Posted: Jul 9, 2012 12:18 PM by Mike Maharrey
Huntington Prep, W. Va. star forward Andrew Wiggins reportedly likes UK.
ESPN ranks the junior the No. 1 prospect at his position in the class of 2014 and some pundits consider him the best player in the class. He's expressed interest in five schools, including North Carolina, Duke and Syracuse. But his high school coach says two schools have the inside track.
"Right now if I had to say the two that stick out more as far as just been there the longest, it's Florida State and Kentucky," coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv.
Wiggin's mom and dad both attended FSU. His dad, Mitchell Wiggins, went on to play in the NBA. His mom was a Seminole track star who represented Canada on the national stage.
UK's proximity to Huntington doesn't hurt Cal's recruiting efforts. Fulford said the 6-foot-7 205 pounder has visited Lexington on several occasions.
"That school's a great school, great environment, great fans, players and coach," he said.
And Wiggins will likely play just one college season. Coach Calipari's success with "one-and-dones" could give Kentucky another recruiting edge.
Wiggins is originally from Canada, and is reportedly considering reclassifying to graduate in 2013.
"He's a '14 and he's in the correct grade," Fulford said. "In Canada they take so many more classes than we do here kind of on a course level that when you get to transfer over, he's got a lot of credits.
"Our school requires a few extra graduation credits than what public schools do. He has to have a few extra classes, but it's something that if he wants to to, we're going to have to do some extra work. He might take a couple extra classes."