words // Brandon Richard
“Freakishly gifted athlete.” “Impossible to guard.” “The best NBA prospect since LeBron James.”
Those are just some of the items you’ll find on a scouting report about Canadian prep star Andrew Wiggins, now the newest member of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
Wiggins announced his decision earlier today, choosing Kansas over Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State. He now becomes the crown jewel of a very strong six-man freshman class assembled by coach Bill Self.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Wiggins is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and track & field runner Marita Payne. After making a name for himself at Vaughn Secondary School, Wiggins transferred to West Virginia’s Huntington Prep in Fall 2011. Recruiting started to rev up last October when he reclassified from the Class of 2013 to the Class of 2014.
At Huntington Prep, Wiggins was named the 2013 Naismith Prep Player of the Year and 2013 Gatorade Boy’s Basketball National Player of the Year. He’s gone on to compete at several postseason All-Star games, including the McDonald’s All American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit.
Many figure Wiggins will be a “one-and-done” and enter next year’s NBA Draft after one season at Kansas. However, Jayhawks fans have reason to be excited about landing the most heralded recruit in years and another shot at a National Championship.
How do you think Wiggins’ decision changes the landscape of college basketball? Do the “one-and-done” seasons take some of the luster off of these types of announcements?
Jayhawk Nation can celebrate today’s announcement by gearing up for the new season here at Eastbay.
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