Wiggins shrugs off questions about his recruitment

 Posted by at 3:30 PM on April 1, 2013
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CHICAGO — Andrew Wiggins was asked about a timetable for his college decision three times on three spots on the court after Monday’s McDonald’s All-American practice.

He responded with a shrug. All three times.

“I’ll do it when I’m ready,” he said.

What have the six UK commitments in Chicago been saying to lure him to Lexington?

“Just different stuff,” he said.

What was his reaction when Julius Randle committed to the Cats?

“I don’t remember,” he said with a laugh.

As usual, Wiggins was short on words when it came to recruiting. The No. 1 prospect in the country has narrowed his choice to four schools — UK, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas — but he’s on his own timetable.

The 6-foot-8 forward said John Calipari “basically just wanted to show his face” when the UK coach turned up for a visit at Huntington Prep last week. “That’s always great,” Wiggins said.

But that’s about as much as he was willing to divulge Monday. He spent two hours running drills with East teammates Randle and Dakari Johnson, two five-star recruits who committed to Kentucky earlier this year.

Johnson said he thought Wiggins enjoyed playing with him and Randle during Sunday’s practice, which was closed to the media.

On Monday, Randle was asked what his recruiting pitch to Wiggins would be. He said he hoped his actions on the court would speak louder than his words.

His plan: “Pass him the ball out here and be like, ‘This is what you’ll get next year.'”

Randle, an accomplished passer for a post player, did indeed defer to Wiggins quite a bit during Monday’s practice. And he wanted to make it clear that those passes wouldn’t stop if Wiggins decides to join him at UK next season.

“I don’t know if he was paying attention to it, but that’s something I would do for anybody,” Randle said. “That’s something that’s a part of my game — setting people up. Because the defense likes to collapse on me a lot. So if he saw that, he’ll understand that he’ll get a lot of that next year. It’ll be hard to guard everybody next year, for sure.”


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