College Basketball Recruiting: Where Will Andrew Wiggins Land?
Only a short while ago was Chicago's Jabari Parker pegged as the chosen one whose recruitment was heating up with the trimming of his massive list down to 10 and eventually five last month.
However, it appears we have a new chosen one: Andrew Wiggins of Huntington Prep in West Virginia.
Wiggins, an Ontario native who was originally slated to become a 2013 recruit, moved back to the 2014 class earlier in his high school career before announcing on Thursday that he would once again become a blue-chip prospect in the 2013 class.
With the announcement, he immediately moved to the top of nearly every 2013 recruiting ranking and appears to have the following schools on his short list: Duke, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, North Carolina and Syracuse. The 6'7" small forward has been fielding phone calls and visits this week, with no apparent front-runner currently in the lead. Because of the unique situation with such a short recruiting window for these coaches that typically court student-athletes over months, there is no telling when his verbal commitment will come.
Roy Williams, Bill Self and Thad Matta were all expected to meet with the athletic freak Wiggins either late this week or early next week in what appears to be a very heated battle that could push a 2013 title contender to the preseason No. 1 ranking next fall.
It is inevitable he will declare for the 2014 NBA draft and likely be a top-three selection, if not the No. 1 overall pick, and therefore will likely select a powerhouse program led by a coach with a proven track record of quickly developing youngsters for the next level. John Calipari is the obvious choice and has locked up an already-loaded 2013 class that includes the Harrison twins, Marcus Lee and James Young.
Each of the other listed teams have locked up impressive classes, but they all lack a dynamic 5-star scorer like Wiggins. Could this lead him to look significantly more at the others with the lure of more offensive opportunities?
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of UK's national title-winning team was a top-three recruit and future lottery selection but took the fifth-most shots on the team last season. Two months later he was the No. 2 overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats and seems to have an incredibly bright professional future ahead of him.
With his decision impossible to predict, look for him to focus on traditional powers Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina in the coming weeks.
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