Andrew Wiggins' College Choice Won't Impact Star's Draft Stock

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 25, 2013

April 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA;  McDonald's All American forward Andrew Wiggins (22) poses for portraits before the 36th McDonalds All American Games to be played at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Superstar prospect Andrew Wiggins is still preparing to make his highly anticipated decision on where he will play college basketball, but it won’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

Regardless of whether he chooses Kentucky, Kansas, Florida State or UNC, the swingman is going to be one of the first players—if not the first player—off the board come the 2014 NBA draft.

Due to his unique combination of size, skill, athleticism and work ethic, Wiggins seems to be one of the surest things to come out of high school in years. He’s yet to even pick a school, but there’s already a strong buzz of him becoming the top pick in next June’s draft.

At 6’7”, the Huntington Prep star possesses the traditional height for a 3 in the modern NBA. He’s an elite athlete that can play above the rim, but doesn’t solely rely on those gifts to make an impact.

In fact, Wiggins utilizes his jump shot—which is reliable out to the three-point line—and above-average handle to create open looks for himself on a fairly regular basis. He has to work on setting up teammates, but that will come in time.

Whether he chooses to steal the show at a university such as Florida State or join the wealth of talent at Kentucky, Wiggins’ upside, ceiling and potential isn’t going to change.

It doesn’t matter if he winds up scoring 20 points per game and puts up insane numbers or dials it back and does whatever is needed to help his team, NBA scouts and general managers know this kid is destined for stardom at the next level.

Wiggins is currently resting after a drawn out All-Star circuit, in which the Canadian native traveled around the country for various exhibition games and showcases to display his talents, but he’s going to have to make his decision sooner rather than later.

Once he finally does, expect no more and no less than one season of excellent basketball from the young man. It would be downright shocking if he were to stick around campus after that, as he’s preordained to become a star in the NBA.