Andrew Wiggins Will Shine in 2013 Regardless of College Decision

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIApril 9, 2013

Apr 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonald's All American West forward Jabari Parker (22) dribbles the ball against McDonald's All American East forward Andrew Wiggins (22) during the second half at the United Center. McDonald's All American West defeats the East 110-99. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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Andrew Wiggins is widely considered the No. 1 overall recruit in high school basketball, and has whittled his college choices down to four. No matter which school he chooses to attend, though, the dynamic 6'8" forward will be a star in 2013.

Florida State, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky are still on Wiggins' radar, and the latter three are especially considered among the nation's elite.

But even if Wiggins decides to go with the Seminoles, there is plenty of upside in that decision. Wiggins would step in as the clear star on an Atlantic Coast Conference squad, which would face plenty of high-caliber competition including the Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils among others.

As Coley Harvey of the Orlando Sentinel points out, the Seminoles lost six key contributors from the previous year's team and suffered a plethora of injuries, which was to blame for their 18-16 record.

In spite of that, they managed to go 9-9 in ACC play, and with Wiggins in the fold, could easily make a strong run in the NCAA tournament next season. One aspect that factors into why Wiggins is considering the Seminoles is because his parents attended college there.

Another school in that conference in Chapel Hill could provide Wiggins with even more opportunities.

The addition of future Tar Heels 5-star power forward Isaiah Hicks and 4-star center Kennedy Meeks will fortify UNC's front line, which was unusually small this past season. Brice Johnson will also need to step up, but that rotation would allow Wiggins to roam free and make plays on the wing as a matchup nightmare.

Combine that with the distributing and improvement for second-year point guard Marcus Paige, and Roy Williams' squad could be very dangerous with Wiggins in the fold.

The Kansas Jayhawks are yet again the reigning Big 12 champions, and Wiggins would hit the court immediately with the likely departure of high-scoring freshman sensation Ben McLemore. Travis Releford, Jeff Withey, Kevin Young and Elijah Johnson were all seniors, which means the Jayhawks have to replace their entire starting five if McLemore leaves.

Wiggins would undoubtedly occupy one of those slots, and has a chance to establish himself as the leader for one of the best programs in the nation. If he lives up to the hype as the No. 1 recruit and establishes chemistry with his new teammates early on, Kansas shouldn't miss a beat in 2013-14.

John Calipari's recruiting prowess continues to be on display for the University of Kentucky, though. Even with the promise of such a tantalizing talent pool in Calipari's loaded recruiting class, Wiggins would also face his most significant competition for minutes.

It's not as if a player of Wiggins' caliber wouldn't see a lot of playing time, but the clustered rotation may be problematic for so many of the nation's top stars gelling together.

That's a good problem to have, however, and it worked out pretty well when Kentucky won the national championship two years ago.

Should Wiggins commit to play in Lexington, the Wildcats would have five of the country's top 15 prospects, according to's composite rankings.

Wiggins has obviously had the choice to play anywhere he pleases at the collegiate level. But amongst the finalists he's handpicked to date, he can do no wrong no matter where he goes—because the chance to make an instant impact is readily available at all four promising stops.