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2011 recruiting trip: Of course Wes is here

Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:02 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 12:39 pm
By Gary Parrish

AKRON, Ohio -- The NCAA sends representatives to monitor various July events, and because the LeBron James Skills Academy is the event with the best prospects and most high-profile coaches, there are two members of the Basketball Focus Group at the University of Akron.

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They're here to make sure the coaches stay where they're supposed to stay and the prospects stay where they're supposed to stay, and they do a fine job of it. But here's the issue: They can't quite figure out what to do with William Wesley -- the man more commonly known as "Worldwide Wes" -- who basically has the run of the place.

Wesley is a longtime and well-documented power-broker who now works with Creative Arts Agency (CAA). And even though people associated with agents are supposed to be nowhere close to players at an event like this, Wesley has spent the better part of tonight sitting in a chair on the court around Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist, and within talking and bumping distance of every high-school prospect in attendance.

Nike officials allow it to happen.

So it happens.

And Wesley must know just how much it agitates the NCAA. For proof, consider that I was standing with the two NCAA officials earlier tonight, just talking and catching up when we were suddenly interrupted by a young man who tapped one of the NCAA officials on the shoulder.

"Excuse me," the young man said. "Wes wanted me to tell you hello."

On one hand, troubling.

On the other, absolutely hilarious.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 7:18 am

2011 recruiting trip: Of course Wes is here

it is not KY as much as it is Calipari; But KY does benefit from this because Cal is their coach. The majority of the players Cal gets in the top 20 has a relationship with WWW. You do the math.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:29 am

2011 recruiting trip: Of course Wes is here

Well it has been well established that Wes is a recruiter for John Calipari so any contact by him is a contact by Calipari. For those who do not know much about Worldwide Wes you should read the amazing in-depth work by Henry Abbott. Henry devoted a year of True Hoop (before it was swallowed up by the bad guys) and through his readers discovered an huge amount of information about a man who few even knew his last name but everyone in the NBA kissed up to him. http://espn dot go dot com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/16874/w


Dajuan Wagner,  Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Tyreke Evans were Wes recruits for Caipari  at Memphis. Many players are befriended by Wes early in high school. It is nothing for him, when recruiting, to get MJ on his car phone to talk to the recruit. The NBA is absolutely not serious about getting NBA scouts out of HS arenas where Wes is given a free pass, as he provides information to teams. Likewise, the NBPA is not serious about policing its agents. Wes can do whatever he wants.

This story is just another year and just another chapter in the book Influence and its Perks. Nobody wants to cross someone this powerful. Wonder how NIKE would react to being denied their summer events if Wes is there? We will likely never know. NIKE is the elephant in the room.

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:17 am

2011 recruiting trip: Of course Wes is here

Another example of media throwing UK into a story to get more hits. "Sitting in a chair around Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist"....and, if they were Syracuse, UNC, OSU (insert team other than UK) freshman their names wouldn't be in this post. It's not relevent that he's sitting near some players, unless they're UK signees.
William Wesley has been at every Lebron James Camp since it's inception and this year is no different. He's around all the players at the event, but UK's get singled out because that will triple the amount of people who will read this post. It's not a violation for him to be there and it's a non-story except for the quip about Wes sticking it to the NCAA guys with the little comment from the "young man."

Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:20 pm

2011 recruiting trip: Of course Wes is here

He's a friend of LeBron and Gilchrist Danmanfan1 (LOL)

Since: Jul 7, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:17 pm

2011 recruiting trip: Of course Wes is here

Seriously, UK fan?  He's a "Coach's" agent so he's allowed to hang out with UK amateur athletes? If he is a "Coach's" agent why is he hanging out at a teenage players' camp?  Think he's scouting future coaching prospects?  Genius!!!

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:15 pm

2011 recruiting trip: Of course Wes is here

Here is the thing: If Wes was even close to breaking any NCAA rule, they would be all over him. His profile is so high there is zero chance he is going to gain any advantage that isn't within the rules. In the case of being around Gilchrist, he lived across the street from his mother since before Michael was born and has mentored him his entire life. Old news. 

It's really overblown how much influence guys like Wes have anyway. These kid's parents, teammates, and those they trust within their coaching circle (high school and AAU/Club) are the real advisors. Then the impression that's made during on-campus visits seals the deal, providing the kid qualifies academically.  If you're going to call out Wes, why not also call out Nike/Adidas and the shoe reps that arguably have even more influence throughout the summer camps and travel team system?

Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:54 pm

2011 recruiting trip: Of course Wes is here

WWW is an agent for coaches not players.  Mr. Parrish did not add that because it would take away from his agenda.

Media write truthfull accurate articles?...Naahhh.

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:16 pm

2011 recruiting trip: Of course Wes is here

sickening and I cant wait for UK to have everything vacated someday...

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