Andrew Wiggins: What Star Recruit Would Bring to Each Team He Is Considering
He is not yet, however, a college commit.
One of the most hyped talents of the one-and-done era is also one of the last players in his class to make a verbal commitment.
Wiggins has been uncommonly tight-lipped about his intentions, but he has at least narrowed his list to four schools: Florida State, Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Below we'll take a look at how the Canadian uber-prospect might fit on each of those rosters.
Wiggins has deep roots in Tallahassee. His dad played ball for the 'Noles. His mom ran track at FSU. His first dunk took place at the Tucker Center.
And if indeed some cocktail of sentimentality and opportunity draws the young man down to the Sunshine State, it'll be the recruiting coup of coach Leonard Hamilton's career.
That's not to say the 'Noles are devoid of talent. Wiggins' good buddy, Xavier Rathan-Mayes (No. 40), is on his way to Tallahassee, and Okaro White should be one of the ACC's better frontcourt players. Compared to the other three teams on this list, though, Florida State's cupboard is relatively bare.
Should Wiggins go to FSU, he'll be the undisputed alpha dog. Lots of shots. Lots of minutes. Lots of highlights. If Wiggins is as good as advertised, I'd expect something along the lines of what Michael Beasley did in his lone year at Kansas State. Worst-case scenario, he's Renardo Sidney at Mississippi State. Although it should be said that a Sidney-like career is highly unlikely for a player of Wiggins' ability.
Point is, Wiggins would go to Florida State as the focal point of the offense and savior of the program.
Kansas lost all five of its starters to either graduation or the draft, opening the door for a fleet of talented to freshmen to play early next season.
Joel Embiid should get a long look at center, and Conner Frankamp figures to challenge rising junior Naadir Tharpe for the starting point guard spot.
The highest-rated prospect in Bill Self's incoming class so far is 6'5" small forward Wayne Selden, and one might wonder how Wiggins and Selden could coexist. My guess? Just fine, thank you.
Wiggins has three to four inches on Selden, and his flexibility is such that Self could easily play the two alongside Embiid down low.
If there was some sort of positional conflict between the two, Wiggins would likely win out. But I doubt it'd come to that for the Jayhawks.
Coach Roy Williams went small at the end of last year to great success, and it'd be interesting to see how Wiggins' presence might alter that approach.
James Michael McAdoo (6'8), P.J. Hairston (6'5"), Leslie McDonald (6'5) and Marcus Paige (6'0") are already in place as rotation players. Isaiah Hicks (6'8") and Kennedy Meeks (6'9") are on their way in from the high school ranks.
Wiggins fits in somewhere as a 3 or 4 given the current roster alignment, but it'd take some lineup shuffling to find out exactly where.
Were Wiggins to play the 4, UNC would have roughly the same composition it had last year. If Williams moved Wiggins to the 3 or even the 2 (which he is capable of playing), there'd be room for a true post player like Meeks, Hicks or Brice Johnson.
Again, Wiggins is versatile enough that he'll find minutes no matter what. But there'd be some jostling involved early in the season.
Look, we know Andrew Wiggins will get a good run wherever he lands. But if he goes to Kentucky, he'd send a mighty fine player or two to the bench.
Coach John Calipari already has the nation's top recruiting class locked up, including power forward Julius Randle and small forward James Young. Forwards Alex Poythress and Kyle Wiltjer are also slated to return.
My first inclination is to say that Wiggins would take Young's minutes and perhaps play alongside Poythress, Randle and returning center Willie Cauley-Stein. Plug in star guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison, and Calipari would have a starting lineup where every player is either 6'5" or taller.
That's not an implausible scenario, but it does leave potentially productive players like Young, Wiltjer, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee riding pine. If Wiggins doesn't play well early, any of those guys could eat into his minutes.
That's an unlikely scenario, but it's something Wiggins would at least have to consider if he went to program with so much talent already committed.
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