The World Wide Wes Factor

I’m advised that prep hoops recruiting’s most notorious power broker, William Wesley a/k/a World Wide Wes, dubbed a “goodwill ambassador for Memphis (State) basketball” by John Calipari, has hired a realtor to find a home in the Lexington area. (That’s WWWes to the right in the middle of the infamous Pistons/ Pacers brouhaha a few years back.)

Okay, the house thing is a joke. But you know it’s something we’re gonna be talking about in the days to come as the Calipari Era begins at UK. (In case the deal falls through, I’m advised that Governor Beshear has the National Guard and medical teams on alert to quell the expected rioting and mass suicides that will be inevitable.)

Wesley is reputed to have steered DeJuan Wagner, Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and several other stars to Memphis State during the Calipari years. Just as a philanthropic gesture, you understand.

I couldn’t help but notice the irony in the days leading up to a possible Memphis State/ UConn meeting in the West Regional. UConn was getting the heat for recruiting violations, while Coach Cal and World Wide Wes smirked from the sidelines.

Anyway, this situation allows me to trot out one more time my favorite quote about the smarmy world of prep recruiting. When I asked a keen observer of the scene how it is that Calipari has been able to get so many superduperuberhoops studs to come to Memphis State, with its B.S. conference schedule and little national TV exposure, the fellow deadpanned, “No salary cap.” Rim shot, please.

I love that quote.

Anyway, if you think the college basketball scene has been a soap opera in the past, imagine the fun with The Rick and Coach Cal, two fierce rivals already it is said, only 75 miles apart. Methinks body armor is suggested for anybody venturing close to the scene.

– Seedy K


  1. Phil Messer
    Posted April 3, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    We”ll see how Cal’s gig works in Lexington.

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