LAWRENCE — In the coming months, Andrew Wiggins will arrive at Kansas as the most highly anticipated freshman of the last decade. (Maybe two decades.)
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
He is the top recruit in the country, and the kind of player that get tagged with the “one-and-done” label and ridiculous expectations. If things go as planned, his stay at KU will likely be measured in months.
But Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 swingman, has earned a reputation as a different sort of budding superstar. Quiet. Humble. Shies from the spotlight. That kind of stuff.
And if KU fans are curious about the kid behind the hype, here’s some new evidence from an open letter that Wiggins wrote to the community of Huntington, W.Va., where Wiggins spent the last two years starring for Huntington Prep at St. Joseph Central Catholic H.S.
Wiggins, a native of Thornhill, Ontario, lived with a host family in Huntington while finishing high school. And the letter, which was published in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, thanked his coaches, classmates, host family and even the janitor at the high school.
Wiggins is expected to arrive at Kansas later this summer. KU coach Bill Self said last week that he was still sorting through Wiggins’ summer schedule, but it could likely include a spot on the U-19 Canadian National team at the U-19 World Championships, which begin in late June in Prague, Czech Republic.
Here’s a portion of Wiggins’ letter:
I just wanted to thank Huntington for your support for me and my Huntington Prep teammates and coaches these past two years. Without the community, none of what has been accomplished would have been attainable. I hope that when you hear or read my name, you are proud to say I played my high school days here in Huntington. Because I am proud to say I played here.
I like to represent my hometown of Thornhill, Ontario, and my country of Canada in a positive light and I will do the same for Huntington and for my team and coaches of Huntington Prep. It has been such a positive experience and I would advise any player to come to Huntington Prep.
One of the best things about my experience here is St. Joseph Central Catholic H.S. where we all attend. There are a lot of good people in that building from the principal to the teachers to the janitor; I will never forget all the positive influences they have been in my development as a young man.
… I am from Canada and I am going to Kansas to play college basketball. I will hopefully be drafted to a city that I enjoy. But I will always have a place for Huntington in my heart and memories. I will not forget all the sacrifices they made for me and my teammates. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.