Andrew Wiggins: The Nation’s Best Prep Player Keeps Kentucky Waiting

By: 01.22.13
Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins (photo. Nike)

In actuality, there’s no game so bad that Towns – or Wiggins – couldn’t still have their pick of universities. But the reasoning still made sense. UK coach John Calipari recently attended one of Towns’ games, and the 7-foot center said he was free to implement the advice Calipari had given him without his decision hovering over his head.

Speaking of Kentucky, the leaders for Wiggins’ services are generally acknowledged to be the Wildcats and Florida State, where both his parents were student-athletes. North Carolina and Kansas are also in the mix; visits to both schools are in the plans. (Wiggins’ parents have signed off on every college on his list.)

“Deep down, I think he may know where he wants to go,” Fulford said. “But I think he hates making decisions.”

Prep has played six games in Kentucky this year in front of about 35,000 people, and Fulford said Wiggins – who he describes as “sheltered” in West Virginia – was hardly comfortable with that level of attention. For a kid who seems rankled by the intense scrutiny of the recruitment process, the pro-style program of Kentucky offers much the same level of attention for someone of Wiggins’ talents, even with a star-studded group of 2013 recruits already headed there.

Florida State, on the other hand, is far from a basketball powerhouse. FSU is 10-7 this season, with losses to South Alabama and Mercer on their ledger. During Wiggins’ official visit, he attended their game against Florida, which the Seminoles lost, 72-47. The fans held up signs and chanted his name, but it was still nothing like the hysteria he’d deal with during a year in Lexington.

For a kid who almost certainly will spend just one year in college, perhaps the lower-key atmosphere surrounding FSU’s basketball program would better suit him. That said, perhaps Wiggins will determine that the Kentucky spotlight would be a better crash course for the bright lights of NBA arenas.

Whichever way Wiggins eventually tilts, it’s unlikely his announcement will come with the fanfare that has been in vogue with other recent big-time recruits. Fulford said the organizers of the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Classic, both of whom have been pursuing an announcement from Wiggins to take place at their events, will likely be disappointed.

“Obviously, ESPN wants (his decision), but he won’t do that,” Fulford said. “That’s not his style.

“I think he’ll send a text message, and that’s going to be that.”

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