Huntington Prep forward Andrew Wiggins showed why he's the consensus No. 1 player in all of high school basketball on Thursday night. The scintillating senior put up 57 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, as Huntington Prep defeated Marietta College's junior varsity team, 111-59, according to Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson:
The final was H Prep 111, Marietta JV 59. Wiggins had 57 after SI article questioned if he plays hard all the time.— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) February 8, 2013
Andrew Wiggins was 24 of 28 shooting, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks and 1 golden assist. He was 3 of 5 on 3-pointers.— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) February 8, 2013
The Sports Illustrated article Jackson mentions is a reference to an article by Pete Thamel published on Thursday morning. In Thamel's piece, an assistant coach praises Wiggins effusively, saying he could be an NBA star, but makes mention of the young star's fleeting work ethic:
He has the highest ceiling I've seen in high school for a long time. Once he figures out how to play with a motor all the time, I think he'll be an NBA All-Star. I'm not saying he doesn't play hard, but he knows he's good enough to turn it on and off.
A 5-star recruit out of Ontario (Canada), Wiggins is viewed as one of the best high school prospects in recent memory. He's ranked as the class of 2013's No. 1 player by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, and Wiggins' ascendant performance against Marietta was yet another example of why.
Gifted with the ability to play three positions in high school, Wiggins likely translates to small forward at the collegiate level. He's a near-complete offensive package, blessed with the ability to beat defenders off the dribble and knock down shots from distance. Wiggins is also an adept defender who can guard any wing position with relative ease and has enough awareness down low to block shots by big men.
Listed at 6'7" and 205 pounds, Wiggins also has the size and athleticism to dominate by simply the sheer force of his will. Though high-level Division I teams will certainly have more talent than Marietta College did, Wiggins showed just how talented of a player he could be. He outpaced the overmatched junior varsity squad and did it with an efficient ease.
It's still yet to be decided where Wiggins will play college ball. If Thursday night is any indication, the folks at Marietta College are likely hoping for anywhere but there.