Worldwide Wes' Influence On College Recruiting Considered Overblown By 37 Percent Of Coaches
William Wesley, popularly known as World Wide Wes, has become a bigger factor in recent years on the college basketball level.
Wesley is an agent for coaches within Creative Artists Agency, the same agency as Leon Rose.
Nearly 100 college coaches were asked if Wesley is a factor in college recruiting or if his influence is overblown. Sixty-three percent of respondents said he is a factor, while 37 percent characterize it as overblown.
“He's an agent who cheats. He's a bag man,” said one coach.
“We have all become so sensitive to just him. There are more just like him, he just gets all of the attention,” said another coach.
“Wes' presence is drastically overblown," said a coach. "His power is only perceived at best, and only because naïve/desperate coaches empower him. If he had any power, he would certainly be using it to the benefit of John Calipari and Kenny Payne, who he has known for 25 years. The fact that coaches are hiring him as an agent is laughable, and the fact that the NCAA does not treat him as an agent due to his close affiliation with Leon Rose is an absolute injustice!”