Andrew Wiggins is headed to the 2013 class.
“He didn’t need to be in high school another year,” Huntington (W.V.) Prep coach Rob Fulford told Scout.com.
Wiggins, who was the top rated player in the 2014 class, has debated the move to the senior class for quite some time. The move to the senior class is significant, as he will immediately move to the pole position in the 2013 player rankings.
“Obviously it’s been the question of the summer,” Fulford said. “Our stance from the get go would be that we would support Andrew’s decision in whatever direction he decided. But this is the smart decision for him.
“His grades are good and he has enough credits,” the Huntington Prep coach continued. “We’ll just have to enroll him in an additional English course so he can graduate on time.”
With the decision made, Wiggins -- a 6-foot-8, 200-pound wing -- can now focus on school and his upcoming season.
“This was the direction we recommended he take and wanted to deal with it sooner rather than later because I have the academic component of the process that is the most important piece of all of this,” Fulford said. “Now, Andrew can concentrate on school and winning a national high school championship.”
On the recruiting front, Kentucky and Florida State have shown the most attention to date, but North Carolina head coach Roy Williams stopped by the school on Tuesday. Assistants from Ohio State and Kansas stopped by the school this week as well.
“This is the right decision for him as a player,” Fulford told Scout.com.
With the move, former No. 1 player and Chicago product Jabari Parker slips to the No. 2 spot in the latest 2013 rankings. Point guard Tyus Jones, from Minnesota, is now the No. 1 player in Scout's 2014 rankings.