Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Analyzing Chances of Landing Andrew Wiggins
With the May 15 deadline to sign a letter of intent coming up in a little over a month, it looks like the wait to see where Andrew Wiggins will end up playing college basketball will stretch out for a few more agonizing weeks.
Wiggins has been in no rush to make a final decision, leaving the four schools remaining on his list (Kentucky, FSU, Kansas and North Carolina) on pins and needles to see where the best prospect in the 2013-2014 recruiting class will end up.
If you're a Kentucky fan, you have to feel pretty good about John Calipari's chances at landing the coveted small forward. Wiggins has already gushed about how he and the freshman that have already committed to UK would "win it all for sure" if he joined them (per ZagsBlog).
The main knock against the Wildcats for most people, it seems, is that there may be too much talent on the roster for Wiggins to get enough playing time. With six All-Americans along with more returning veterans than usual, that would make a good argument...on paper.
But a plethora of other talented individuals won't be what keeps Wiggins from going to Kentucky. In addition to the full-court recruiting press that his fellow UK-bound freshman probably have been doing the last several days, super-talented/top level players like to be surrounded by others like them.
Players like Wiggins know that they will get the playing time in the end because they are just that good; what really matters is that their teammates can also help them carry the load on the way to a great experience, both on the court and in regards to their future NBA prospects.
Once in a while a player may go the "Shabazz Muhammad" route and opt to be an incredibly oversized fish in a small pond. But all one has to do is look at the type of experience Muhammad had this past year at UCLA to see how that turned out.
Out of all the schools still left on Wiggins' list, Kentucky is the easy favorite. What will likely be the reason Wiggins might not end up a Wildcat is a combination of his family ties to FSU along with their recent improvement as a program.
If committing to FSU was a simple matter of going somewhere his family was comfortable with, than Wiggins' first choice would probably still be Kentucky. But the fact that the Seminoles have also begun to show some very big strides in their basketball program makes it more than just a stagnant destination for him to spend a year while waiting to go in the NBA Draft. Wiggins would have a real opportunity to make FSU (who already has a decent recruiting class for next year as it is) do something special next season.
My money is still on Kentucky, but I won't be surprised at all if his announcement ends with him wearing a garnet and gold cap, either.
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