Recruiting Source: Andrew Wiggins High on Florida State, Kentucky's Chances Overstated

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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.

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  • [email protected]

    If wiggins wants no chance at a N.C.A.A title then UNC and FSU has a good chance. UNC not signing one top prospect from this Years hs class and FSU not even so much of a buzz for next years team, makes this all but seem unlikely. M.J and a parents legacy leaves this two teams wishing at best. If he doesn’t choose UK, I would be shocked. UK with an all star line up already poised for success and with no challenge at his current playing possition, I can’t see why this kid would see any better senerio before him. This article is an attempt to pose another angle to his recruitment at best. The source he quotes provided an angle NO ONE person believes is a possibility other then one UNC fan out there that actually believes in coach williams ability to draw any recruit to his old school mentality to coaching kids. A wait and see what two years gets you mentality.

    • Juan Gotti

      How UNC got TWO McDonald’s All-Americans but no TOP PROSPECTS??… a pretty much loaded lineup that’s getting better & almost all are coming back (except for the lone Senior) but no chance at a title??… do you think before you type??

  • [email protected]

    In the voice of steve martin…”well excusssse me” a #14 and a #54 respectively committed to UNC. Sorry I wasn’t aware. These two recruites and your comments make my point even clearer. One recruit a forward, same possition and a team stacked with returning players. All that and roy williams sit the bench until your second year mentality just pushes wiggins more so in UK favor. Thank for the correction.

    • Fix AceCityent

      ^^^^^^ Put down that shit u smoking…. hahahaha

  • Jon Blaze

    UK fans suck balls…they all talk shit about UNC…How is is 1 n dun’s working out this year…ohhhhh coach cal develps NBA talent, fucking BS. I guess his magic wand didnt work this yr did it now u Unversity of Kensucky Wildbrats