analyst talks about Wiggins, UK recruiting

 Posted by at 7:25 PM on October 25, 2012
Oct 252012

Andrew Wiggins is the No. 1 player in high school basketball, and UK is high on his list.
Thomas Slusser | Virginian-Pilot recruiting analyst Evan Daniels talked to the Herald-Leader on Thursday about Andrew Wiggins’ decision to reclassify to 2013. Click here for the full story on Wiggins’ announcement.

And here are some more interesting observations from Daniels regarding high school basketball’s best player and where he might end up.

Daniels says UK and FSU lead. Does anyone else have a shot? 

“He seems fairly sincere when he said he wanted to be recruited (by more schools). I think North Carolina could be the wild card in this one. They have actually been recruiting him for a little while, but they haven’t ramped it up. They didn’t know what class he was going to be in. They didn’t know how serious he was about them. I think they had a really strong meeting with him on Tuesday and I think North Carolina is going to give him the full pitch. … But until we see some movement on that end, I think you have to say that Kentucky and Florida State are the co-favorites.”

Daniels on the strength of 2013’s elite players:

“Those first ten guys are in a group of their own. James Young is a really, really good prospect and he’s down to No. 10. Julius Randle is the No. 5 player in the country? That’s scary to think about.”

Daniels on Wiggins’ perceived weakness:

“Everyone says one of his weaknesses is his strength. Well, his strength looked pretty good when he played Julius Randle. Which is kind of scary to think about, because I don’t think his body is fully developed. I’m not saying he’s going to get taller, but he’s going to get a lot stronger.”

Daniels on watching Wiggins in person:

“I’ll say this: I don’t pay to go watch high school basketball games, but I would pay to watch Andrew Wiggins any day of the week.”

Daniels on the power of John Calipari and UK recruiting:

“Other schools are certainly afraid of Kentucky. What else can they do? They consistently bring in the top class in America. They have a weekly infomercial on ESPN. Drake and Jay-Z are regulars at Kentucky basketball games. I mean, that dude’s got a stranglehold on recruiting right now. I think a major part of recruiting is not wasting your time. And college coaches are starting to realize that if you go up against Kentucky, you’re wasting your time.”


  One Response to “ analyst talks about Wiggins, UK recruiting”

  1. There as never been anything like this, recruiting wise. I would really like to see something that looks at Woodens run as far as recruits. I know that not a lot of attention was paid to rank recruits back than nor was the infrastructure in place to do it. So, it would be hard to look at. But there has to be some kind of way to figure out the scale of this compared to that. And Cal is really, just now starting to click here in years 3 and 4 and 5.

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