What they are writing about Andrew Wiggins

(Charlotte Observer photo)

(Charlotte Observer photo)

What they are writing about Andrew Wiggins:

Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News and Observer: “In an era when the shenanigans surrounding recruits announcing where they’ll attend college has become the latest athletic arms race – Parker, a power forward from Georgia, declared he would attend UCLA last spring with an hourlong ceremony that shamed the unveiling of the Oscar nominations – Wiggins’ decision to keep his decision simple is a refreshing change. Especially because if there was ever a high school kid who was justified making a big deal about his college decision, it’s Wiggins.”

Scott Gleeson of USA Today: “With or without Wiggins, coach John Calipari’s recruiting class is already one of the best ever. Having seven McDonald’s All-Americans on one roster might create an offensive logjam, but Wiggins’ arrival would surely make Kentucky a national title favorite. “If Kentucky gets Wiggins, that team might as well sign up for an NBA application,” Vitale suggests. “Are you serious?”

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports: Between the two events is a 34-year span in which you can argue no sport changed as much as college basketball. The connective thread between those two announcements is Leonard Hamilton. In May 1979, Hamilton was the assistant coach at Kentucky who had his heart broken when the most celebrated prospect of his time, Ralph Sampson, stood behind a microphone in Harrisonburg and gave a half-hearted commitment to his home-state school.”

Gary Bedore of Lawrence Journal-World: “Wiggins, a soft-spoken 6-foot-7 senior forward, told his high school coach, Rob Fulford, he wanted no lavish news conference, just an announcement before family and classmates and the one member of the press who regularly covers the team for the local paper. Florida State opened the day Monday as the popular choice of various media members. As the day progressed, KU gained steam as perhaps being a front-runner for Wiggins, who has been called the most-hyped recruit since LeBron James.”

Rick Bozich of WDRB: “After checking with multiple basketball sources, I readjusted my forecast percentages at 5:45 p.m. Monday. When it comes to Andrew Wiggins, I’m being just as indecisive as Andrew Wiggins. I’ve changed my mind from Kentucky to Kansas to Florida State — in only six hours. None of the analysts and coaches that I interviewed Monday picked Kentucky or North Carolina. Florida State has emerged as a consensus pick, although one coach told me not to count out Kansas. Even ESPN’s Dick Vitale said that he thought that Florida State was the team to beat — and if Vitale thought John Calipari was the guy to beat, he would say so.”

 

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