The last and most coveted piece of the 2013 recruiting class cancelled his in-home visits this morning with UNC, Kansas, and FSU. Andrew Wiggins is fresh off of playing for the World in the Hoops Summit was scheduled to meet with those three college coaches today through Wednesday. Wiggins final four schools are FSU, Kansas, Kentucky, and North Carolina.
Before you over think this, Andrew's coach Rob Fulford told reporters that his star player is drained from the all star games. Andrew is also still in Oregon after two of his flights got cancelled. No decision or timetable for a decision has been given. It is just the story of an exhausted player.
Zagsblog.com reports that all of the visits will now be conducted via telephone. Below are some quotes from Adam Zagoria's article on Zagsblog.com.
After playing in the Hoop Summit Saturday night, Wiggins told reporters he was looking forward to taking a break.
“I’m looking forward to shutting down for a couple of days, getting some rest, getting some ‘me’ time and just chilling with my friends and cherish the last few days I have of summer before it all gets crazy,” he told David Grange. “I’ve been travelling for like three weeks straight so I’m just looking forward to being able to relax and watch TV for hours for hours and lay in my bed for hours and just be me.”
Kentucky's roster for the 2013-2014 season began to take shape today. Freshman guard Archie Goodwin announced today his intentions to declare for the upcoming NBA draft. Goodwin hopes to join the ranks of Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, Marquis Teague, and Brandon Knight as being the latest UK guards being picked in the first round. Archie led the Cats in scoring this season at 14.1 per game.
Two other players announced their future plans for the upcoming season. Sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer and freshman ford Willie Cauley-Stein announced that they would be staying for another season in Lexington. They duo will provide leadership for John Calipari's stellar class that is already being considered as the best recruiting class of all time.
Coach Cal and the players discussed the decisions made in this latest article at Kentucky.com. You can read some excerpts below. Also you can talk about Archie's, Kyle's, and Wille's decision in this thread on the TBK Hoops Board.
"I will stay in Lexington to finish my schoolwork this semester before continuing to pursue my dream," Goodwin said. "I've loved my time at UK and want to thank Coach Cal, the staff and my teammates for helping me get where I am. I especially want to thank the Big Blue Nation for all their support."
"Although I really wanted Archie to return for his sophomore season, I fully support him choosing to pursue his dreams. He has the drive and desire to be great, and I will continue to do everything I can to make sure he succeeds in life both on and off the court.
"I'm excited that Willie and Kyle have decided to return for next season," Calipari said in a prepared news release. "When we talk about a players-first program, our goal is for each player to reach his
It would be a huge understatement to say that Kentucky basketball has had better seasons. Last night's first round NIT loss to Robert Morris just piled on to what was already a difficult season. Yet all hope is not gone. The sun still came up today and some BIG changes could happen today.
Julius Randle will make his college choice today between Kentucky, Kansas, and Texas. The top ranked PF in the 2013 class will annouce his college destination at 1:00 pm ET. Randle is the 2nd ranked player in the 2013 class by Rivals.com. He is also a McDonald's All-American.
Julius could join a class that consists of James Young, the Harrison Twins, Dakari Johnson, and Marcus Lee. A Randle commitment would be huge and would hopefully make you forget about the last few days.
You can talk about his decision on the TBK Hoops board.
Kentucky’s new football coach Mark Stoops knows about defense having developed some of the best defenses in the nation in his time as a DC. He also knows that a strong defense starts with a powerful and athletic defensive line. KY’s recent signing class included plenty of talented kids that should make significant contributions during their time at KY.
Za’Darius Smith 6’6 250lbs, 4 Stars
What’s to like: Smith has legit SEC size and speed, which is something KY, has lacked at DE since J. Jarmon played his last game. Smith is a tantalizing talent that is still a ways from reaching his full potential. Smith is a Juco kid who didn’t start playing football well into his HS career. Already he warrants consideration as the best Juco DE in the nation and his best football is ahead of him.
When will he play? It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Smith doesn’t start from day one barring an unfortunate injury or academic setback. He will have the benefit of going through spring camp and I suspect he will quickly secure his place as one of our starting DEs.
Jason Hatcher 6’2 235lbs, 4 Stars
What’s to like: What’s not to like. The 4 star DE became only the second Army AA signed by KY and he is the first kid KY has landed from Louisville Trinity in 15 years. A shocking recruitment that will go down as one of the largest upsets of all time and a resounding shot from Stoops that KY has the opportunity to become a major recruiting force. Hatcher is a little light for an SEC DE but he makes up for it with a blazing first step and relentless pursuit skills.
When will he play? There is little question that Hatcher will play next year. But the better question is where. No doubt he will be put in a position to rush the QB on passing downs but its possible he could play LB or a combination LB/DE. Either way he is a tremendous talent and the type of player you need to win in the SEC.
KY added some exciting playmakers to the offensive backfield with two top backs from FL and a new QB who is already on campus so he can participate in spring practice.
JoJo Kemp 5’10 190, 4 Stars
What’s to like: Kemp is an exciting back with tremendous acceleration. He has the ability to explode through the line and with sub 4.4 speed he can make things happen when he is in the open field. Gifted with great vision, power and balance, Kemp is the total package for a back and can run inside or out. The fact that he also has great hands makes him ideally suited for the new offense.
When will he play? KY has some experienced backs but none really have Kemp’s package of skills. It will be hard to keep him off the field and its possible he could even start. At the very least he will play a good bit and if there is one position where you can make an immediate contribution as a FR, its RB. Kemp is a potential star in the making.
Khalid Thomas 5’10 175, High 3 Star
What’s to like: Thomas is a versatile athlete that could also play WR or DB but he is truly a gifted playmaker. In space he can make defenders look foolish. Good speed but his quickness and shiftiness are what set him apart. Thomas is another FL All State performer who has played against really good competition.
When will he play? Thomas could get on the field as a true FR but likely he will redshirt. KY has some depth at RB and that is probably where he will play although if coaches want him at WR or CB its possible he sees the field even sooner. Either way, he is a talented kid that some seem to have forgotten about since he committed so early.
The WR position was in need of a dramatic influx of talent and new offensive coordinator Neal Brown landed a number of highly regarded prospects to incorporate into his new Air Raid scheme. Highlighted by a couple of 4 star prospects the new WR corps should be a welcome addition this fall.
Javess Blue 6’1 195, 4 Stars
What’s to like: Blue brings a great combination of speed and power along with some experience from his two years in Juco. He has the flexibility to play any WR position but expect him to play the majority of time on the outside. Chad Scott recruited Blue out of HS and has had a long-standing relationship with this outstanding athlete.
When will he play? No doubt about it, Blue was recruited to play right away and likely start. The Air Raid offense isn’t complex to learn so while adjusting to the new level of competition usually takes time, I don’t think he will take as long as some of the other Juco kids we have had in the past to contribute.