[Moderated by Matt Jones]
That’s a good look for him
For those of you who live under a rock, Pete Thamel is the most hated sports journalist by Kentucky fans by a country mile. It may seem a little strange to dedicate the recruiting notes to an enemy of Kentucky, but Thamel’s most recent article on Andrew Wiggins was not exactly well-received by the number one recruit in the nation. Apparently, Wiggins does not appreciate Thamel implying that he fears the spotlight and leans towards attending Florida State. Wiggins rarely tweets, but he was upset enough about Thamel’s typical literary garbage to say:
Don’t believe everything you hear, don’t believe everything you read!!
— andrew wiggins (@22wiggins) February 7, 2013
Wiggins did not take his anger out on social media as much as he took it out on the rim tonight. Wiggins went into complete video-game mode to score 57 points on 24/28 shooting along with 13 rebounds. The other team scored 59 points. I can’t stress how essential the addition of Wiggins is for the 2013 class. He is a once in a decade player who would absolutely solidify this class as the best recruiting class of all time (Move over Fab Five).
UK commit James Young followed in Wiggins’ footsteps with the unreal stat line. Young threw down 43 points and 22 rebounds. You would be tough to find another guard in the country who can rebound like Young. He will cause all types of problems for other shooting guards trying to guard him with his size and nose for the offensive rebound. Although not from his game tonight, Young posterized some poor Michigan lad the other night. While the person did not turn the camera on to catch his full take-off, you can get the idea of how Young can fly.
As for my personal favorite Marcus Lee, he has been getting praised by recruiting analysts recently for his tremendous passing. Close your eyes as you imagine Lee dishing the ball off to a cutting Harrison Twin for a nasty dunk. Open your eyes as you realize how realistic another banner is with this future team. Lee also did a segment with the Bay Area’s Comcast affiliate where his daily life is highlighted. Check it out here
Finally, the race for Naismith High School Player of the Year is about to get very interesting. Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, and Andrew Wiggins are the finalists for the prestigious award. Wiggins seems like the clear candidate by the eye-test because his 100% level of play is on another planet compared to the rest of high school basketball. Aaron Gordon makes a strong case because his averages are the best in the nation while playing with a supporting cast that is inferior to the other two prospects. Jabari is a very nice young man, but I’ll end my compliments there because he chose to attend that awful school in North Carolina that I will not name.
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