davis and Micheal Kidd-Gilcrest had stayed in school and were seniors this year?
    What if Mashburn had stayed one more year?
    What if Hitler hadn’t invaded russia?
    What if adam and eve hadn’t eaten the fruit?
    What if the twins had chose Maryland?
    What if Noel hadn’t got hurt?
    What if Matt Elam had chosen alabama?
    What if Bear Bryant had not left kentucky?
    What if John Wooden coached at kentucky?
    What if Chane Bohannen didn’t do weed?
    What if Edison hadn’t invented the light bulb?
    What if England won the revolutionary war?
    I could go on…