Where Will Andrew Wiggins Play?
But he’s at least narrowed it down to four schools: Florida State, Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky.
With Kentucky, he’d create a potentially unbeatable force in Lexington, a preseason heavy favorite to take the NCAA Championship. With North Carolina, he’d improve an already solid team and form an intriguing matchup with Duke’s incoming Freshman Jabari Parker.
Now with throwing biases aside, where would you like to see Wiggins end up next season? Would the NCAA benefit from having a Kentucky powerhouse or is it better for the NCAA to even out its talent more?
Let’s look at the options in a little more detail:
- Florida State
The Seminoles had a disappointing 2012-2013 campaign, finishing 18-16 and losing in the first round of the NIT. Now they’ll be without leading scorer Michael Snaer, and will have to rely on Forward Okaro White to step up as the team’s new leader - unless Wiggins joins the picture, of course. And the most attracting asset for Wiggins? His Huntington Prep teammate Xavier Rathan-Mays has already commit to FSU, the teams lone top-50 recruit - for now.
Wiggins or not, the Jayhawks are going to have a different-looking team this season. Kansas is losing their entire starting lineup and could potentially be in line for a tough season if Wiggins doesn’t offer his “talents.” With three of Rivals’s top 30 recruits on their way in - Guard Wayne Selden (12), 7-Foot Center Joel Emblid (25), and Forward Brannen Greene (29) - the team will undoubtedly have talent, but likely an extremely young core of players.
- North Carolina
This year’s recruiting class is lacking for now, with only one top-50 recruit in Forward Isiah Hicks (16), but a good load of returning talent could make the Tar Heels extremely dangerous if Wiggins signs on. The only significant losses for North Carolina are Reggie Bullock and Dexter Strickland. Coming back for another year are PJ Hairston, James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige. Throw Wiggins into that picture and the Tar Heels gain instant National Title Contender discussion.
Ok, so lets first look at what they’re already bringing in this year:
Forward Julius Randle (2)
Guards Andrew (5) and Aaron (7) Harrison
Center Dakari Johnson (9)
Forward James Young (11)
Forward Marcus Lee (19)
That’s 4 top-10 recruits and 6 top-20’s. Throw #1 recruit Wiggins into the equation and you have one of the most highly anticipated recruiting classes in the history of the NCAA.
Despite losing Nerlens Noel and Archie Goodwin to the NBA, Kentucky returns starting Forward Alex Poythress and 7-Foot Center Willie Cauley-Stein, so it’s pretty safe to say the Wildcats will be a team to watch in 2013-2014.