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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 12:10 pm  |  62 responses

Andrew Wiggins Will Attend Kansas


by Franklyn Calle / @FrankieC7

The Decision finally happened, except this one wasn’t televised. The most talked about high school player since LeBron James made his college choice at about at 12:09pm today. It has sort of become a ritual of passage for top recruits to make their college announcement by holding press conferences that are usually televised on ESPNU or other networks. But when it was Wiggins’ turn, he handled it different. There were no television cameras, room full of reporters, or hats in front of him to choose from. Just teammates, friends and family. If you read our cover story on him in SLAM 167 then you already known he is different from the average five-star recruit.

“Andrew is not like the other guys,” Huntington Prep assistant coach David Meddings told SLAMonline over the phone about 30 minutes before Wiggins revealed his choice. “He’s humbled and a great kid. He wanted to share this moment with his family, coaches and teammates. It’s very Andrew like to be this tight fit and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

As to how he was able to keep his choice from leaking in an era where bloggers seem to be ahead of it all: “He [did] not let anyone know so who knows when he made up his mind,” added Meddings.

The final list of suitors: Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas. Florida State was believed to have a very good chance all along since both of his parents attended and starred as athletes there. His mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins went on to win two Olympic medals for Canada in track, while his father, Mitchell, went on to play in the NBA–most notably for his years with the Houston Rockets.

Kentucky, who many have anointed as having the best in-coming freshman class in college basketball history, was also always in the mix. Come on, it’s John Calipari we’re talking about here. North Carolina always seemed like a great fit and the roster seemed to perfectly complement Wiggins. Plus, word was that Roy Williams had built a good relationship with him. Kansas seemed to have just of a good chance as the other three, but seemed to be the dark horse.

When it was time for the answer, Wiggins wanted to rock chalk as a Jayhawk. “He loved Bill Self and feels it was the best fit for him and future,” said Meddings moments after the announcement. “We are proud of him.”

Coincidentally, the day we announced the Wiggins cover on our website, I reached out to Mitchell to confirm his address so we could send him some copies of the new issue. He called me back that Tuesday night from the airport, having just gotten back from visiting Kansas with Andrew and Marita. He referred to the visit as going ‘well’ and ‘nice’. Who would have ever thought that it’d marked the start of Wiggins’ road to Kansas?

Let the new era begin.

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  • BigAl#13

    And the 2014 March Madness Champions Are “The Kansas Jayhawks”

  • http://www.facebook.com/DameChamploo Dameon Champloo

    After all this time this fool chose KU wtf…..hes a bust anyway

  • Ray

    He’ll leave after one year of college like all the other guys

  • LP @ThisisEther

    The Recruiting gods are not helping UNC at all..

  • Max

    Whoooow!!!
    Let’s go Jayhawks!

  • RayJr

    Great decision and great fit. I feel like there is always just too much going on and too many distractions in Kentucky because of Coach Cal.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Pretty neat choice. Nice reporting on Andrew all year long, Franklyn!

  • realjlem

    Great pick by Wiggins, as a fan of BBN I always said Kansas would be the best fit to display his abilities. best of luck to him. BBN undefeated next year still!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    interesting..thought this kid was a nike guy..we know what school kansas is!!!

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  • Markus437

    This was pretty shocking considering he passed on the following:

    Go to UK : Be a part of possibly one if the best college teams of all time and the greatest recruiting class, best chance to win a championship, going up against multiple lottery pick players every day and being coaches by cal would get you ready more for the nba IMO

    Go to FSU : become the best player to ever play at FSU, go to college with your best friend, follow your parents footsteps, it’s Florida.

    Go to UNC : Grow the UNC, Duke rivalry even more by going up against Jabari Parker a couple times a year, that’s all I got.

    Clearly I’m a UK fan but I just hope that when we beat Kansas and go for a second championship in three years Andrew doesn’t regret his decision.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    far as i can tell, he wanted to go somewhere that he could try and fit in, without trying to live up to unrealistic expectations.
    .
    Which I think would apply to all 3 of the other schools he was considering.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    idk about Bill Self with him, but i totally understand why he chose Kansas over everywhere else.

  • Max

    Grizz are looking to go to the WCF, Kansas signed Andrew Wiggins.
    2013 is looking good so far.

  • Markus437

    That’s probably true, wherever he plays I hope he excels as he gives us hoop fans in Canada someone to cheer for

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    barring injury, he will be a very good to great player.

  • bike

    I never understood why he was considering KY. Too many big egos and competition for playing time. Kansas is a great fit although UNC would have also been a good choice too.

  • rkirby

    Is this Kansas’s best recruiting class ever?

  • http://twitter.com/DFried615 Daniel Friedman

    See Anthony Bennett, gonna be an NBA lottery pick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/braxton.hartnabrig.1 Braxton P Hartnabrig

    This kid really has the potential to be the next sebastian telfair

  • Max

    Because they are so alike…

  • Junior Taylor

    Yeah…a 6-8 gazelle with otherworldly hops is similar to a 6-0 pg that still can’t shoot 9 years into his pro career.

  • Hingle McCringleberry

    Homie got a strange looking neck. Looks like a traffic cone or somthin’.

  • TR

    Excited to see him play. Every HS kid has an incredible mixtape these days, so it’ll be nice to actually see him do work on the court next year instead of highlights. I don’t expect his numbers to be too crazy though considering how balanced KU usually is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Shane-Long/580141409 Nathan Shane Long

    thankfully this kid did not want to be a Calipari housenigga at Kentucky he realized that the basketball is not big enough in Lexington for all the overrated overhyped to look good and impress the scouts and try to be the 1st overall pick in the 2014 draft so going to kansas and be the “man” just like Mclemore was this season good choice by wiggins

  • CUBA220

    What egos? just cause they are top recruits they have egos?

  • CUBA220

    i’d like to know how u came up with he is a bust when he hasnt even played one game yet in college.

  • CUBA220

    U get the dumbest comment award for the day. Who is your team? How are they overrated and overhyped? What college game have u seen them in to decide they are ball hogs? You prolly said the same thing when Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Marquis Teague went there too. lol… btw your Housen*gga comment is not only offensive but is also another asinine statement you made. i’ll be waiting for your nonsense of a point/rebuttal.

  • CUBA220

    Could u Explain this please lol… i kind of understood it but im not for sure if im right lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    very easy: hating

  • Max

    LOL

  • CUBA220

    lol Game Set Match! hahaha u are exactly right

  • LakeShow

    Funny you saw the saw similarities I did….. …… …..

  • CUBA220

    i saw your reply before it was deleted so here is my answer to it:
    Pretty much all you are doing is hating on UK. Cause i bet you would not be crying like you are now if the caliber of talent UK has had went to your favorite team. So all you can do is make up DUMB stuff. yeah let him be his own man and be one and done there instead of UK? lol Whats the difference? Kansas,Duke,UNC have all had a one and done(s) and have been successful and also had DOWN YEARS, but there is no whining from you about them. there is nothing overhyped about a squad when the team is successful. John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins reached the Elite 8(your team?). Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, and Doron Lamb reached the Final 4(your team?) Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, and Kyle Wiltjer won the National Championship(Your team?). Those results are PROOF they were NOT overhyped. This team this year is the ONLY team your overhyped statement could have relevancy. Every team has an off year and to be honest the only IDIOT is YOU. Housen*gga? And you black too? keep showing your ignorance. Also, there is nothing overhyped when you are ranked #1 at your position PG,SG,PF,C) BELIEVE THE HYPE rather than b*tchin about it.

  • JeromeDa

    Darius miles with work ethic equal Andrew wiggins

  • JeromeDa

    Darius miles with work ethic equal Andrew wiggins

    Yeh smellz me blood. All from fiesty Niue

  • bike

    It’s safe to say that the level of recruits coming to KY probably have some pretty big egos – they all expect to see major playing time and they all expect to be lottery picks after one year. Because that’s what they have been told. The challenge for Calipari is to manage their egos and prevent a resentment train wreck. If anyone can do it, coach C can.

  • RayJr

    There is always so much media attention around Coach Cal and his teams. For instance, last year they had that All-Access show on ESPN which was intersesting, but I think that puts too much pressure on young players. Wiggins can just focus on hoops and not dodging cameras in his fresman year.

  • LakeShow

    No, I don’t “smell” you homie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Shane-Long/580141409 Nathan Shane Long

    look fool everyone knows the only reason why kentucky has gotten these 5-star players over the last 4 years is because John Calipari ILLEGALLY pays the recruits breaks them off a couple grand have folks change the grades in high school if needed and basically give them a free ride for one year and then push them off into the NBA because you can only fake being a “student athlete” for 1 year but yet is bulletproof to the NCAA and you wanna drop those recent kentucky teams ok the ’09 squad should have won the championship but yet got exposed in the tourney as no one on that team had a jumper the ’10 team was nothing special UCONN when my man Kemba raped them and the 11′ team was a joke of course you gonna win the title when you have a all NBA starting 5 lineup in waterdown college basketball so that dont impress me and by the way i am a LIFE LONG DUKE FAN

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.gibson.5201 Nathan Gibson

    im a true blue UK fan and I wish Andrew wiggins nothing but the best,people need to stop bashing teen age kids for not picking there school,gl at Kansas, your gonna need it Kentucky is loaded and are gonna be hard for any one to beat if they come together and be there brothers keeper!!! I think calipari told him its like being a rockstar at uk with all the cameras in your face constantly and hes just a shy kid who doesn’t want all the attention.although he may only get a 1 year reprieve from the spotlight since hes a sure fire one and done. and once again gl at Kansas and in your nba career Andrew wiggins…..

  • Cameron

    Glad he chose KU over UNC and KY. I never had a problem with KY but I hate Calipari and KY cuz of it.

  • Mars

    This kid sounds like he just wanted to make a decision for himself. Good for him. I would have loved to see the kid build a legacy in Tallahassee, but his parents pretty much killed that. Homie’s mom was an olympian with 2 chains, dad was the best baller not named Charlie Ward. Truth is UNC is just not the same, and UK is a meat grinder. Glad he skipped over that nonsense. But honestly at Kansas is he the second coming of Xavier Henry? I hope he’s not. I hope he’s the next Andrew Wiggins.

  • ady

    And gonna be a bum at best. How many 6’8″ post players are their in the NBA again?

  • Bandwagonfan

    He was dunked on by wiggins

  • charles

    u mean u r a puke fan. NO wonder u hate KY. your also a liar.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    you do not know basketball

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    eh

  • CUBA220

    Fool? hahaha the only FOOL is YOU. What proof do u have that he paid the players? I’ll answer that for you, NONE. You are just a nonrealistic person hating on someone that takes advantage of a rule he did not create. NEWS FLASH: EVERY COLLEGE ATHLETE THAT GETS A FULL SCHOLARSHIP GETS A FREE RIDE. Smh but im the idiot right? How do you fake being a student athlete. Since you are a Duke fan, i guess Kyrie Irving doesnt fall under your nonsense claims at all huh? Or will Jabari when he leaves after 1 year? How is someone bulletproof to the NCAA that has been investigated at each school he has coached at. Which it was found out he had nothing to do with Camby(on his on time) talking to agents. Derrick Rose(at his high school) had someone else take his test. Eric Bledsoe(which nothing was found) was checked on about some grades that were fine. Yet DUKE has a player get jewelry as a gift and NOTHING ever comes of it. Looks like Coach K is the one with the NCAA body armor on. the ’10 wasnt “exposed” to nothing they lost a game where they were shooting HORRIBLE from the 3, it was still a successful year and that was the point!. Nathan Shane Long Time HATER should be your name. lol

  • CUBA220

    Got it and make sense. Cal just knows how to make the program money. Some people like it and some dont. I do understand what you are saying though. thanks for explaining.

  • LakeShow

    I have no idea what you do and do not know, becasue you never actually say anything.

    SLAM headline:
    “LeBron scores 50 points”
    Sanchez: “Man that LeBron guy is a basketball player.”

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    SLAM headline:
    “LeBron scores 50 points”
    Sanchez: “Man that LeBron guy can smash on lakeshows momma’s & sister’s cheeks & grandma tops off the squad”

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Shane-Long/580141409 Nathan Shane Long

    you see here at duke that one and done fuckery that aint our history our tradition our gimmick our culture we dont depend on super freshmen classes every year to be a contender and our players are actually student athletes that do work in the classroom as well as on the court and a actually get an education and F’N GRADUATE unlike those idiots calipari recruits and need i say that DUKE smashed those HOUSEN!GGAS EARLY LAST SEASON AND WE KILL THAT FAKE KENTUCKY HYPE QUICK AND WERE THE FIRST TEAM TO EXPOSE THAT OVERATED TEAM AND HOW DARE YOU MENTION KYRIE THERE WAS NO REASON FOR HIM TO STAY AT DUKE NO ONE IN COLLEGE COULD HANDLE HIM SO HE CAME OUT AS THE 1ST OVERALL PICK AND IS NOW THE BEST YOUNG POINT GUARD IN THE LEAGUE AND AN ALL-STAR AT AGE 20 FAR BETTER THAN THAT BUST JOHN WALL WILL EVER BE

  • LakeShow

    If you get excited about another man’s sexual conquests… that’s on you.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    you still dont know basketball. you a newbie. stop trying so hard, learn the game

  • LakeShow

    Once again, I have no idea what you know.

    Because you have never once displayed any sign of demonstrable knowledge.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    oh pardon me mr analyst.

    gtfoh with your corny self

  • LakeShow

    There’s no where to “GTFOH” to…
    This is the internet. I neither stay here, nor leave here.

  • CUBA220

    You dont depend on them but your coach tries to recruit them! lol
    lets not talk history cause UK vs DUKE history is not a FAIR comparison(4 titles to 8 for example) and it was just last season yall lost to LEHIGH in the 1st round(talk about dominating). Yall won the game thats it yall didnt smash nobody. Last i checked a 7 point win was not a blowout. There was no reason for Kyrie to stay just like there wasnt a reason for Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist, Knight, Patterson, and Jones to stay. Kyrie won rookie of the year in a WEAK rookie class lol Kyrie is a damn good point guard i will NOT argue that. Wall would have won ROY if Blake Griffin was not reclassified to that Rookie class…. you kill me with your ignorant comments. A black guy calling other African americans House N*ggas smh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.foster.16 Brandon Foster

    Finally a UK fan that isn’t a douchebag..

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.foster.16 Brandon Foster

    After all this time he chose one of the most prestigious basketball programs of all time with a good shot at a title and close to his brother… Yeah this Andrew Wiggins guy sure is a fool..

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