Andrew Wiggins' Decision Date, Schools in Contention and Projections
After keeping people guessing for months, Andrew Wiggins will finally end his recruitment by picking a school Tuesday, May 14.
The news comes from his high school coach, Rob Fulford of Huntington Prep:
Andrew Wiggins will sign Tuesday at around 12:15. He will not hold a press conference type ceremony. Just classmates, family and friends— Rob Fulford (@rfulford) May 13, 2013
Wiggins is currently ranked the No. 1 prospect in the country, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He has the athleticism, strength and scoring ability to make a huge impact on any team right away, which has made him such a highly sought-after recruit.
Coaches and fans across the country have been waiting for the talented small forward to sign his letter of intent, and those people will finally get their wish as he chooses one of four schools.
Here is a look at those schools along with a projection of the chance each has to land this talented prospect.
Schools in Contention
As far as "fit" goes, it is hard to find a better spot than North Carolina. The Tar Heels run a fast-paced attack that will let Wiggins use his natural athleticism to run the floor and finish at the rim.
Additionally, the veteran team should be very good next season even without him. The only thing holding the squad back is the loss of small forward Reggie Bullock, who declared for the NBA draft.
Wiggins can slide into that starting spot and create one of the best rosters in the country. He will also have opportunity without much pressure as there are talented players around him.
The only problem is that there has not been much buzz recently about the star heading to UNC, which makes this an unlikely landing spot. The other schools on his list are simply higher in the player's mind, according to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio:
Still think UNC is very unlikely for Andrew Wiggins. Non-UK source involved told me, "it's a three horse race and UNC is in 4th"— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 9, 2013
Fortunately, Roy Williams has enough on his team to go on without the incoming freshman.
Chances: 10 percent
Like some of the other schools on the list, there is plenty of prestige involved in the Kansas program. The Jayhawks are in contention for a championship virtually every season, regardless of who leaves the team the year before.
There will be plenty of open spots in the rotation after the squad lost its top five scorers from last season. Of course, that does not mean it will be lacking talent, as quality players should make big jumps heading into next year.
Pairing the current players with a very good incoming recruiting class will make this a strong team next season, regardless of whether Wiggins decides to join.
The only problem is that Bill Self does not always trust his freshmen right away. Ben McLemore had a good season, but other one-and-done players Xavier Henry and Josh Selby struggled at times. If Wiggins struggles early, the coach will not be afraid to keep him on the bench.
Self has proven to be a great developer of talent, but his resume is much more impressive for players who stay in school for multiple years. It is unlikely Wiggins remains for his sophomore year.
Chances: 20 percent
Even without another addition, the 2013 recruiting class for Kentucky is arguably the best of all time on paper. The players still have a lot to prove, but there is no denying that there is plenty of talent coming in.
If Wiggins were to join this group, Kentucky would have the top three recruits in the country, four of the top five and seven of the top 14, according to 247Sports. Obviously, this would make one heck of a college team.
Unfortunately, it would also mean that some of the best players in the country will struggle to see playing time or have sufficient opportunities to showcase their talent. Wiggins has the most talent, but even he would lose touches as some other stars look for their own shots.
Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv quotes the star's brother in saying that this could be a problem:
Nick Wiggins told me he doesn't think Kentucky would be best fit for Andrew b/c they have so many guys coming in— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 5, 2013
It will be up to Wiggins if he wants to play around this much talent, for better or worse.
Chances: 30 percent
While Florida State seems out of place on this list, there are a bunch of reasons this makes sense as a destination for Wiggins.
One major factor is the fact that both of his parents went there and were student-athletes. His father, Mitchell Wiggins, was a first-round pick in the NBA draft.
He could also play with friend and high school teammate Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who will be a Seminole next season.
Finally, he will have the freedom to run the show without much elite talent around him. While that would put more pressure on him to succeed, he could embrace the challenge of being the go-to guy right out of the gate.
Where will Andrew Wiggins play next season?
Nothing is certain, but there are a lot of signs pointing in the direction of Florida State.
Chances: 40 percent
After this long of a process, there is nothing that would be truly surprising regarding Wiggins. He could choose any of these schools, or he might even decide that he would rather play in Europe for a year before going to the NBA.
Still, the most likely scenario is that he follows in the path of his father and plays for Leonard Hamilton at Florida State.
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