The speculation is officially over as the nation’s top basketball recruit Andrew Wiggins announced that he will play for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks next year. The highly-touted small forward picked Kansas over Kentucky, Florida State, and North Carolina.
Wiggins’ decision comes after months of debate between scouts and coaches alike as to where the young man would end up. The 18-year-old quickly rose to the top of everyone’s recruiting boards as a standout at Huntington (W. Va) Prep. Born and raised in Ontario, the 6-foot-7 Canadian was originally set for the 2014 recruiting class but he reclassified in 2012 so he could join the college ranks a year earlier.
He was instantly named the No. 1 recruit above Jabari Parker, who announced he will play for coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University. Andrew Wiggins announced his decision on Tuesdsay morning in front of friends and family to end all the speculation.
He joins a Jayhawks’ recruiting class that is ranked second in the nation behind John Calipari and Kentucky. Kansas has also brought in the No. 12 overall recruit in Wayne Seldon along with No. 25 Joel Embiid and No. 29 Brannen Greene.
No signing is more important to Bill Self than bringing in Andrew Wiggins, as the future star has plenty of room to grow and is already considered the best defensive player in all of high school basketball.
Wiggins also has a knack for going well above the rim and slamming home monster dunks in the process. His transition game is getting better and better while he’s also developed a jump shot.
The big-time prospect will go into Kansas with even bigger expectations as the team looks to improve on last year’s run that ended in the Sweet 16. There hasn’t been many five-star recruits with the talent and potential that Wiggins has, making things a little easier for Bill Self, who will go into the season without any of his five starterss from last year’s team.
Here’s highlights of Andrew Wiggins at the 2013 McDonald’s All-American Game:
Does Kansas have a shot at the National Championship in the 2013-14 season after Andrew Wiggins announced that he will be joining the team in Lawrence?
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