He hasn't even stepped foot on a college basketball floor, but Andrew Wiggins is already a budding superstar. The world is following this young man with a close eye, awaiting the day that he makes it to the NBA.
Wednesday night, Wiggins put his talents on display on a national stage during the McDonald's All-American Game. Twitter inevitably reacted.
So what did people have to say?
For starters, it's important to note that Wiggins led the East Team with 19 points. This comes as expected, as Wiggins entered the game as the No. 1 recruit in the nation (via 247Sports.com).
Arizona recruit Aaron Gordon led all scorers with 24 points as the West beat the East by a score of 110-99.
For those who watched the game, there was no storyline more intriguing than the showdown between Wiggins and Jabari Parker. As the two players who are often praised as the next "best in the world," both had something to prove.
As Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld pointed out, Parker took the early advantage.
Jabari Parker swatted Andrew Wiggins' first attempt.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 4, 2013
Fortunately for Wiggins fans, the Canadian prodigy decided to put on a masterful performance. Not only did he thrive on the offensive end of the floor, but he showcased elite defensive ability.
Evan Daniels of Fox Sports let it be known that there is no better defender in the country.
Is there a better defender in the country than Andrew Wiggins? Nope. Just ask Jabari Parker.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) April 4, 2013
The claims of greatness didn't end there, as the Twittersphere offered up all the love possible. Some went with opinion-based claims, while others went with a fact-based approach.
For instance, the fact that Wiggins would give the Kentucky Wildcats the best possible recruiting class was a point worth discussing.
If Andrew Wiggins commits to Kentucky they will have recruited the top player at each position according to ESPNU's 100. Yeowza— Janis David Bunkis (@JDBunkis) April 4, 2013
ESPN 100's rankings can be found here.
With this in mind, the common belief is that the Wildcats would be the best team in the nation. Not only would they be elite on paper, but some feel they could go without a loss.
Just ask Jason McIntyre of Big Lead Sports.
Not the first time I've seen Andrew Wiggins, but damn, if he goes to Kentucky, fire up the "Undefeated?" talk. That team will be ridic— Jason McIntyre (@TheBigLead) April 4, 2013
Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Or is this all warranted?
There is reason to believe that Wiggins will be the best player in the country. Not only is he the No. 1 prospect in the nation, but he's proven to have elite abilities on both ends of the floor.
The reaction to those abilities has been astonishing.
Two things I sincerely believe: 1) Andrew Wiggins' peak is higher than LeBron's 2) Julius Randle may be the POTY next year anyway.— Andy Hutchins (@AndyHutchins) April 4, 2013
Can he be? Until that day comes, we'll never be able to offer a definitive answer.
Wednesday night was a giant step in the right direction.