Not 24 hours after the Kentucky Wildcats suffered what may have been the most embarrassing loss in the history of the program, being upset by the Robert Morris Colonials in the opening round of the NIT, head coach John Calipari took a bit of the heat off himself.
Earlier today, the Wildcats locked up the second-ranked high school prospect in the country, 6-foot-9 forward Julius Randle. The signing just adds to an already impressive incoming 2013 class, which already includes highly-coveted twin guards, Aaron and Andrew Harrison.
After that horrible loss last night, things are looking up for Big Blue Nation after today’s signing of Randle. But, did today’s event also happen to help a certain school in Tallahassee, Florida? It indeed may have.
The signing of Randle leaves the No. 1 recruit in the nation, 6-foot-7 small forward Andrew Wiggins, as the the most notable un-committed player in the country. The Huntington Prep, West Virginia star reportedly has the Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, North Carolina Tar Heels, and the dark-horse Florida State Seminoles on his short list of schools he would like to take his talents to.
However, you see, the Florida State Seminoles aren’t as big of a dark-horse as people might think.
While the public list does include all four schools mentioned above, it’s been reported that Wiggins may actually be down to just Kentucky and FSU. Wiggins made a visit to Tallahassee back in early December, witnessing the ‘Noles suffer a blowout loss to the rival Florida Gators 72-47.
It may just be usual hype, but Wiggins is one of the most heralded recruits to come through in years. After a down year, the ‘Noles landing such a stud like Andrew Wiggins could put them right back to where they need to be. They still are only one year removed from being the ACC Champions.
An already-stacked Kentucky lineup could actually deter someone with the talent Wiggins possesses. Attending FSU and helping them climb back to the top of the ACC mountain could be more beneficial to the young man in the long run. An impressive year with the ‘Noles being the lead guy could garner a lot more attention than being just a piece of the UK power puzzle.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, it also helps Florida State that they have already secured a commitment from Wiggins’ teammate (and four-star recruit) SG Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
Mayes has been heavily helping the recruiting process, and Wiggins could see having a teammate he’s already comfortable with being beneficial to his on the court success. It certainly helps having someone with you that you already have chemistry with in your first year of college.
Time will soon tell where Wiggins lands, but I would have to imagine that Kentucky stuffing Rupp Arena with top-notch talent for next season may just help Andrew Wiggins find a home at the Tucker Center in Tallahassee, Florida.