Originally Posted by WMR
Better them than UNC.
This still doesn't make KU a title contender, IMO. They lost their top 5 scorers.
It actually does, although I would probably rank them 4th or 5th. They are replacing those scorers with Joel Embiid, the top center prospect in the nation, another wing in Wayne Selden, and that Wiggins guy everybody is talking about. The only thing I see as a weakness is at PG, as Kansas is loaded with wings and have Embiid in the middle.
But I do agree. I would have hated to have seen Kentucky played against UNC in Chapel Hill with Wiggins in the fray. They have a better supporting cast than KU, but given Ole Roy's track record of developing NBA prospects (Harrison Barnes), can't say I blame Wiggins. Not to mention constantly hearing ESPN bombard us with Andrew Wiggins vs Jabari Parker all season long.
In all honesty, I think Kansas was the compromise choice for these reasons:
UK: Playing for Cal would have taken away the spotlight as well as possible minutes sharing them with the logjam Kentucky would have had with the wings. His parents knew this and I think Wiggins did as well. I think Kentucky likely would have had the number one overall pick next season, but it could be Andrew Harrison or Julius Randle, and still very well could be.
FSU: Would have been the favorite with his parents graduating from there. However, Wiggins would have had no supporting cast and while he would have gotten a lot of touches would have been double and triple teamed all night.
UNC: Family in the area and has a better supporting cast than KU, but as mentioned above, Roy Williams track record of developing NBA recruits leaves a lot to be desired. Not to mention, Wiggins has been not wanting to disappoint anyone and would have had to make a trip to the jilted lover in Florida State.
Enter Kansas: A solid recruiting class with a solid supporting cast. No return trips to UNC or Florida State, no being "the guy" who has to do everything and no competition for playing time at Kentucky.
Originally Posted by New York Red
Am I the only UK fan/alum who doesn't care? I'm not a fan of the OAD, so one less doesn't bother me. I miss the old days, and it has nothing to do with Wiggins.
I've kinda been indifferent for awhile. Wiggins IMO was the difference between a National Championship contender and running the table. It was icing on an already delicious cake if Wiggins would have committed, but with Poythress coming back, Wiggins wasn't a necessity. I really don't think the other players were recruiting Wiggins very hard as well, knowing he would take minutes away from James Young and Aaron Harrison.