Sorry, I know this is old news for some but the more this guy gets brought out into the light, the more fascinating it all becomes.
Yesterday, Doron Lamb announced his decision to play basketball for Kentucky. Should Lamb's signing be followed by commitments from Terrence Jones and CJ Leslie, then John Calipari will have put together an all-star group of soon to be one-and-dones that will likely go down as the best recruiting class in college basketball history (edging out Calipari's '09 class).
While many observers scratch their heads and wonder how a relatively mediocre practitioner of X and O strategy could manage to haul in such bumper crops year after year (in some cases at CBH's expense), astute observers realize that Calipari's pull in the recruiting world stems from a single personal relationship. Coach Cal is old buddies with a mover and shaker by the name of William Wesley aka Uncle Wes aka Worldwide Wes - the Keyser Soze of the basketball world.
While I could go into great detail about WWW's connections and influence I'll mostly be rehashing information that was succinctly summed up in this article so you might as well just read it.
Long story short, the guy is tight with MJ, consigliere to Lebron, a friend to both Nike and Reebok, buddies with Bill and Hilary, and one of the most influential figures in the lives of every other major basketball recruit in recent memory. So next time any of us wonders why some top flight recruit passes on a chance to play for CBH and instead suits up for Calipari, just think of the above article and/or the following quotes:
"Whether college, professional or youth basketball, shoe companies or media, U.S. or international, I would guess that Wes is as connected as any individual that I’ve observed," -- Big Ten Conference Commissioner Jim Delaney
"I believe Phil Knight is the most powerful man in sports next to Wes Wesley" -- ESPN/Slam Magazine writer Scoop Jackson
"...a cross between Confucius, a benevolent uncle and The Wolf in "Pulp Fiction" to assorted NBA superstars and up-and-coming stars. Known as "Uncle Wes" to the players, he carries more weight within the league than basically anybody." -- Bill Simmons
"William Wesley is a goodwill ambassador to the Memphis program" -- John Calipari