Toronto, Ontario, CAN
6’7”, 205 SF
Scout Ranking: ***** #1 Power Forward, #1 Overall
Rivals Ranking: ***** #1 Forward, #1 Overall
ESPN Ranking: ***** #1 Small Forward, #1 Overall
Andrew Wiggins, an athletic small forward from Canada that attends Huntington Prep in West Virginia, is the son of former NBA journeyman Mitchell Wiggins and Olympic track star Marita Payne. A pedigree of basketball and speed, something Wiggins has certainly lived up to.
In 2009, at the age of 13, Wiggins played for Canada’s U-16 squad and managed to make an impact on CBS’ Gary Parish. Since then, he’s made an impact on everyone else earning each of the big three recruit ranking sites’ (Scout, Rivals, and ESPN) #1 overall spot for the 2014 class.
Rankings that have small numbers tend to bring out big name schools and Andrew Wiggins’ #1 overall ranking has certainly met that billing. While Florida State, the alma-mater of his parents, is likely a small odds-on favorite, other big names like Syracuse, North Carolina, Duke, and Kentucky have joined the mix.
As for his game, wiggins has good perimeter skills and an excellent ability to get to the basket. His size and athleticism allows for him to drive the lane, take hard hits, and yet still finish. He’s capable of playing the 2, 3, or 4 spot. Kentucky fans, think Michael Kidd-Gilchrist but with more size and without the hitch in his jumper.