Although nothing is official, Andrew Wiggins has the opportunity to take over the Atlantic Coast Conference by heading to Florida State.
The rumor of Wiggins joining the Seminoles was started by this tweet from Keith Jenkins of ESPN:
Source tells me Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 recruit in the 2013 ESPN 100, will commit to Florida State. Nothing official as of yet.— Keith Jenkins (@MrKeithJenkins) April 13, 2013
Wiggins was a McDonald’s All American and is the No. 1 recruit in the nation according to Rivals.com. His short list includes Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and a several other big programs, along with Florida State.
By going to Tallahassee, Wiggins would be making a smart decision and would be able to take over the ACC.
It’s quite clear that Wiggins is the best player in the incoming recruiting class.
His superior athleticism and ability to drive to the basket makes him stand out from the rest of field. His strength and leaping ability makes him a threat to throw down from a lot of different angles, even if someone is in front of him.
He plays just as hard on defense, coming up with at least a few big blocks every game.
This impressive skillset can be utilized at Florida State.
He’s a true scorer from nearly everywhere on the court, and the Seminoles need a scorer. Their leading scorer, Michael Snaer, just finished his senior year, and the team needs to find a way to make up for his 14.8 points per game.
Wiggins can clearly be that guy.
He and Okaro White as the two forwards next season would frighten the rest of the ACC.
Others might argue that Wiggins should head to Kentucky to join their ridiculous recruiting class, but that's not a good idea for a player who is looking to shine. There are too many great recruits coming in for the Wildcats, and Wiggins wouldn't stand out as much as he would by playing on a team without another top-tier recruit.
The ACC is going to be wide open next season, and one could make the case the Wiggins will clearly be the best player in the conference next season.
Where should Wiggins go?
The Duke Blue Devils had some serious talent on their team this past year, but Ryan Kelly, Seth Curry and Mason Plumlee will all be graduating. North Carolina will still have P.J. Hairston, according to NBCSports.com.
However, the future of James Michael McAdoo is still uncertain, and he would likely be a first-round pick if he decides to head to the NBA. Kenny Kadji and Durant Scott are graduating from Miami, leaving Shane Larkin to decide on whether or not to head to the pros.
With so many big names leaving the ACC, Wiggins would take over.
The argument could be made that Wiggins would take over regardless of where he played in the ACC. However, even if some big names left these programs, there are still some solid scorers that could limit his dominance in the conference.
Wiggins certainly has the option to go to either Duke or North Carolina, but there are still great players on both of those teams that would keep Wiggins from being the outright star player on either of these teams. The Blue Devils are bringing in Jabari Parker who plays the same position as Wiggins at small forward. The two stars would keep each other from standing out on the team. For the Tar Heels, they still have Hairston and Reggie Bullock, two scorers that would keep Wiggins from putting up big points.
Even if he decided to go to Syracuse now that they are joining the ACC, it still wouldn't give Wiggins a chance to shine. Guys like James Southerland and Michael Carter-Williams are leaving, but C.J. Fair may still stay and they are bringing in a couple big recruits in Tyler Roberson and Tyler Ennis.
By joining the Seminoles, Wiggins would be given the chance to be the go-to guy for his team. He wouldn't be hindered by another impact player needing to be fed the ball on a consistent basis. As a No. 1 ranked recruit, that's something to consider when choosing schools.
No. 1-ranked recruits have been very successful in their first year of college, and recent players have gone on to excel in the NBA. According to ESPN.com, the past No. 1 recruits over the past few years included Nerlens Noel, Anthony Davis, Harrison Barnes, Avery Bradley, Brandon Jennings and Kevin Love.
All of these players were successful in college, and all of them except for Noel (who is expected to declare for the draft) have gone on to the NBA.
Wiggins would be smart to head to Florida State. The conference is losing a lot of star players, and his incredible talent would be highlighted by a team without another big star.