It’s looking more and more as if Andrew Wiggins will hold off on a college decision until May 15, the final day of the regular signing period.
Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford told the Herald-Leader on Monday that nothing has changed in Wiggins’ recruitment. The No. 1 high school prospect is considering four schools — UK, North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas — and he plans to announce his intentions by May 15. Other than that deadline, there is no timetable for an announcement.
The past eight players deemed No. 1 in their class by Scout.com have all made college decisions before this stage in their recruitment. The latest any of those players waited was April 11, which is when Nerlens Noel committed to Kentucky last year.
Here’s a look — by commitment date — of past No. 1s:
Sept. 16 before junior season: Josh McRoberts (2005) to Duke
May 22 following junior season: Brandon Jennings (2008) to Arizona*
June 29 following junior season: Greg Oden (2006) to Ohio State
August 13 before senior season: Anthony Davis (2011) to Kentucky
Nov. 13 during senior season: Harrison Barnes (2010) to UNC
Nov. 15 during senior season: O.J. Mayo (2007) to Southern Cal
Jan. 14 during senior season: Derrick Favors (2009) to Ga. Tech
April 11 after senior season: Nerlens Noel (2012) to Kentucky
(*-Jennings played overseas instead of attending Arizona)
A May 15 announcement by Wiggins would put him more than a month later than Noel, but it wouldn’t be the latest high-profile decision by a top high school prospect in recent years.
John Wall was rated No. 2 in 2009 — some services had him at No. 1 — and he waited until May 19 after his senior season before committing to Kentucky. In 2007, Patrick Patterson waited until May 16 after his senior season to commit to the Wildcats.
The wait for Wiggins continues, but UK fans have waited longer.