Andrew Wiggins: Power Ranking 5-Star Recruit's Potential Landing Spots

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IApril 3, 2013

Photo Credit: 247 Sports
Photo Credit: 247 Sports

This time next year, we will all be busy wondering if the other three Final Four teams have the defense to stop freshman Andrew Wiggins.

This dynamic youngster has yet to let the public in on which school he will attending, but whichever one he does choose should be considered a favorite to win it all.

He is that good. Wiggins can break down defenses himself, and he will make his teammates better.

He is a 6'8", 195-pound small who is rated as a 5-star recruit with a 100 grade at 247Sports. And I can't imagine there is a recruiter in the nation who doesn't have this Huntington Prep product as the top recruit in the class. Just check out his highlights: 

As 247 tells us, Wiggins has interest in four schools: Florida State, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas. 

I'm going to rank these four in order of which ones I believe have the best shot at landing him. 


No. 4: North Carolina

The Tar Heels' program suffered a down year (for them) this season, but they finished strong, and no one expects them to be down for long. They certainly won't be down for long if they land Wiggins. 

Wiggins made some waves as he attended the Tar Heels' game against Duke on March 9, and the Tar Heels were promptly routed to the tune of 69-53. 

It would be foolish to think that he'd base his entire decision of that game, and I'm not. However, that certainly doesn't help a team that many had pegged as a dark horse to begin with. 

At this point, I'd be surprised if Wiggins landed in North Carolina. 


No. 3: Kansas

Kansas hasn't received a lot of attention in the recruitment of Wiggins, but they certainly appear to be a legitimate contender. This comes to us from Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones:

Kansas has an impressive resume for any recruit. The Jayhawks offer a storied program with a recent history of success.

Coach Bill Self has led Kansas to at least the Sweet 16 in six of the last seven seasons, and the Jayhawks won it all in 2008.

Kansas also has some big-name stars recently, as Thomas Robinson went No. 5 overall in last year's draft and Ben McLemore figures to be another lottery pick in this coming draft.


No. 2: Florida State

One of these things is not like the other, and in this case, that one thing is Florida State.

It's not often that the Seminoles are mentioned in the same college-basketball breath as the Tar Heels, Wildcats and Jayhawks.

However, Florida State is the only team on this list where both Mitchell and Marita Wiggins (Andrew's parents) attended college, and his dad starred on the basketball team. 

There is also the fact that the Seminoles received a commitment from Wiggins' friend Xavier Rathan-Mayes—whose father also played basketball at FSU. 

While Florida State doesn't have the pedigree of producing lottery picks like the other schools, does that really matter for a player as insanely talented as Wiggins? 

Going to Florida State would give Wiggins the chance to carve out a lasting legacy as he takes the program to new heights. 


No. 1: Kentucky

If you ask me where I think the No. 1 recruit is going to play college basketball, I'm just going to say Kentucky. I don't need to know who the recruit is, what his preferences are or where he is from. That is just where No. 1 recruits go these days.

With Wiggins, this tweet by Adam Zagoria of certainly helps put Kentucky in the top spot:

It's hard to disagree with Wiggins. After all, according to 247 Sports, Kentucky has already received commitments from the three recruits ranked directly behind Wiggins in its national rankings. 

John Calipari's record developing top-flight NBA prospects speaks for itself, and I imagine that Wiggins will follow that path.