Better them than UNC.
This still doesn't make KU a title contender, IMO. They lost their top 5 scorers.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
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.
Archie Goodwin isnt having a very good showing at the NBA combine. I read the other day where one scout said he notices Archie "falls down alot". Ya think....
Then today this tweet :
Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress
Archie Goodwin and B.J. Young having a mini-competition for who can look like a worse shooter. Air-balling shots left and right. #nbacombine
As for UK, definitely one of the most polarizing players I've ever witnessed. Reminds me of Rondo when it comes to fan treatment.
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I don't really agree that he's ever gonna be considered one of the better players of the Cal era either. That's an impressive list and Archie has many more holes in his game than a broken J, even though his J is certainly broke.
But yeah, I'd be more likely to be a Daniel Orton fan before Archie Goodwin, but Goodwin strikes me as a player who will finally get it when his back is pushed up against a wall in the D-League. Cal didn't get through to him, but being in a do or die situation will probably wake him up.
With all the talent UK has coming in, I think some of the experience coming back will be crucial.
I really enjoyed reading this on the summer games with Poythress/Randle:
The story this summer has been the epic battles between Julius Randle and Alex Poythress. A couple of folks familiar with the games (and as Hawkins noted to the Courier Journal) have told me that the battle between Poythress and Randle in practices and games has been special indeed. As one source told me, “these guys are bringing out the best in each other. Alex has stepped his game up so much, I think because he knows he has to in order to stay with Julius. And when Alex wants to, he can guard anyone and it is making Julius work as well. Both are really bringing it.”
I really expected it a couple of months ago when rumors involving Gonzaga started. I figured now after all the initial talk, he would stay.