The most coveted high school basketball recruit in recent memory, Andrew Wiggins has made his decision, committing to Kansas next season according to Herald-Dispatch sports reporter Grant Traylor:
An 18-year-old small forward out of Toronto, Wiggins played his high school basketball at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, averaging over 23 points and 11 rebounds per game during his senior year in 2012-13.
At 6'8", 195 pounds, Wiggins possesses excellent size, but more importantly tremendous athleticism that allows him to shine with the ball in his hands as well on the defensive end of the floor.
All it takes is a few minutes on YouTube to understand why everyone is talking about Wiggins and his college decision:
Although Wiggins' immense talent has drawn comparisons to some of the game's greats, ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla isn't so fond of them:
That didn't stop Jacob Highfill from making another LeBron James comparison:
Unlike James, though, Wiggins will be forced to play a year of college hoops before taking his talents to the league. Still, you have to appreciate Luke Baker's suggestion, even if the current NBA rules make it impossible:
You would be hard-pressed to find a basketball expert who doesn't believe Wiggins will be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft 13 months from now.
Wiggins announced his decision behind closed doors inside St. Joseph Central Catholic High School according to the Louisville Courier-Journal's Adam Himmelsbach:
Himmelsbach also noted some other key observations prior to Tuesday's announcement:
The decision, despite being extremely hyped, was very secretive. FOX Sports' Evan Daniels reported that as of Tuesday morning, Wiggins' parents didn't even know which school their son would choose, and neither did Kansas:
ESPN national recruiting analyst Dave Telep believed that Wiggins knew where he wanted to sign for some time before making his commitment on Tuesday (via the Topeka Capital-Journal's Austin Meek):
Telep suspected that Wiggins has known where he wants to play for “a week or so at least” but hasn’t shared the decision with anyone outside of a tight inner circle.
“Andrew has been very private and very close to the vest,” Telep said Monday morning. “I don't think right now he's told any of the schools.”
The Herald-Dispatch's Grant Traylor posted a photo of Wiggins and his mother moments before he announced his decision:
Here's a look at the relatively quiet scene at Wiggins' announcement (via Keith Morehouse):
Right after Wiggins' announcement, Sporting News college basketball writer Michael DeCourcy broke down the decision:
CBS Sports college basketball writer Jeff Goodman thought the move made sense as well:
Here's ESPN's Seth Greenberg breaking down Wiggins' decision (via Jeremy Crabtree):
RJ Young points out that family may have played a big role in his decision:
The reaction was one of pure joy and excitement in Lawrence on Tuesday, as ESPN noted:
Another top-flight Kansas recruit, Wayne Selden Jr. wasted no time welcoming Wiggins to Kansas:
ESPN's Darren Rovell breaks down the financial benefits of Wiggins' decision:
The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale put Tuesday's announcement into proper perspective:
After all, you know you're a big deal when The Iron Sheik is tweeting about you:
Despite staying out of the spotlight and keeping his college choice a secret, Wiggins' brief announcement dominated the Twitter discussion on Tuesday afternoon.
And while Wiggins' long-awaited decision has finally come, the speculation as to how he and the Jayhawks will fare next season has only begun.
Let the projections begin.
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