LAWRENCE — The wait for Andrew Wiggins continues.
Wiggins, a Kansas target and the most highly sought-after prize in the class of 2013, has given little public indication about where he’ll be playing basketball next season. But on Monday, Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 swingman at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), reportedly decided to cancel remaining in-home visits with Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State.
The news, which was first reported by CBSSports.com, appeared to suggest that Wiggins could be leaning toward Kentucky, the remaining school on his list. The rumor mill began to swirl, and why not? Kentucky coach John Calipari, for now, is the only coach to enjoy a home visit with Wiggins, the Canadian native who has been called the best high school prospect since LeBron James.
But according to Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford, Wiggins’ decision to cancel the visits stemmed mostly from a grueling travel schedule. Wiggins scored 17 points on Saturday in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, capping an extended stay on the high school all-star circuit.
“Andrew will ... still be speaking with everyone by phone,” Fulford posted on his Twitter account. “(He) hasn't made it in from Portland yet. (He) has been stuck in airports with cancellations.”
The spring signing period runs until May 15, and the intrigue will continue to build until Wiggins announces his destination.
Wiggins took an official visit to KU for the Jayhawks’ Senior Night in early March, while Kentucky and Florida State — where both of Wiggins’ parents attended school — have long been thought to be the favorites. Wiggins, of course, has given few clues and remained relatively quiet during his high-profile recruitment.
Kentucky has already landed six of the top 20 players in the class of 2013, but KU coach Bill Self has pieced together a class that is ranked second nationally by Rivals.com.
The Jayhawks’ class includes four players — Wayne Selden, Joel Embiid, Brannen Greene and Conner Frankamp — rated in the top 34 of Rivals’ top 150, and a fifth, guard Frank Mason, is ranked 76th overall.