Andrew Wiggins, the top high school player in the nation, one of the best players in the last decade and consensus number one draft pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has finally made a decision. Wiggins, has announced he’s selected to attend Kansas University in the fall.
BREAKING: Andrew Wiggins, No. 1 player in the class of 2013, announces his commitment to Kansas. Kansas has the No. 2 class in the country.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 14, 2013
The announcement came at a small ceremony at his high school, Huntington Prep (W.Va.) which included a small circle of family, friends, team mates and one reporter.
Wiggins, who keeps a low profile, never showed any indication which school he would attend. Some suggested he would attend Florida State University, as both of his parents attended the school in the past. His former team-mate Xavier-Rathan-Mayas, another Ontario native committed to Florida State earlier this year. His father was an NBA player and his mother was a track star. Florida State also had the most contact with Wiggins. The Seminoles were the favourites.
Others suggested the University of Kentucky, as John Calipari, who recruited possibly the best draft class this upcoming year, was connected to him for a long time.
North Carolina gave him a chance, and while he would had family in the area and would fit well with Chapel Hill; the Tar-Heels didn’t have much contract with him.
Nonetheless, it would appear coach Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks would welcome Wiggins in the fall. With Kansas losing four seniors including Ben McLemore, Wiggins could now be the go-to guy on the roster. He could be the missing piece and make them a final four contender once again. He’s able to lockdown on a defender and improve offensively.
Besides being the number one pick overall in the 2014 NBA draft, Wiggins could also be an All-American next season. At 6’8″, Wiggins could play multiple positions, which could create matchup problems on the court. He’s skills separate himself from his peers. Wiggins is supremely athletic, can knock down the three ball, the mid-range shots, and can finish at the rim in transition.
Defensively, he can be one of the best defenders in the country. His size and length gives him a boost where he can guard all positions in the post or in perimeter.
With their seniors gone, Kansas would welcome back their top veterans, Naadir Thrape and Perry Ellis. The team, without their seniors, wouldn’t even be a Big 12 contender next year. However with Wiggins in the mix, the team is now a threat and could potentially make it in the Final Four.
Wiggins will also join freshmen Joel Embiid, Wayne Selden, Conner Frankamp and Brannen Green as an official Kansas Jayhawk.