ESPN Andrew Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 small forward and the top player in the senior class, has signed a national letter of intent with the Kansas Jayhawks after considering Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina. Wiggins, the best Canadian prospect since Steve Nash, averaged 23.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists for Huntington Prep in West Virginia last season. He was named the Naismith High School player of the year. He signed the letter of intent at a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon in Huntington, W.Va. Rob Fulford, the head coach at Huntington Prep, envisions a smooth transition out of his star to the college game. “I don’t know that he’s got to change anything,” Fulford said Monday. “He’s wired to score and I think that’s what he’ll do. He’s going to continue to be who he is. “I think he’s going to be a great college player but I think he’ll be a better pro because of the way the defenses are. You can’t guard him in space.” Wiggins, the son of a former NBA draft pick and Canadian Olympian, hit the genetic lottery. His parents attended and were star athletes at Florida State. The Seminoles were a major player in his recruitment but in the end, Kansas was the choice. During Wiggins’ recruitment, it was reported he had the best relationship with Kansas’ Bill Self among the coaches at the schools in consideration. Before Tuesday’s decision, Wiggins had shut down his recruitment and communication with his suitors. “There hasn’t been a ton of communication between the college coaches and Andrew,” Fulford said. “I think they’d all probably tell you they don’t really know where they stand.” Initially rated as a 2014 prospect, Wiggins shot to the top of recruiting charts when he decided last October to reclassify into his original high school class of 2013. He had until Wednesday to sign with a Division I school. Numerous times during the process, Wiggins hinted that he did not enjoy the media attention and wasn’t thrilled with the process. At Kansas, he’ll be under the glare of the national media. His coach isn’t worried. “I think it’s something he’s going to have to adjust to,” Fulford said. “From this point on, it’ll be more about his game. Everything that’s been talked about or written about up to know have been 15 percent game and 85 percent ‘where you going?’ He hated the recruiting conversations and he shied away from most media attention because of that.” Kansas, which had the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class, strengthened its hold on the spot, trailing only Kentucky. Headed to Lawrence next year are guards Wayne Selden, Conner Frankamp, Brannen Greene and Frank Mason. The nation’s No. 1 center Joel Embiid is also on board.
The number one recruit in the country has picked Kansas, Andrew Wiggins is already being projected as the 2014 NFL Draft, and scouts say he would be the no-brainer first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft if he were eligible. Everyone is now on the 2013 Kansas Jayhawks bandwagon, and with good reason, scouts are saying that Wiggins is the best NBA prospect since LeBron James and he should absolutely dominate the college game next season. I have heard Wiggins compared to LeBron James, and I advise everyone to stop with that comparison, If LeBron was forced to play a year of college (like Wiggins) I maintain that he would have had the most ridiculous college statistics of All-Time. I am not kidding when I say I think LeBron could have averaged 30 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks per game as a college freshman. Wiggins does not have LeBron’s muscle or court vision, but athletically he is close, and he should be able to score and rebound at will as a freshman. There are no visible holes in Wiggins game, he’s a 6’8 shooting guard who can handle the ball and who compares favorably to Tracy McGrady in his prime. This is why, if I land the first overall pick in the 2013 Draft, I select injured Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel. I let Noel sit until after the All-Star Break, or maybe the whole season, let him rehab his knee and lose a lot of basketball games. I would hope to land the top overall selection two seasons in a row, and start fresh in 2014 with a healthy Noel and the most promising NBA prospect we have seen since LeBron James in Andrew Wiggins. If a general manager gets ownership’s approval to make these moves, they could be the type of moves that could save a dying NBA franchise, and turn a horrible team into a playoff team quickly.