Andrew Wiggins: Ranking Contenders Who Need Top Recruit Most Next Season
By all accounts, Andrew Wiggins looks to be college basketball’s lightning-rod prospect.
Standing at 6’8” with a wingspan that reaches seven feet, Wiggins brings a dynamic combination of length, explosion and athleticism seldom seen from the 3 spot. 24/7Sports ranks Wiggins as 2014’s top prospect and in many circles, the surefire No. 1 selection in the NBA draft.
The Canadian star has a decision to make, though, and it will tilt the 2014 national title picture significantly. He has trimmed his choices down to Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina (per 24/7)
Which teams would be most affected by Wiggins’ potential commitment? Take a look.
4. Kentucky Wildcats
Of course, John Calipari and Co. would welcome Wiggins with arms wide open, but regardless, they will be still be bringing in their patented top recruiting class.
With Julius Randle and the Harrison twins in tow, that’s the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 prospect on 24/7Sports rankings coming to Lexington next season.
Factor in Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Kyle Wiltjer coming back another year, and Big Blue will likely be No. 1 in the preseason polls.
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
If Wiggins Picks UNC, Are They the No. 2 Team in the Country or Better?
The Tar Heels will sniff the ACC top tier either way, but Wiggins’ commitment would push them into the conference elite.
UNC finished this season on a high note with James Michael McAdoo and P.J. Hairston finding their way with a small-ball lineup. 24/7Sports’ No. 12 prospect Isaiah Hicks and Wiggins together would be a fantastic athletic infusion that would make Roy Williams install more of an up-tempo offense.
In comparison to these next two teams, though, North Carolina has more potential to still be a threat in March.
2. Kansas Jayhawks
Bill Self brings in a talented crop of players once again, but Wiggins would vault his team’s ceiling into the Big 12’s best.
Otherwise, they won't sport any of 24/7Sports' Top 20 players in their newest recruiting class, and meanwhile, Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson all have already said their goodbyes.
Without Wiggins, it may be a humbling experience at Allen Fieldhouse this season.
1. Florida State Seminoles
The ‘Noles certainly have the most to gain from a Wiggins commitment, as they are the only traditional “football school” on the list. Wiggins would put FSU basketball on the map and make the Seminoles instant contenders in the ACC.
Don’t underestimate the No. 1 recruit's ties to the Seminole program, either: Both of his parents went to college in Tallahassee.
In addition, Wiggins has been profiled as a humble kid who doesn’t seek attention. Perhaps a year in Tallahassee far away from rabid college basketball towns is just what he wants.
Even Wiggins’ high school coach has shown concern over Wiggins getting turned off by a passionate fan base (per a fantastic profile by SI’s Pete Thamel):
We played in North Carolina, we had seven or eight people in Carolina shirts. We're in Kentucky and we've sold out three 6,000 seat gyms. They're crazy. They're crazy in a good way. They show how much they want you. It's overwhelming. He just hates attention.
The attention factor may be enough to turn FSU basketball on its ear. Stay tuned.
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