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Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent

Posted on: March 5, 2010 8:41 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2010 9:30 pm
 

William Wesley, better known in basketball circles as "World Wide Wes," is close to officially becoming an agent who will represent NBA and college coaches, Seth Davis of CBS Sports and SI.com reported Friday. According to the report, Wesley will join Creative Artists Agency, a company whose list of clients include two people with whom Wesley has long been closely associated -- namely Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Kentucky coach John Calipari.

Wesley declined comment when reached by CBSSports.com late Friday.

A New Jersey native who now lives in Detroit, Wesley formed a friendship with Milt Wagner while in high school and has been developing high-profile relationships ever since, all of which have helped him earn a reputation as one of the most powerful men in basketball. Wesley is tight with everybody from Michael Jordan to Jay Z; it's been that way for decades. But Wesley has still mostly operated behind the scenes until recently, when his presence at events started becoming newsworthy for traditional journalists and bloggers alike.

Now Wesley will be out front and in the spotlight.

He'll almost certainly change the business, one way or another.

(Click this link to read an extensive GQ article about Wesley published in 2007.)
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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:37 am
 

Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent

If this was my team, I wouldn't be happy about this at all.  This man has connections to just about everyone of Cal's recruits.  Now, he's an agent?  If there wasn't enough red flags, now, they have multiplied.  I'd be a little cautious about what is going to happen next, especially if the entire KY team signs with him.  



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 9:22 am
 

Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent

You are stupid



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 8:54 am
 

Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent

WWW has been in the shadows for years, but now he is stepping out......why?  Could it be because Wall and Cousins are 1& 2 in the next draft.......he will be their agent?  Lebron has a new contract?  Cal is moving to the Nets or will be asking for more money?  Yes....to all of the above.  The shadiest guy in sports is making his move.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 7:32 am
 

Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent

After delivering players to Calipari for the last ten years, the departure of World Wide Wes from the college basketball scene is going to have a dramatic effect, especially in Lexington (and not in a good way). 

Wesley was the key ingredient behind Cal's ability to bring NBA caliber players to Memphis within days of his arrival,  as well as in Lexington, when World Wide Wes landed Wall, Cousins, and Bledsoe during the late signing period to transform Kentucky's talent level from a joke (except for Patterson) to a contender for the national championship almost overnight.

I don't think there is any doubt it has helped Cal in the past... but I think he has proven what he can do with players to get them ready to go to the next level that it won't matter all that much.

To be honest, as a UK fan, I am sort of happy about this.... it takes away the WWW factor that you constantly hear about, and gets it out into the open. Everyone said he was an agent in the past, now he officially will be, so that should make it pretty black and white as far as what you can and can't do.



Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 4:04 am
 

Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent


Until this news became public knowledge, most Kentucky fans were totally confident that World Wes Wide would be able to land as many as four of the top six remaining high school seniors that have still not signed with anyone yet, in order to replace the previously mentioned one and done hired guns, in addition to Patterson.

Now, it appears that Kentucky will be fortunate to sign two out of those six. Time will tell. However, the one thing you can take to the bank is that Wall, Cousins, and Bledsoe will soon be part of the Creative Artists Agency family.
Every college basketball player, and high school one for that matter is well aware of the connection between Cal and WWW though at this point.  Regardless of whether he's an agent or not.  I doubt that WWW needs to have anything to do with recuiting anymore for them to connect the dots.
I'm not saying that it's fair or that it's 100% in accordance to the rules, but they'll still be able to land the recruits that they would have because in the end, they know the WWW will be there to be their agent once they're done with college ball. 
As long as Cal is a part of the UK system, you'll see many UK players that will be a part of CAA.





Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 2:48 am
 

Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent


After delivering players to Calipari for the last ten years, the departure of World Wide Wes from the college basketball scene is going to have a dramatic effect, especially in Lexington (and not in a good way). 

Wesley was the key ingredient behind Cal's ability to bring NBA caliber players to Memphis within days of his arrival,  as well as in Lexington, when World Wide Wes landed Wall, Cousins, and Bledsoe during the late signing period to transform Kentucky's talent level from a joke (except for Patterson) to a contender for the national championship almost overnight.
 
Until this news became public knowledge, most Kentucky fans were totally confident that World Wes Wide would be able to land as many as four of the top six remaining high school seniors that have still not signed with anyone yet, in order to replace the previously mentioned one and done hired guns, in addition to Patterson.

Now, it appears that Kentucky will be fortunate to sign two out of those six. Time will tell. However, the one thing you can take to the bank is that Wall, Cousins, and Bledsoe will soon be part of the Creative Artists Agency family.



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2010 11:30 pm
 

Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent

Worldwide Wes has long been basketball's biggest underground lobbyist who it seems has now found his way into political office.

"Political office?"  Really?  Did you even read your response before you hit "Submit?"  He's going to work with an agency.  He's not running for governor.  I seriously have no idea what that could even mean.  (Mumbling to self)

Not that hard to comprehehnd the comparison. I'm not sure he knows what a lobbyist is. Ahhh, stupid people make me laugh....



Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2010 11:09 pm
 

Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent

Worldwide Wes has long been basketball's biggest underground lobbyist who it seems has now found his way into political office.

"Political office?"  Really?  Did you even read your response before you hit "Submit?"  He's going to work with an agency.  He's not running for governor.  I seriously have no idea what that could even mean.  (Mumbling to self)

I'm also interested in how this affects his work behind the scenes for Calipari.  If he (Wes) wasn't doing much with regards to talking to the players, it won't hurt that bad.  Obviously since his role will be more public he & Coach Cal won't be brazenly flaunting the rules and having him talk with recruits.  I'm no recruiting guru, but I imagine by this point in his career Calipari can get recruits well enough off his own reputation.  He's about to start delivering guys to the NBA faster than they can take them!



Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2010 10:59 pm
 

Report: "World Wide Wes" to become agent

Worldwide Wes has long been basketball's biggest underground lobbyist who it seems has now found his way into political office.  It's only a matter of time till scandals pop up once someone starts following the money. 


Matt76
Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2010 10:08 pm
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