The most hyped high school player since Lebron James in 2003, has finally chosen where he is going to play next season. Instead of going to the NBA like James, did, Andrew Wiggins is taking his talents to Kansas.
With one newspaper reporter at the signing ceremony, Wiggins made the announcement at Huntington Prep (W.Va.) that included family and friends.
The Canada native had been at the top of the class of 2013 for a few years, above players like Jabari Parker. and Julius Randle.Wiggins was the same sought-after player when he was a member of the 2014 class, but the decision to reclassify ramped things up in a major way.
The decision had come down to four schools, Florida State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas. Florida State had been where both of his parents had gone to school, with his dad going to the NBA and his mother being an Olympic track star. So in the early stages of recruiting, the Seminoles were the top choice.
Kentucky was connected to him for a long time, and seemingly every elite recruit is joining John Calipari’s Wildcats nowadays. North Carolina would’ve given Wiggins a chance to be the go-to-guy from the start.
Yet it was the Jayhawks and coach Bill Self who beat everyone out.
With the signing of Wiggins, the Jayhawks have the chance to now be a Final Four contender, with Andrew being a main player.
Wiggins is immediately a leading candidate to be an All-American next season, as he is also the heavy favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. The hype is real. The 6″8 guard can play multiple positions and creates a difficult matchup for anyone. His main strong point is attacking the rim, much like Lebron, however Wiggins can knock down shots from the perimeter, and is also adept in the mid-range.
On the defensive side of the ball, Wiggins has the attributes to be one of the best defenders in the nation.His length and size enable him to guard every position on the court, whether on the perimeter or in the post. Wiggins has the ability to be a lockdown defender, but he has plenty of room to improve on the offensive end.
Kansas, who has lost all five defenders from last season , obviously got better with this major signing. On paper, the Jayhawks weren’t even a Big 12 contender, now like I said earlier, they can make a run at the Final Four.
And now, the Andrew Wiggins circus is over.