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Monday, May 6, 2013

Analyst: Nobody knows Andrew Wiggins’ pick

Kansas recruit Andrew Wiggins watches from behind the bench during the second half, Monday, March 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas recruit Andrew Wiggins watches from behind the bench during the second half, Monday, March 4, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Paul Biancardi, who is ESPN.com’s director of basketball recruiting, professes no inside knowledge into the decision-making process of Andrew Wiggins, the country’s No. 1 high school prospect who has a final list of Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State.

“I have no idea where he is going to go. I will tell you that everybody who is recruiting him thinks the other guy is getting him. Nobody feels comfortable that they are getting him. It’s because he keeps everything so close to himself,” Biancardi said Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

The former Wright State head coach spent the weekend coaching at Bill Self’s Fantasy Basketball Experience.

“I think he’s shut it down,” Biancardi added of Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Huntington (W. Va.) Prep. “Nobody really knows where they are standing.”

Wiggins has yet to report when he will sign and how he will announce. The last day of the spring signing period is May 15.

“It’s never been expressed,” Biancardi said of Wiggins possibly wanting to announce on ESPN. “He isn’t talking to anybody. That could change at the last minute, or he could just put it on Twitter like everyone else.”

Biancardi’s team went winless at Self’s camp for players 35 and older.

“We didn’t win any games, but the moral of the story is Dino Gaudio didn’t win any games last year (at camp), and he’s cutting down the nets. So my prediction is I’ll come back and be the champ next year,” Biancardi said with a smile.

Former Wake Forest coach Gaudio’s Team Vaughn, which was assisted by KU freshmen Andrew White and Landen Lucas, did indeed go undefeated and win the title. After the final game, there was a net-cutting ceremony with “One Shining Moment” playing on the Allen Fieldhouse PA system.

“It was a phenomenal 21⁄2 days with intense competitiveness, camaraderie between players and coaches. It’s the perfect world for everybody,” Biancardi said.

No comment: KU coach Self said at his camp on Sunday he had “no comment” regarding any aspects of the USA Today story in which Ben McLemore’s AAU coach, Darius Cobb, said he was paid $10,000 and travel expenses from a middleman, who allegedly represented agents and financial advisers this past season.

According to Cobb, the middle man, Rodney Blackstock, also paid for a birthday bowling party for McLemore and hotel rooms for some of the party attendees.

Cobb said McLemore knew “little to none” about the middleman’s financial involvement in the player’s life.

McLemore’s amateur status may be at risk because of payments Cobb said he accepted from Blackstock. An athlete’s family members, friends and coaches cannot accept money or gifts from agents or anyone working for them. An agent now is listed as anyone who “seeks to obtain any type of financial gain or benefit from securing a prospective student-athlete’s enrollment at an educational institution or from a student-athlete’s potential earnings as a professional athlete.”

Cobb also said he helped the family financially by paying bills and buying McLemore clothes and food.

If the NCAA deemed McLemore violated his amateur status, KU could forfeit the games in which he played a year ago.

In response to the story, ESPN’s Dick Vitale tweeted: “This is the SICKNESS that exists & causes nightmares 4 coaches — hustlers — Hoops needs a CZAR!”

CBSsports.com’s Gregg Doyel wrote ... “This is the case of Ben McLemore and the leeches around him, a list that is long but apparently includes his former AAU coach, a runner, an agent, a marketing rep and maybe more.

“Notice the parties I left out. I left out Kansas. I left out Kansas coach Bill Self. And I left out the NCAA. Unless more information comes out — information that implicates Kansas or Self or anyone on his staff — the NCAA should heed the final sentence of my first paragraph ... and sit this one out.”

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nuleafjhawk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Analyst: Nobody knows Andrew Wiggins’ pick

And as of right this minute, there is one less who cares.

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Steven Mathew 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Here's a question:

By SOME chance KU is affected by the McLemore situation and the wins are taken away from KU, does this mean the streak of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances comes to an end?

P.S. Also Big 12 championship streak?

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noey4short 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I ran into Max Falkenstein at HyVee and was shooting the breeze with him. He said that the coaches all think Florida State (parents both have ties), so I'm going to go with the local legend. He may just have some sort of "inside track."

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Michael Luby 11 months, 2 weeks ago

No way Wiggins is coming to KU. Zero chance. None.

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William Blake 11 months, 2 weeks ago

"Analyst: Nobody knows Andrew Wiggins’ pick"

My guess would fall somewhere between Kent State and Kettering.

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jaybate 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Coach Self appears to take this situation seriously enough to issue a no comment.

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Scott MacWilliams 11 months, 2 weeks ago

On Wiggins: “I have no idea where he is going to go. I will tell you that everybody who is recruiting him thinks the other guy is getting him. Nobody feels comfortable that they are getting him. It’s because he keeps everything so close to himself,” Biancardi said Sunday in Allen Fieldhouse.

Okay, so why is still news??? He's going to go somewhere. We'll all be fine. Let's move on.

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HAWKS1 11 months, 2 weeks ago

At first glance, the photo does appear to show total disinterest by the Wiggins family. However, if you expand the photo and look at the true Jayhawk fans around them, you will see they are all totally disinterested too!! This pic was probably snapped late in the halftime before the teams return to the court when EVERYONE is bored and waiting for the game to resume. Just a thought. Don't read too much in the Wiggins family shot. :)

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Stephan123 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Disappointing that factors outside the athletic departments control can cast ephemeral yet unsavory shadows on the KU basketball program. But the program is bigger than this minor bump in the road and train will keep on rollin'. The UK-KU program contrast is much like the fable of the tortoise and the hare. KU is the tortoise that makes steady progress using a proven method while the hare is UK that, as demonstrated in the 2012 season, is overconfident and lacks the vision beyond its own, selfish, immediate needs to say diligent.

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Kevin Huffman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

So - does a compliance crew now have to additionally hire private investigators to monitor ex-coaches & distant relatives?!?!?! Can universities REALLY afford this?!?!?! :(

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AsadZ 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Story on Ben is a bad news for KU IMO and it would come down to the birthday party.

I wish someone had raised a red flag on how can a family who is struggling with meeting common day essentials afford such a birthday party.

I hope no one associated with the athletic department and in particular KU's basketball program (coaching staff, managers etc) was at that party.

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jaybate 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Hypothesis: a highly sought after OAD waits a long time to sign in order to:

a) max his brand recognition so that;

b) his wholesale agent can set up and operate a long term auction for the player among;

c) the retail agents seeking to represent the player after his season in D1 in negotiations with;

d) an NBA franchise and firms seeking endorsement deals.

The length of the auction is driven by how long the counter bidding continues with the only time limit being the last moment the player can enroll and be declared eligible to play.

Highest retail agent bidder wins the player and then player and family selects from a short list of coaches/universities acceptable to retail agent.

It's all a hypothesis, of course.

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JakeBarnes 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Is there a deadline a player must meet to be eligible to play college ball next season? I would think the NCAA snoops would need time to check his academic background.

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Tony Bandle 11 months, 2 weeks ago

My only thought is that Andrew, though he wants an NC, even more so, he wants to be prepared for the NBA grind. Kansas has the best strength facility, the best strength coach and the best documented strength program results of any of the four schools...by far.

Despite every indication he is Kentucky-bound, despite the negativity of the BenMac situation, despite the sure-fire opportunities in Chapel Hill, despite the strong familiy ties of FSU, I think Andrew will shock the world and actually become a Jayhawk.

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Joe Baker 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I've heard nothing but speculation...motion to file for a mistrial and dismiss this little scam by some two-bit hustler coach. The NCAA does the right thing, absolutely nothing. This was over the minute it broke. Sorry haters, move on, nothing here.

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Ted Hume 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The Ben story is bad, because of the timing, because of streak, on many fronts, but it's true that the coach and school had zero involvement or knowledge of any of it (hopefully). Likely scenario is Ben signs his contract and his family and that sleezeball AAU coach make full restitution for all impermissible benefits; KU has to forfeit the victories from Jan. on (sorry everyone- the streak is over) and that's the end of it. No other penalties in terms of loosing scholarships or post-season eligibility, and really no further damage down the road. I'm sure that Self's team is analyzing every NCAA situation remotely similar to this one and assuring any recruits (Wiggins) that there will be no damage beyond no longer being the official defending league champs. Enjoy this one K-State, it'll be decades before the next one comes your way.

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rickydick 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Wiggins will shock everybody and go to WSU. Where Andrew Wiggins will lead his brother Nick,now a probable starter for next years WSU team to play for the National Championship in 2014. Then NBA & $$$$$$!

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Janet Olin 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Wiggins is not coming to KU. KU-interested players look and act interested, not like that photo from Late Night, and they don't grandstand like this (or Randle). Don't need it. Over it. Next.

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KGphoto 11 months, 2 weeks ago

"I will tell you that everybody who is recruiting him thinks the other guy is getting him”

Except Cal. Everybody who is recruiting him thinks Cal is getting him. And Cal thinks Cal is getting him. And everybody who isn’t recruiting Wiggins, thinks Cal is getting him. I’m sure WWW thinks Cal is getting him. Is there ANY reason to believe Cal isn’t getting this one too?

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pepper_bar 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Ironic that Wiggins and McLemore are being covered in the same column here. McLemore is a cautionary tale about the risks associated with OAD-type NBA prospects.

Self should withdraw the offer to Wiggins and start focusing on coaching up the guys who appreciate the opportunity to be in Lawrence.

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KemDooKU 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Everyone needs to stop Wiggin out bouts Wiggy - he just a little bit of hair in the whole Wig of things - I like blonde Wigs but he color is black - but I ain't Wiggins out bout it-

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Kent Wells 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Wiggins: We have AAU hook ups and fat stacks for the whole family.

I think this is all that appeals to OADs - the demise of colege hoops. At least that is my mood today.

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Michael Pannacciulli 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Over Wiggins.

This Ben story is exactly what Bill warned him about at the presser announcing his intent to declare. Bill said he was almost too nice. This is not Ben's fault but there are jackals at his door, ignorant ones, wearing masks of friends and mentors. I feel the same way now as I did when this first broke and that is that this is also going to affect KU too somehow. Dickie V is right and he too knows this is going to bite KU is the arse. Shame. Annoys me to no end.

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Jason Keller 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I think it's strange that no one ever mention's Wiggins' older brother as part of our recruiting pitch. He is about to play his senior season 2 hours from Lawrence. When you consider that it simply doesn't matter where Andrew goes to school, one would think that proximity to his brother would be important to him and his parents.

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mwmilsted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Agree with you. It doesn't look like he wants to attend college. He leaves a lot to be desired with his lack of team spirit and inability to commit. I think he will be a cancer to any team. I hope HCBS can find a suitable transfer to back up Ellis and that should be enough.

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BringBackMark 11 months, 2 weeks ago

He obviously has no interest in attending a college. Aren't there other options for him to play somewhere for a year before he becomes the next NBA super star? This drives me nuts seeing everyone clenching teeth over this kid after what we're now seeing with the BMAC situation. If we get him and don't win a national championship he will only have taken away time from some of our other outstanding talent.

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Gerry Butler 11 months, 2 weeks ago

this whole thing with Ben signed, sealed, and delivered, wiggins to Kentucky the reason? because you know the reason? all the big blueblood leeches in lexington will be making any and all contact they can with wiggins texts on his cell, tweets, whatever means they need the boosters callin in favors, the whole jest is gonna play out something to this effect. hey buddy why would you want to go to kansas, when there is a very good possibility they might not even be able to go to the NCAA tourney next year, which will limit your exposure showin you talents playing against some of the best players in the nation in the tourney? thats exactly what they will do. they are gonna say why take that chance when you can come play with the big boys our ketucky elite team, would love to have him here but we will survive either way with or without him, the thing i see as alot of others he knows where he is going. leads you to bekieve he has to be the center of attention wants all the attention, does that fit into the KU system how would he fit in? would he take away from the other players at ku? would he mesh with the other players. no matter what you think we DO HAVE some pretty damm good players coming that will work just fine GO HAWKS

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KUFan90 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Problem is that same logic applied to Randle and look where that got us.

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Ian Emerson 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Why go to FSU? They cant prepare you for the pros like the elite staff at KU can. Why go to Kentucky? Why go to a team you wont be the centerpiece at being the #1 pick. Why go to UNC? The team they have will not be as good as KU has. Coming to KU means you have a mix of all 3 of these things. You will be the centerpiece, you will work with the best strength coach in the county and you will play with the 2nd best recruiting class in the county. Not too mention the talent we already have. Its just the logical choice, Spock would tell you so.

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ahpersecoachingexperience 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Nobody know where he's going but could he please tell us what the freaking holdup is!

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