Andrew Wiggins Choosing an ACC School Is What's Best for College Basketball
In the college basketball world, all eyes are focused on an individual who has yet to play a single game at the NCAA Division I level. This player is unanimously considered to be the top recruit in the nation and has captivated millions by failing to commit to a school thus far.
Regardless of which school he chooses to attend, it would be best for college basketball if Andrew Wiggins ended up in the ACC.
This is not propaganda for the Atlantic Coast Conference, nor is it my stake to claim that the ACC reigns supreme. Instead, it is an acknowledgement of what would be best for the sport of college basketball.
It just so happens that the ACC has emerged as the conference best suited to do that by way of the current circumstances.
Before we move forward, it's important to note that Wiggins' list of schools has been chopped down to four. Two of those universities are in the ACC, while the others are in the SEC and Big 12.
According to 247 Sports, Wiggins' short list includes the Florida State Seminoles, North Carolina Tar Heels, Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks.
There is no question that both Kentucky and Kansas would serve as intriguing destinations for Wiggins' services. Pairing Wiggins with Wayne Selden at Kansas would create an elite on-paper perimeter, while Kentucky again has a stacked recruiting class.
Wiggins would potentially join Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee—that's six McDonald's All-Americans, folks.
And thus we have what college basketball doesn't need.
The 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats are college basketball's version of the NBA's Miami Heat. They have superstars everywhere you look and they're already developing into the preseason favorites to win the 2014 National Championship.
You tell me—would you rather see Andrew Wiggins do the unthinkable and take down Kentucky, or team up with them?
This is the age-old question that once sent LeBron James into a downward spiral of fan hatred. Rather than sign somewhere in which he could carve out his own individual legacy and create elite competition, LeBron teamed up with superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
The hatred may have been out of line, but how can we ignore the parallel? Wiggins would be passing up on an opportunity to play at Florida State, the school that both of his parents attended.
That's close enough to a hometown, right?
With all of this being established, the point is not to draw a parallel between two players making polarizing decisions. Instead, it's an acknowledgement of what could be the greatest story of the 2014 NCAA Final Four Tournament.
Wiggins leads the underdogs against the mighty Wildcats of Kentucky—now that is must-see television.
The Jabari Parker Factor
You can make as many valuable points as you'd like, but that won't change a single thing about the best story line in college basketball. That, of course, is the arrival of two of the world's brightest young stars.
Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
No matter who else may be temporarily stealing the spotlight, these two men have been at the forefront of the recruiting process since day one. They've drawn comparisons to the likes of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, thus being hailed as the next great NBA stars.
If Wiggins were to attend an ACC school, we'd see him play Parker, a Duke Blue Devils commit, at least once this season.
This is extra incentive for Wiggins to follow in his family's footsteps and attend Florida State. It also opens up the possibility for him to create the next chapter in the storied North Carolina versus Duke rivalry.
One way or another, the basketball world needs to say this—attending an ACC school is the best way for Wiggins to carve out his collegiate career.
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