CHICAGO — There are no plans for Andrew Wiggins to announce a commitment during this week’s McDonald’s All-American festivities, but that’s not going to stop the questions.
Everyone wants to know: Where’s Wiggins going to go?
Don’t bother asking any of Kentucky’s half-dozen McDonald’s All-Americans. They don’t know any more than the rest of us.
“I have no clue,” James Young told the Herald-Leader. “I try not to talk to him about it, because everyone’s always surrounding him. It’s his decision, so I’m pretty sure he’ll make the right one.”
Will the right one be UK? Florida State? North Carolina? Kansas?
It could be a while before the No. 1 prospect in high school basketball spills the beans. Wiggins told the Chicago Tribune on Sunday that he plans to pick one of those four schools by “mid-May.”
For this week, at least, he’ll be teammates with UK commitments Julius Randle and Dakari Johnson.
The trio practiced together for the first time Sunday, but Randle didn’t learn anything from a day spent with Wiggins.
“He’s a quiet guy, so I have no clue,” he said. “I think he’d fit well at Kentucky if he wants to come. But if he doesn’t, I still think we’ll be fine.”
The country’s No. 1 recruiting class — and possibly the best ever — would only get stronger with a commitment from Wiggins. But don’t expect much lobbying this week in Chicago.
Aaron Harrison said he “hated it” when people constantly asked about his recruitment and tried to persuade him to go to one school or another.
Marcus Lee felt the same way.
“I don’t even ask him, because I know there’s a thousand people asking him daily,” Lee said. “I know how that feels when people ask you constantly. So I’m like, ‘Let me not add to that hell.’”
Johnson also says he doesn’t know where Wiggins will end up. But the 7-footer has enjoyed being teamed up with the country’s top player.
Maybe the feeling is mutual.
“Me and Julius, we’re on the team with him and it seems like he enjoys playing with us,” Johnson said. “Every time someone asks him it’s, ‘I don’t know.’ But I have a good feeling he might end up playing at UK.
“He’s obviously a great player. Just playing with him, he frees me up because all of the attention is on him. So if he comes, that’s just another piece.”
That’s as close to a prediction as any of UK’s commitments would get Sunday night.
Johnson ran with the idea, and proceeded to list off all of the players expected to be playing for Kentucky next season. At the end, he added Wiggins’ name to the mix and smiled at the possibilities.
“I mean, how is anybody going to stop that?” he said.