Wichita State junior guard Nick Wiggins tweeted about his younger brother, who happens to be ESPN’s No. 1 high school player, on Sunday. Anything that involves the recruiting of Andrew Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 forward, is going to attract attention.
The message read: “The WORLD is going to be SHOCKED when my bro @22wiggins makes his decision in the next couple weeks lol just saying ! #SHOCKTHEWORLD BRO.”
If you are a Wichita State fan, the prominent use of the word “shock” might conjure up visions of Andrew joining Nick in Koch Arena. That is not what Nick Wiggins said he meant.
He addressed fans who think they are certain about his brother’s future. ESPN lists North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas and Florida State as his top choices. None of those schools should consider Andrew Wiggins locked up, his brother said.
“I didn’t mean it to get anybody out of their seats or try tease anybody,” Wiggins said. “I just wrote the tweet to say ‘People, don’t get your hopes up. He’s going to make the best decision for himself. Me and my family… we’re going to help him try to make the best decision for him. I went through the recruiting process before and I know how it is.”
Andrew Wiggins will try to attend the Final Four to watch his brother. He plays in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago. He is one of two players in the game who have not announced their college choice.
“I’m not saying he said he’s considering (Wichita State) or anything,” Nick Wiggins said. “He mentioned that he loves watching (Shocker) games and he loves that we play up and down. He’s very excited for what’s going on with the program and what’s going on for me, being in the Final Four.”
Nick Wiggins said it’s not his place to make a recruiting pitch for WSU. Andrew Wiggins plays at Huntington Prep in West Virginia and is considered a candidate to play one college season before entering the NBA Draft.
“I just try to help him, try to keep him level-headed,” Nick Wiggins said. “I don’t really try to pressure him. If he wants to come here, he’ll make that decision.”
Early on the mend — WSU forward Cleanthony Early is practicing and said his left ankle, which he sprained in Saturday’s win over Ohio State, is getting better.
His concern is picking the right shoes for Saturday’s game against Louisville. The Nike Kobe Bryant models he wore are low-cut. He may switch to a Jordan for more support.
“I always pretty much rotate my shoes,” he said. “I’ll probably go buy some shoes and I’ve bought a couple pair of Jordans and I might play in those. Who knows? I’ll make a decision around game time.”
Early hurt his ankle in the second half against Ohio State. After a trip to the locker room for an X-ray, he returned to the game and played most of the game’s final seven minutes. The X-ray was negative.
Too much talk — WSU coach Gregg Marshall said radio host Dan Patrick apologized for how an interview unfolded on Tuesday.
Patrick began the interview by playing recorded comments from CBSSports.com basketball writer Jeff Goodman, who said: “When you ask around about (Marshall), a lot of people don’t like him in the industry. I like him. He’s fun. He says what’s on his mind. But he rubs a lot of people the wrong way.”
Patrick then asked Marshall for his response, in the context of asking him about the job opening at UCLA.
“I turned down a couple of BCS jobs over the course of the years,” Marshall said. “I really don’t take a poll of what people in the industry think. I just try to win basketball games. I’m sure if I took a poll of media people, they’d say the same thing about Jeff.”
Patrick then asked Marshall if his personality scares people, or makes them nervous.
“I don’t know,” Marshall replied. “Does it make you nervous?”
“Not yet,” Patrick said.
Later Tuesday, after a news conference with local reporters, Marshall said Patrick called to apologize.
“But that’s not on the radio,” he said. Patrick’s show is heard locally on KGSO, 1410-AM.
Marshall later skipped his national radio appearance with Doug Gottlieb, heard locally on KFH, 1240-AM, 98.7-FM. Gottlieb’s producer said Marshall told them he declined to come on the show after a bad experience with a national radio show earlier Tuesday.
Cox 22 to do shows from Atlanta — Cox 22 said Tuesday it will air six live telecasts of at least an hour each from the Georgia Dome. Coverage will begin at 5 p.m. Friday.
Other live shows will be 4 p.m. Saturday, a postgame show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, a Sunday show at 6 p.m. and Monday’s shows at 6 and 10:30 p.m.