Wiggins is a disciple of Jordan – a film room junkie and devoted student of M.J.’s game – which bodes well for North Carolina’s standing. His older brother, Nick, is a junior at Wichita State, two hours south of Lawrence. That can’t hurt Kansas. But it’s a deep-seated relationship Wiggins shares with his parents, more powerful than any legacy or rough proximity, that has the Canadian-born super-prospect thinking garnet and gold.
His father, Mitchell, was a two-year starter at Florida State and former NBA first-round draft pick. His mother, Marita Payne, was an All-American track star at the school. But no star in the Wiggins family is brighter than the 18-year-old Andrew, who, in committing to Leonard Hamilton, could complete the most prolific family tree in the history of Florida State athletics.
Wiggins was blown away by his unofficial visit to Tallahassee earlier this year, where he watched Florida beat down Florida State while being courted by dazzling female undergrads. And while Wiggins is unswayed by FSU’s on-court struggles this season, the vibe on campus definitely piqued his interest.
“If they weren’t already in front because of his parents, that trip put the Noles in the driver’s seat,” the source submitted. “Any reservations Andrew may have had about the school, the campus life, the environment were wiped away for good.”
Florida State, of course, has the advantage of being the only school Wiggins has toured on an official visit. The coveted recruit has set a tentative timeline for his remaining three trips – Kentucky for February 27, Kansas for March 3 and North Carolina for March 9.
“He won’t have a clear idea on a decision until after he takes the rest of his visits,” the source clarified. “Those powerhouse programs still have time to leave their mark.”
“But if they’re banking on wooing [Wiggins] with these jazzy presentations,” the source cautioned, “they’re wasting everyone’s time.”
A 6-foot-8 swingman with uncanny athleticism, a 7-foot wingspan and unstoppable offensive arsenal – even if his jump shot needs work – Wiggins reclassified into his original class (2013) to accelerate his NBA timeline. Before he can begin collecting checks, high school basketball’s most recognizable name still has a college commitment to sort out.
Andrew Wiggins isn’t any ordinary athletic prospect. Let his novel approach to the recruiting process demonstrate it isn’t just his hooping ability that separates him from the rest.