Andrew Wiggins: Making the Case for Remaining Schools on Top Prospect's List
According to Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports, Andrew Wiggins has removed Ohio State and Syracuse from his list of potential schools. This leaves Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State as the remaining schools on his list.
It's time to make a case for each school.
For those unfamiliar, Wiggins is the No. 1 prospect in the nation according to 247 Sports, Rivals and ESPN. He was originally a member of the 2014 recruiting class, but Wiggins re-classified as a senior for 2013 (via USA Today).
His potential commitment is one of the most highly-anticipated moments of the college basketball season—one that has powerful NBA implications.
Wiggins is 6'8" and 190 pounds, possessing a well-rounded skill set in which scouts have struggled to pinpoint any debilitating weaknesses. This has many labeling Wiggins as the next great star in the NBA.
With explosive athleticism and honed fundamentals, it's not too difficult to see why. The question is, where will he attend college before making the leap to the NBA?
The next month will play a significant role in determining that.
Per Borzello, Wiggins has tentative visits set for Kentucky on February 27, Kansas on March 3 and North Carolina on March 9. He took an official visit to Florida State in December of 2012.
So where is the best fit for the Huntington Prep small forward?
Florida State Seminoles
When you think of college basketball, Florida State might not crack your Top 50 of schools that come to mind. This likely has the untrained mind wondering why Wiggins has FSU as one of his final four schools.
Here's the X-Factor: both of his parents attended Florida State.
His mother, Marita Payne, was selected to the school's Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1991. Per her official Florida State profile, she was a four-time NCAA champion individually and won another four NCAA championships in relay teams.
Payne also won two silver medals at the 1984 Olympic Games as a member of the Canadian national team.
As for his father, Mitchell Wiggins attended FSU and, you guessed it, played basketball. Wiggins was inducted into the school Hall of Fame in 1994 and scored 1,067 points in just two years at the university.
Wiggins proceeded to play for six seasons in the NBA.
What we're getting at here is that Andrew Wiggins has Florida State athletics running through his veins. For that reason, there is a strong possibility that his parents' history with the school could influence his decision-making.
The question is, why else should Wiggins make his way to Tallahasse?
As every prospect seems to find their way to the Kentuckys and Dukes of the world, Wiggins has a chance to break the mold. As a result, he could become the face of college basketball in the same manner as Kemba Walker or Kevin Durant.
Why not make some college basketball history?
The Kansas Jayhawks currently possess Ben McLemore, who is a primary candidate to be the top pick in the 2013 NBA draft. This sets an example for Andrew Wiggins, as coach Bill Self can claim that he's bred a top draft choice as recently as 2013.
For a kid that must out-duel a stacked recruiting class to maintain his lock on the top spot in 2014, that's an attractive bargaining chip.
Furthermore, the Jayhawks can offer Wiggins a consistent spot on national television. As the cream of the Big 12's crop, Kansas consistently finds themselves in highly-promoted games.
They've also made it to the Elite Eight or further in four of the past six seasons. They've made two National Championship Game appearances in the past five, winning in 2008 and finishing as runner-ups in 2012.
There is a gold standard at Kansas—will Wiggins want to be a part of that tradition?
Does a pitch really need to be made for the Kentucky Wildcats? After all, coach John Calipari has established himself as the King of the One-and-Done.
Derrick Rose, John Wall and Anthony Davis all went No. 1 overall in the NBA draft after playing just one year for coach Cal.
In 2013, Kentucky will be back at it again. They boast one of the deepest classes in the nation and have already locked up Top 10 prospects Aaron and Andrew Harrison.
Having Andrew Wiggins at the 3 might stir the hype for an undefeated season.
Playing for Kentucky would give Wiggins a legitimate chance at securing an NCAA championship during his first year in the college ranks. It would also set him in position to play for a coach that has a history of creating top draft choices out of his stars.
This could be all the legacy-padding he needs to make a decision to leave after one season.
If not, it could be impetus to stay for more than one year. You know, if Calipari hasn't landed a replacement for 2014 by the time Wiggins lands on campus.
North Carolina Tar Heels
This is the school that creates the potential for college basketball legends to be created. The reason being, No. 2 recruit Jabari Parker is attending Duke University.
The UNC-Duke rivalry may have found their new superstar rivalry.
Wiggins and Parker are going to be compared to each other on a daily basis for the rest of their careers. They're the new generation of LeBron James and Kevin Durant, as they're far above the rest and only seem to be competing with one another.
So why would Wiggins choose Duke over Florida State if he would play Parker in the ACC either way?
By attending North Carolina, Wiggins would be a part of a legendary rivalry that is synonymous with college basketball. Not only would he be able to create another chapter, but he'd have the potential to join the class of legends.
For instance, Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Vince Carter.
If that's not enough, Wiggins could play for coach Roy Williams. That's the same coach Williams that has won two national titles since 2005.
The question is, will Wiggins choose to join a legendary rivalry and create a new chapter with Parker? Or will he sign on with a different school?
Only time will tell. Until then, let us know what you think Wiggins should do in the comments section below.
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