Expert Opinions on Andrew Wiggins' Ideal College Destination

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 9, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 03: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the East waits during a time out during the 2013 McDonald's All American game at United Center on April 3, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/GettyImages)
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The nation's top college basketball recruit, Andrew Wiggins, has yet to decide where he'll play next season before likely becoming the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft a year from now.

Wiggins' list has been narrowed down to four colleges: Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

While each offer the 6'8" small forward an opportunity to step in and play right away as a starter, the championship potential and history at each varies significantly. While Florida State lacks the tradition of a Kansas or Kentucky, it's a school seemingly close to Wiggins' heart, since both his parents attended it back in the day.

Although Wiggins has yet to even hint where he'll be playing next season, that hasn't stopped some experts form chiming in on the Canadian star's ideal destination. college basketball writer Eamonn Brennan breaks down the what-if scenario of Wiggins signing with the Tar Heels:

Whether or not Chapel Hill is the best fit for Wiggins—it may be, but I'm not giving any advice to this effect—it feels like the best fit from any team's side of things. With Wiggins, the Heels go from possible Final Four contender to immediate national title contender. Everything would click right into place.

Brennan also makes great cases for each of the other three options, but as far as North Carolina is concerned, the style of play and the talent already in place makes it a sensational fit for Wiggins without question.

Bleacher Report NBA lead writer Jonathan Wasserman believes that Florida State—the alma mater of both of Wiggins' parents, who were athletes there—is the best destination for him next season:

This kid is going to be an absolute superstar, whether he attends Kentucky, Florida State or community college. But between the legacy, the underdog theme and the opportunity to be a part of the brand new ACC, Florida State is the ideal destination for Andrew Wiggins, the fans and the sport itself.

Wasserman touches on the "underdog theme" in addition to the family legacy in Tallahassee. In today's world of college basketball recruiting, where the same powerhouse programs often land the most coveted prospects, it's easy to root for schools like Florida State, a program with potential that lacks the recognizable colors and name to consistently attract big-name players. 

While some have narrowed down Wiggins' four-school list down to one based on where they think he fits best, others like Sporting News college basketball writer Mike DeCourcy believe that it's never wise to suggest where a player should go or where he or she fits best:

I’ve been in this business long enough to know never to get my nose into the recruiting process and tell a player where he should go, where his talents would be the best fit. That’s not my business. That’s for runners and summer coaches, right?

It's hard to argue with DeCourcy in this case, but there's certainly nothing wrong with having an opinion regarding where Wiggins fits best in 2013-14.

While I am among the majority that believes Wiggins will be a superstar regardless of which college he chooses, there's something to be said for following in his parents' footsteps at Florida State. 

The Seminoles are the lone underdog among the other three powerhouse candidates. There's no doubt that Tallahassee is the refreshing option, given that year after year Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina bring in top-flight recruiting classes and seemingly are always in the mix for the national championship.

Each of those other three schools have won a national championship within the past six years while Florida State has never won a title—coming close but finishing as runner-up to UCLA in 1972.

It is hard to imagine college basketball fans outside of Chapel Hill, Lawrence and Lexington not rooting for Andrew Wiggins next season if he took the path less traveled to Tallahassee, looking to lead an under-the-radar 'Noles team to its first-ever national title as a freshman.


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