Adam Wing had his future all figured out. The Rowan County (Kent.) High quarterback committed to play football at Marshall University, with a final high school football and basketball season to look forward to. Then came a junior hoops campaign that captured the state's imagination, with Wing leading his Vikings to a state runner-up finish behind Sweet 16 champion Christian County (Kent.) High.
Wing's role in that basketball surge -- he averaged 18 points and 10.5 rebounds in the state tournament -- as well as a highlight reel 7-for-7 shooting performance that included five threes in the state semifinals, launched him into a higher recruiting realm than the one in which he stood before. Given that he finished Kentucky's famed Sweet 16 tournament with a 12-for-13 mark from behind the three-point arc, it would have been hard for Wing to play any better (barring a team victory in the state final, of course).
From there, it didn't take long for major conference basketball coaches to start contacting him with a pitch to play for the school. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader and Rivals.com's Eric Bossi, Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford eventually made a winning pitch, convincing the two sport athlete to switch his football commitment to the sport he loves most, with Wing committing to a basketball future in Stillwater.
"My heart's always been with basketball first," Wing told the Herald-Leader. "I've always loved it, and I knew if I was given the opportunity to play at the high Division I level, I'd seize it."
Wing did just that, after a series of deliberations with his parents and high school coaches. While he had previously intended to play quarterback at Marshall, only one school had recruited him to play both sports -- and he was less excited about playing football and basketball for Western Kentucky than he was to play one sport at either Oklahoma State or Marshall.
As for what changed Wing's basketball fortune -- and future -- he can thank himself for that breakout semifinal performance, and for one connected fan who happened to be in the stands. According to the Herald-Leader's Mike Fields, one Eddie Ford, Travis Ford's father, saw Wing hit trey after trey and quickly encouraged his son to check him out.
It only took Travis Ford one practice (and his father's recommendation, of course) to decide he wanted Wing as part of the Cowboys' future.
"What I did that Saturday in Rupp Arena is kind of what took me to that next level and showed what I could do as a player," Wing told the Herald-Leader. "I really didn't know if I was going to get any more offers in either sport."