The nation’s top high school basketball player—perhaps the best hoops prospect since LeBron James—confirmed on Thursday what most scouts already knew: He’s ready.
Hunting Prep superstar Andrew Wiggins has decided to reclassify into his original 2013 class, placing him on track for a one-year stop in college for the 2013-14 season. Previously the top player in the 2014 class, the Canadian-born forward now becomes the top overall talent in the senior class, leapfrogging Jabari Parker (Simeon) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood).
Wiggins had contemplated reclassifying since the summer, after breaking out at the LeBron James Skill Academy.
A 6-foot-7 small forward and athletic specimen, Wiggins is strongly considering Florida State and Kentucky. He is also entertaining offers from North Carolina, Ohio State and Kansas. Tar Heels head coach visited Wiggins at his high school earlier this week while the Buckeyes and Jayhawks will be represented at Huntington Prep in the coming days. Syracuse and Duke, two more players in the Wiggins derby, are long-shots.
Florida State and Kentucky have recruited Wiggins the longest, and their efforts have boosted the two schools to the top of the prep phenom’s list. Wiggins’ father, Mitchell, was a two-year starter at Florida State and former NBA first round pick. Also working in Leonard Hamilton’s favor is the addition of coveted 2013 shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who verbally committed to the Seminoles earlier this month. Wiggins is good buddies with Rathan-Mayes, a teammate of his at Huntington Prep, and the two have discussed the possibility of reuniting in college.
Kentucky, meanwhile, has already laid the foundation for what is fast becoming a legendary recruiting class. The Wildcats have notched commitments—all in this month—from high-upside center Marcus Lee, 5-star scoring ace James Young and guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the top set of twins to ever come out of high school. Were Wiggins to join forces with that class of 2013 recruiting quartet (along with Derek Willis, a power forward straight out of the Bluegrass State), the Wildcats would own the top recruiting class all-time, surpassing Michigan’s fabled Fab Five of the early 90s.
Already one of the top recruiting classes of the last 15 years, the current senior class could soon enter the discussion as one of the best crops of high school talent ever. The 2013 class received a jolt last month when Noah Vonleh, one of the top power forwards in the nation regardless of class, reclassified into 2013. But the addition of Wiggins, one of the most heralded recruits of all time, is a different beast entirely.
The class of 2013 was already loaded. Now it’s loaded with the most coveted blue-chip recruit of the last ten years.