The recruitment of uber-talented high school swingman Andrew Wiggins has taken on the feel of a national mystery. Or better yet, considering Wiggins’ Canadian roots, an international mystery.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 senior from Huntington Prep (W.Va.), is slated to take an official visit to Kansas starting on Sunday. He’s reportedly scheduled to stay in town for the Jayhawks’ senior-day matchup with Texas Tech on Monday night. And for now, that’s about the most concrete and specific information available on the consensus No. 1 player in the 2013 class.
Here are a few more details:
** Wiggins, a native of Thornhill, Ontario, is still considering Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina, in addition to Kansas. Wiggins previously visited Florida State and Kentucky, and he’s set to visit North Carolina next week, according to Rivals.com.
** Wiggins is the son of Mitchell Wiggins, a former NBA shooting guard and Marita Payne-Wiggins, an Olympic sprinter who won two silver medals for Canada at the 1984 Olympic Games. Both parents attended school at Florida State, a detail that has caused many to believe that Florida State is in the pole position.
** Wiggins' older brother Nick is a junior guard at Wichita State. Before playing for the Shockers, Nick Wiggins played two seasons in the JUCO ranks.
** Last October, Wiggins reclassified from the Class of 2014 to the Class of 2013, which was his original class. He had previously decided to use an extra year of prep school and slide into the 2014 class.
** If he were eligible for the NBA Draft this summer, Wiggins would potentially be the No. 1 overall pick. He's that good. That, of course, is a subjective opinion. But one unnamed college coach told Sports Illustrated that Wiggins had a higher upside than former All-Star Tracy McGrady, while another said that Wiggins could have a "(Kevin) Durant-like impact" if he chose Florida State.
Based on all that, the consensus among national recruiting analysts is that Kansas is an underdog when it comes to landing Wiggins. The Jayhawks currently have five players signed in the 2013 class, including four top-40 recruits: guards Conner Frankamp, Wayne Selden and Brannen Greene and center Joel Embiid. Kansas has also signed prep-school point guard Frank Mason.
KU currently has one open scholarship, but it would have another if freshman guard Ben McLemore declares for the NBA Draft.