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Oct 162013
 
Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins was on the cover of Sports Illustrated this month.

Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins was on the cover of Sports Illustrated this month.

Kentucky fans are no strangers to the hoopla that surrounds Andrew Wiggins.

Wiggins — after flirting with Kentucky and a couple of other schools — is now a freshman at Kansas and considered by some to be the best player in college basketball.

Oklahoma State Coach — and UK alum — Travis Ford sounds like he’s had his fill of the hype.

Ford spoke at Oklahoma State’s Media Day on Monday about Wiggins and the rival Jayhawks’ chances of winning the Big 12 again this season.

“Kansas is still the favorite,” Ford said. “Wiggins is, from what I understand, the best player to ever play. I’ve seen him play and he’s really good. They’re still the No. 1 team and should be.

“They’ve got tons of talent, they’ve got depth, they’ve got the best player to ever play at Kansas and that’s a pretty good deal.”

Oklahoma State travels to Lawrence to face the Jayhawks on Jan. 18. The two schools are co-favorites to win the Big 12 this season, according to the pre-season coaches’ poll.

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May 132013
 
Andrew Wiggins will choose either Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina or Kansas on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of McDonald's

Andrew Wiggins will choose either Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina or Kansas on Tuesday.
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No more rumors, sources or guesswork.

Andrew Wiggins — the No. 1 high school basketball player in the country — will end all speculation Tuesday when he announces his college decision at 12:15 p.m. from his high school in Huntington, W.Va.

The finalists are Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas. Only one of them will be happy with the conclusion of this long, sometimes strange, trip that consumed the recruiting world. The other three will probably just be glad it’s over.

Here’s a look at the highlights of Wiggins’ winding recruitment, from his roots in Canada to his big day in West Virginia:

August 2011: Wiggins, who had been a student at Vaughan Secondary School in his native Ontario, transfers to play for Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.Va. Around this time, he makes his debut as the consensus No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2014.

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May 122013
 

The wait for Andrew Wiggins is almost over.

Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford announced Sunday night that Wiggins will sign with a school shortly after noon Tuesday.

Wiggins — the No. 1 overall basketball player in the class of 2013 – will choose Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State or Kansas.

UK fans have grown accustomed to seeing their top incoming recruits announce their college destination during live press conferences broadcast nationally on ESPN.

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May 112013
 

On Tuesday, the college basketball world could finally find out where Andrew Wiggins is headed.

Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford told the Herald-Leader on Saturday night that a Tuesday announcement is not out of the question, following a tweet from 24/Sports analyst Jerry Meyer that said he was “expecting” a decision from Wiggins on that day.

Both of Wiggins’ parents, who live in Toronto, are expected to arrive in Huntington on Monday. Fulford has said several times in recent weeks that Wiggins would decide no later than Wednesday, which is the final day of the regular signing period.

Wiggins — the No. 1 rated player in the class of 2013 — is considering UK, North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas.

Meyer and several of his 24/7 Sports colleagues are predicting that Wiggins will choose the Seminoles. Both of the 6-foot-8 forward’s parents were standout athletes at Florida State.

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May 062013
 
Andrew Wiggins will choose either Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina or Kansas. Photo courtesy of McDonald's

Andrew Wiggins will choose Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina or Kansas.
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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:

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Apr 222013
 
Andrew Wiggins met with UK Coach John Calipari late last month in Huntington.  Photo courtesy of McDonald's

Andrew Wiggins met with UK Coach John Calipari late last month in Huntington.
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Andrew Wiggins has canceled his in-person visits with the head coaches from North Carolina, Kansas and Florida State that were scheduled for this week.

Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford confirmed to the Herald-Leader that Wiggins would not meet with Roy Williams, Bill Self or Leonard Hamilton. Williams was scheduled to be in Huntington today, Self on Tuesday and Hamilton on Wednesday.

Instead, Wiggins will talk to all three coaches over the phone. Wednesday is the last day that coaches can meet with prospective recruits.

Fulford told the Herald-Leader that Wiggins was “drained” from his recent trip to the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., which included two canceled flights on the way home. As of 10:15 a.m., Wiggins had not returned to Huntington due to the travel problems.

UK Coach John Calipari visited Wiggins in Huntington on March 28.

Fulford added that there is still “no timetable” for a college announcement from the No. 1-rated prospect in the class of 2013.

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Wiggins helps World win another Hoop Summit

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Apr 202013
 
UK signee Andrew Harrison scored 19 points for Team USA on Saturday night.  Photo: Sam Forencich/USA Basketball

UK signee Andrew Harrison scored 19 points for Team USA on Saturday night.
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Andrew Wiggins helped lead the World Select team to a victory in the Nike Hoop Summit for the second consecutive year Saturday.

Wiggins scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists for the World, which won 112-98 over a Team USA squad that included UK signees Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison.

UK commitment Karl Towns – whose mother is from the Dominican Republic – had seven points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench for the World team.

Wiggins, a native of Canada, scored 20 points to lead the World to a win over Team USA in last year’s Nike Hoop Summit, which is played in Portland, Ore.

Randle and Andrew Harrison each scored 19 points for the U.S., which was led by Duke commitment Jabari Parker’s 22 points. Randle had a team-high eight rebounds and Harrison dished out a team-high five assists.

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Apr 172013
 

North Carolina announced Tuesday night that James Michael McAdoo will return to Chapel Hill for his junior season. If super recruit Andrew Wiggins was waiting to get a clear picture of his finalists, McAdoo’s decision would have been the last major move for him to consider.

The chart below shows how Wiggins would fit in next season at Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State. In the past few days, several national media outlets have released early Top 25 rankings for the 2013-14 season. UK has been No. 1 in all of them. North Carolina has typically been in the back half of the Top 10, and Kansas is usually in the 15-20 range. Florida State has only been mentioned in a few.

Check out the chart (starting lineups are best guesses), and keep reading for the relevant stats on each team:

2013-14 Lineups with Wiggins
Pos Kentucky Kansas North Carolina Florida State
PG Andrew Harrison Naadir Tharpe Marcus Paige Devon Bookert
SG Aaron Harrison Wayne Selden P.J. Hairston Ian Miller
SF Andrew Wiggins Andrew Wiggins Andrew Wiggins Andrew Wiggins
PF Julius Randle Perry Ellis Isaiah Hicks Okaro White
C Willie Cauley-Stein Joel Embiid James Michael McAdoo Kiel Turpin
Bench Bench Bench Bench
Alex Poythress (F) Brannen Greene (G) Leslie McDonald (G) Terrance Shannon (F)
James Young (G/F) Jamari Traylor (F) Brice Johnson (F) Xavier Rathan-Mayes (G)
Dakari Johnson (C) Conner Frankamp (G) Kennedy Meeks (C) Aaron Thomas (G)
Marcus Lee (F) Frank Mason (G) Nate Britt (G) Jarquez Smith (F)
Kyle Wiltjer (F) Landen Lucas (F) JP Tokoto (F) Terry Whisnant II (G)
Derek Willis (F) Andrew White III (G) Joel James (F) Montay Brandon (G)
Dominique Hawkins (G) Desmond Hubert (F) Boris Bojanovsky (C)

 
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Apr 092013
 
Andrew Wiggins participated in the McDonald's All-American Game last week and will play in the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday. Photo courtesy of McDonald's

Andrew Wiggins participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game last week and will play in the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

Andrew Wiggins probably won’t be making his announcement from this weekend’s Jordan Brand Classic, his coach said Tuesday.

Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford told the Herald-Leader that it is “highly unlikely” the country’s No. 1 prospect will announce his college decision at the Nike-sponsored event.

Fulford is the head coach of the East team, which will include Wiggins and UK commitments Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison. Future Wildcats James Young, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee will represent the West.

The Huntington Prep coach said Wiggins will announce his decision sometime before the conclusion of the regular signing period, which starts April 17 and runs through May 15.

Wiggins will choose between UK, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas. The 6-foot-8 forward from Toronto has already made official visits to each of those schools.

The Jordan Brand Classic will be shown live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Apr 022013
 
Andrew Wiggins competed in the dunk contest Monday night in Chicago. Photo courtesy of McDonald's

Andrew Wiggins competed in the dunk contest Monday night in Chicago.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

CHICAGO — Andrew Wiggins might not be the most forthcoming McDonald’s All-American in town this week, but he says he’s not averse to the attention.

The No. 1 overall prospect in high school basketball was once again the center of the scrum at McDonald’s media day in the United Center on Tuesday.

He still doesn’t have a timetable for his college decision — no surprise there — but he does understand all of the interest.

“I don’t mind it. It’s something that I’ve gotten used to over the course of the years,” Wiggins told the latest gaggle of reporters. “I think I’m blessed that I’m getting all the attention.”

Then he added …

“I can always say ‘No.’ I just don’t mind doing it.”

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