Adidas Andrew Wiggins $180 million shoe deal offer likely a fake

Andrew Wiggins KansasA story circulated on Tuesday saying that adidas was prepared to offer Kansas freshman basketball player Andrew Wiggins a $180 million shoe endorsement deal. The story made headlines for obvious reasons — that’s a huge amount of money, especially for an athlete who hasn’t even played a minute of college ball yet. But if the report didn’t sound right to you, and it didn’t to us, that’s probably because the quoted figures for the prospective contract may have originated from a fake letter.

The Tuesday report about the prospective adidas offer came from Bleacher Report, which cited sources in saying that the sports apparel company was preparing a $180 million offer for Wiggins. Here’s what they wrote:

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Kansas’ national championship odds went to 10:1 after Andrew Wiggins decision

Andrew WigginsHow big was Andrew Wiggins’ announcement that he plans to attend Kansas in the fall? Big enough to drastically lower the odds of the Jayhawks to win the national championship next season.

The Las Vegas Hilton had Kansas at 25:1 to win the national championship as of Monday, assistant sportsbook manager Jeff Sherman said. They lowered that figure to 15:1 prior to Wiggins’ announcement, and further dropped it to 10:1 after the announcement, per Sherman. One thing you’ll note is that the Hilton altered Kansas’ odds the night before the announcement. Either they knew Wiggins was going to Kansas, or they were just taking a precaution.

The Hilton now has Kansas with the second-lowest odds to win the title. Kentucky is the favorite at 4:1. Duke, Florida, Michigan State, Arizona, and defending champion Louisville are all 12:1. North Carolina, which Wiggins also considered, is 15:1.

Bovada also released its odds for the national championship, and they have Kansas at 11:2, which is slightly behind the 5:1 figure for Kentucky, and much stronger than the Hilton’s odds.

Not bad for a team that lost all its starters. This kid must be something special.

H/T The Linemakers
Photo: Instagram/Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins is headed to Kansas

Andrew WigginsAndrew Wiggins, the No. 1 recruit for the 2013 college basketball class, announced on Tuesday that he will attend Kansas.

Wiggins had kept things quiet and there was only one reporter present at his announcement from his high school — Huntington Prep in West Virginia. The Toronto native is picking Kansas over North Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida State.

Wiggins’ father, Mitchell, played in the NBA, while his mother was a track athlete. Both attended college at Florida State. Wiggins’ older brother plays basketball for Wichita State.

Kansas seems like it will be a good fit for Wiggins. They’re losing Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey, and their three other starters, so Wiggins should be the star of the team unlike at Kentucky where there would be several other top players.

If you’re wondering what all the hype is about, watch this video:

Photo: Instagram/Andrew Wiggins