Earlier this summer, we attempted to put the name Andrew Wiggins on your radar. If you’re a recruitnik, amateur or otherwise, this was probably not totally necessary: Any top prospect, even in a class years removed from college enrollment, is going to garner his fair share of attention.
But Wiggins was a different story. This summer, the athletic small forward thoroughly dominated the prep scene, particularly the high-profile July Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., where he was head and shoulders above the other top players in his class, and led some recruiting experts to say he’s the best player in any class throughout American high school basketball. Considering those ranks also include Sports Illustrated cover boy Jabari Parker, that’s incredibly lofty praise.
The only downside? We’ll have to almost two years to see Wiggins in a college uniform.
Or will we? According to Wiggins’ high school coach at West Virginia’s Huntington Prep, the star small forward is considering reclassifying to the class of 2013. From the USA Today:
“We support him either way,” said Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford. “He’s going to get with his parents and hopefully figure it out.”
Huntington Prep’s players take their classes at St. Joseph’s Central in Huntington, and Wiggins already has most of the core classes he needs to qualify for NCAA standards, Fulford said.
“He has eight classes a day, and there’s not a lot of fluff classes,” Fulford said. “He has one art class, but the rest are are core classes. He could reclassify, but it’s easier if he decides one way or the other now so we can concentrate on the season.”
Wiggins is considering Florida State, Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse and West Virginia, and rest assured any one of those programs would be thoroughly pleased to see him on campus next fall, as opposed to the fall of 2014. He’s that talented, that dynamic, one of those rare few prospects able to change the trajectory of a college hoops program from the minute he steps on campus. And there are advantages for Wiggins, too. After all, if he can finish school early and begin his one-and-done NBA clock a year ahead of time, well, why not?