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Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

Posted on: April 19, 2010 10:01 am

I might've set a record for emails about William Wesley over the past week.

If I got one I got 100 -- one for each thing good ol' Worldwide Wes supposedly orchestrated on behalf of Kentucky in the past seven days. According to readers, he delivered recruits and met with others, and I'm half-surprised nobody's mentioned the role he almost certainly played in Sunday's 6-5 baseball win over Florida.

Wesley must've at least called pitches, right?

Honestly, it's become comical.

And just so we're clear, understand that I'm not here to tell you Wesley doesn't have influence on lots of things because, well, he does. You don't gain the reputation of being one of the most powerful men at all levels of basketball without being powerful. He's everything you think and more. But his celebrity has reached a point over the past few years where he's either blamed or credited for everything that happens, and that's just silly.

Let's take Brandon Knight, for instance.

Knight is the top point guard in the Class of 2010.

He committed to Kentucky last week.

Best I can tell from talking to people on both sides of Knight's recruitment, Wesley was uninvolved. He's never met Knight's parents and never attended one of Knight's games at Pine Crest High in Florida even though he had every reason in the world to be there considering Billy Thompson Jr was among Knight's teammates. Thompson Jr, case you didn't know, is the son of former Louisville star Billy Thompson, a Camden, N.J. native just like Wesley. They've known each other forever to the point where they're considered "family."

But Wesley never went to watch Knight and Thompson play.


Because it would've been on Twitter in a matter of minutes, and there was no sense in turning the recruitment into a spectacle because Knight was going to Kentucky no matter what. And yet you know who got credit for Knight's commitment to Kentucky, don't you? Yep, Worldwide Wes, the boogie man of basketball whose reputation has reached legendary status. Again, I'm not trying to tell you his presence hasn't aided in recruiting. All I'm trying to tell you is that he's much bigger than most realize, and he's not just out there hustling players for Calipari. For every time you've seen Wesley at a UK game, there's another time where he had dinner with Ben Howland, spent an afternoon with Mike Krzyzewski, sat with Bill Self's wife at a KU game.

Remember, he's Worldwide Wes.

Not Commonwealth of Kentucky Wes.

Anyway, I guess my message is this: Chill.

Each thing that happens at Kentucky or with Calipari is not the result of Wesley. Trying to credit or blame him for every UK player is like trying to credit or blame Osama Bin Laden for every terrorist attack. Things are more complex than that. So my advice is to chill and take a step back because though Wesley is more than most understand he's not exactly what most seem to think. I mean, if Calipari somehow ends up coaching LeBron James next season, absolutely, credit or blame Worldwide Wes. I know I will. But those who are now tying to credit or blame him for every little thing are going overboard because sometimes, if you can believe this, he's just not all that involved.

Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2010 5:34 am

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

You say fact without any proof. What fact do you have? What facts have you personally uncovered? Yeah, I thought so. Nice try though. Jealousy is a big monster that is hard to control isn't it.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2010 12:01 am

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

Thanks to all for proving the point I wanted to make, but intentionally left out in order to confirm it! That point being the only people who will defend WWW are either A. Calipari supporters, B. UK/Memphis fans, C. Both! Its also funny how UK/Memphis fans were quick to jump all over my take about "college basketball recruiting being the Most CORRUPT PRACTICE IN ALL OF SPORTS! FACT!" There's nothing in that statement that is a direct shot at UK, Memphis, or Calipari. Just a general statement about the nature of college basketball recruiting, with all the middle men, shoe contracts, and "agents in waiting" like WWW and many others who lack his notoriety. Is this really even up for debate? Fact is that big time basketball prospects have more people around them who are WAY more concerned with making their own "come up" than whats in the best interest of the kid! If cb recruiting isn't the sleaziest practice in all sports, I'd love to hear what's worse!  It's guys like "WWW" that convince vulnerable kids and their parents that its a smart move to skip your senior year of high school and play pro ball overseas! Tell me if you had a son, who happened to be a major prospect as a junior in high school, and some agent came and tried to convince him to do the same as Jeremy Tyler? Tell me you wouldn't threaten him with physical violence if ever tried to contact your son again or at the very least throw him out of your house? If not, that really says a lot more about you than it does about "WWW!" 

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2010 8:34 pm

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

Let's travel back in time to when Josh Selby de-committed from Tennessee. The rumor mill went into overdrive as many national writers were quick to point out that Wes had met with Selby's Mother and orchestrated this whole thing. In fact a writer from UT said this was the work of NIKE, and that Kentucky and Calipari were major players in this. We later found out Wes gave his Mom some pointers on her son's cocky behavior and disrespecting ways. Nothing about UK or NIKE. In fact, Kansas is an Adidias school. But then again, who is held accountable anymore for their lies and accusations n the media ?

Just read this article from Yahoo. WWW and Cal were basically tried and convicted without a single piece of evidence proving anything. (  )

Thanks Gary for stepping up when most other journalists shy away.

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 8:18 pm

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

Don't hate the player, hate the game. 
It's kind of like crying and saying Jordan sucked because he fouled a lot without it getting called.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2010 7:44 pm

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

Thank you for pointing out the fact that other coaches associate with this guy.  It's not like that will deter any of Cal's many detractors from continuing to bash him whenever they have a chance, but at least you clarified the "Worldwide" part of the equation. 

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 7:37 pm

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

I love it when people say something is a fact, when in reality it is only an opinion.
If Calipari is able to put 4 Freshman in the NBA this year, why on earth would he need anyones help in recruiting?  Was it Cal or WWW who improved Cousins' draft stock from mid-20s to top-5.  Or Eric Bledsoe from potential 2011/12 draft candidate to potential 2010 lottery?  WWW gets blamed a lot, but really it's that no-good dastardly Calipari who keeps improving players' professional draft stock.  That must be illegal.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 6:02 pm

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

Hey Gary, when exactly were you given the official title of Minister of Propaganda by UK and Calipari? You are not really defending this guy are you? Its guys like him that have made college basketball recruiting the MOST CORRUPT PRACTICE IN ALL OF SPORTS! FACT!

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 5:02 pm

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

Thank you.  Thanks for not feeding into the conspiracy theory.

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 2:33 pm

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

Who cares really. Kentucky and Calipari are way bigger the WWW. It's true, he's influenced Lebron among others. This doesn't make him more important than the most winningest program in history. Michael Jordan had his influencers.... So does every single NBA prospect going through the highschool and College ranks.

I agree with you Gary. It's not all WWW, It's not all UK. UK's recent success in recruiting attributes to many more factors than just one mythical human being.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:17 pm

Sometimes the world spins w/o a push from 'Wes'

Come on Gary everyone knows William Wesley is responsible for UK's recruiting success. Some try to say it's the fact Calipari has improved players draft stocks, that UK has big time facilities, gets huge exposure in print and on TV, has great support from it's fans, runs a system elite kids feel is best for them, has former players like Wall and Cousins talking about how much fun they had and that they're currently the hot school for recruits. Some say those things, but we all know it's simply Worldwide Wes telling kids who wanted to play at other schools that they must play at UK.

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