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Why Wiggins would go No. 1 in 2013

Updated: May 14, 2013, 5:58 PM ET
By Chad Ford

Kentucky's Nerlens Noel has been atop our Big Board all year, and he might be the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

However, he's not the best amateur basketball player in the United States.

That honor goes to Canadian Andrew Wiggins, who announced Tuesday he will play college ball at Kansas this fall.

I spent Monday talking to a number of NBA general managers and scouts about Wiggins' NBA potential. Here's the lowdown:

Q: Would Wiggins really be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft?

Every GM and scout in the league with whom I've spoken believes Wiggins would be the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft if he were eligible. Every one.

"Noel is a really good NBA prospect. He's just not a franchise-changing player," said one GM whose team will be in the draft lottery. "[However,] Wiggins is one of the three or four best prospects in the last decade. He has the ability to completely turn around a franchise. All 30 teams would take him with the No. 1 pick if they could."

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