UNC's chances: Minimal
For a large part of his recruitment, Andrew Wiggins was only really chased by three schools: Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Recently, he opened his recruitment up (subscription required) and said he wanted to hear from more schools.
That doesn't mean he lost interest in those original programs, but that he wants to make sure he chooses the right one.
Although most feel Wiggins is a lock for Kentucky, I disagree.
And so would Wiggins (subscription required).
“They either think that because Kentucky always gets the best players or Florida State because my parents went there,” Wiggins told Scout.com. “But my options are still wide open,” he added. “People think they can dictate or know where I’m going, but they might be in for a surprise.”
“Every school is the same to me right now,” Wiggins said. “I don’t have any favorites. Even if a new school wanted to recruit me they can. My options are wide open, but a lot of schools aren’t recruiting me because of what they think.”
There have been reports that he's said he wants to play against the best talent to prove he's the best.
It has nothing to do with arrogance; just a product of his competitive nature.
“I just try to kill whoever is guarding me," Wiggins said. "I don't practice to play against people in high school like Julius Randle and Jabari Parker. I practice to play against guys in the NBA because I want to be better than them. I practice to beat the best player in the world because I want to be the best player in the world."
I don't think he'll pick Carolina because even though Roy Williams gets out in transition, he probably knows most of the offense runs through the bigs and there's little to no isolation game—the area where Wiggins excels.
Just ask Harrison Barnes about being the top player in high school then ending up the third option both years he was at Carolina.
That, again, isn't a slide on Wiggins or to say he's a selfish player. He isn't in the slightest.
I just don't think Wiggins' game really translates into Williams' offense as well as it would at a Kentucky or a Kansas.
But I don't think he'll wind up at either of those two, either.
My prediction: Florida State.
Andrew Wiggins doesn't need a top program, coach or team for him to dominate college basketball. He'll do that no matter where he goes.
The 2013-14 Naismith Player of the Year award is his to lose, and he'll be the definitive No. 1 NBA Draft pick.
His lifelong friend and current teammate, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, committed to FSU, and both of their fathers played ball for the Seminoles.
That's a tough act to follow, even for John Calipari.
However, if he were to commit to Kentucky, it would likely post an undefeated record en route to its ninth championship.
But who would Wiggins have had to go through to earn it?
That's what I think, more than anything, will keep Wiggins from Kentucky.
He wants to earn it by beating the best, not by playing with it.