Wiggins watch: Decision dates from previous No. 1s

 Posted by at 2:19 PM on May 6, 2013
May 062013
Andrew Wiggins will choose either Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina or Kansas. Photo courtesy of McDonald

Andrew Wiggins will choose Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina or Kansas.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

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.


  3 Responses to “Wiggins watch: Decision dates from previous No. 1s”

  1. Andrew Wiggins just went to the prom with girlfriend Mychal Johnson, who signed with Notre Dame for women’s basketball. It is not difficult to determine which of Wiggins’ top college choices is closest to Notre Dame. Kentucky is closest. It’s a done deal.

  2. This poor guy has 2 schools wanting him to lead them to the Promised Land, a third school who want him to help them get packed for this trip, and a fourth who want him to join them for the last leg of their journey to the Promised Land. Since this decision is difficult, I have to believe that the difficulty is choosing between the 2 schools. If that is the case, choose KS because their coach is better than the NC coach.

  3. UK is the clear choice why he would you go any else.He will be the Number 1 pick in the draft and possibly have a National Title to take with him…….BBN 4 LIFE

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