Last Tuesday high school hoops phenom Andrew Wiggins shocked the nation when he announced that he was going to attend Kansas over heavy favorites Florida State, and Kentucky.
The normally quiet Wiggins doesn’t conduct himself with much fanfare, so his announcement wasn’t huge or most importantly, nationally televised.
The story of Kansas being able to nab Wiggins is incredible in its own right, but even more crazy is the fact that Kansas head coach Bill Self and his staff didn’t learn of Wiggins choice until Twitter exploded according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
n Huntington, Fulford was coordinating final logistics and making sure no uninvited media had infiltrated the school. Wiggins sat down a few minutes early, looked at his coach and realized there was no point in waiting.
In Lawrence, video coordinator Jeff Forbes popped in the room with the tweet indicating the announcement was only minutes away. Townsend got a call from a Rivals.com reporter who’d received first word and put the call on speaker.
“All of a sudden our phones started to blow up,” Roberts said. “It’s the most I’ve ever seen after getting a recruit.”
Recruiting is a cold business, but it can be a funny one, too. Men who make millions huddle around Twitter feeds, waiting for a few words from the mouth of a teenager that could change the course of a program.
Wiggins took forever in choosing, but it’s refreshing to know that it was done to continue to fact find, and not to draw attention to himself.