Wiggins finally ready to announce college choice
After months of waiting, North Carolina finally will find out if it landed the top men’s basketball recruit in the Class of 2013.
Huntington (W.Va.) Prep small forward Andrew Wiggins is scheduled to announce his college decision at 12:15 p.m. today during a private ceremony at his high school. The Ontario, Canada, native is deciding among UNC, Kentucky, Kansas and Florida State.
Wiggins is the last uncommitted high school senior in the ESPN 100 rankings.
Wiggins has been secretive throughout the recruiting process. Even his high school coach, Rob Fulford, has posted an image on Facebook with the message: “I don’t know where Andrew Wiggins is going.”
Still, the Seminoles are presumed to be the favorites. Both of Wiggins’ parents, Mitchell and Marita, played basketball for Florida State, and high school teammate and close friend Xavier Rathan-Mayes is playing there next season.
Wiggins made his official visit to UNC when the Tar Heels lost to Duke in the regular-season finale. If he chooses UNC, Wiggins would immediately replace junior small forward Reggie Bullock, who has declared for the NBA draft.
He also would become the second top-ranked recruit to pick the Tar Heels in four years, following small forward Harrison Barnes in 2010.
Speaking at a Tar Heel Tour event at the Carolina Theater last week, UNC coach Roy Williams joked that there was a 25 percent chance Wiggins would choose the Tar Heels, because they were one of four schools in the running. He then said he had “no earthly idea” where Wiggins would end up.
Kentucky already has six incoming McDonalds All-Americans, and Wiggins’ commitment would give the Wildcats perhaps the best recruiting class in history. Kansas provides the chance to play for an historic program and is close to Wichita State, where Andrew’s brother Nick is a junior guard.
Unless Wiggins chooses Kansas, he will be appearing in the Triangle this coming season. Florida State will play at Duke and N.C. State in 2013-14, while Kentucky will visit the Smith Center on Dec. 14.