The accolades continue to mount for Andrew Wiggins.
On Wednesday, the uncommitted Kentucky recruit was surprised at his high school with the Gatorade National Player of the Year award. Wiggins, a senior at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), is considered the No. 1 player in high school basketball. He averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season and led the Express to a 30-3 record.
Former NBA great Alonzo Mourning made the trip to Huntington to surprise Wiggins with the award, which recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the court.
In addition to his success as a basketball player, Wiggins has a 3.35 GPA and volunteers as a goodwill visitor at the Cabell Huntington Hospital for children.
Last week, Wiggins was in Atlanta to accept his Naismith National Player of the Year trophy. He is also a McDonald’s All-American, Jordan Brand All-American and will represent the World team for the second consecutive year at next month’s Nike Hoop Summit.
The 6-foot-8 Canadian has narrowed his list of schools to UK, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas. There is no timetable for his decision.
Last year’s Gatorade Player of the Year was Jabari Parker, who was then just a junior and will play for Duke next season. Brandon Knight was a two-time winner of the award (2009-10) and is the only Kentucky player who has ever received the honor.
|1987||JR Reid||North Carolina|
|1989||Kenny Anderson||Georgia Tech|
|1994||Felipe Lopez||St. John’s|
|1995||Stephon Marbury||Georgia Tech|
|2001||Kevin Tolbert||Michigan State|
|2005||Greg Oden||Ohio State|
|2006||Greg Oden||Ohio State|