The biggest recruitment in high school hoops will come to an end on Tuesday…
All eyes on Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins, the most highly regarded high school prospect in the nation, will choose between Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. Wiggins isn't doing a press conference or announcing on live television. The 6-foot-8 senior at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep will announce his choice at a closed event for his family, friends and teammates. So where is Wiggins going? That's been the question for months and this is as much of a high profile wildcard decision as the recruiting scene has seen in years. Having polled sources around the Wiggins recruitment, there are many different theories about the schools involved. Each school seems to have different advantage and a different pitch. With Florida State, the pitch is simple. It's all about the relationship with Wiggins and his family. He's known their coaches the longest, as they've been recruiting him since he was in eighth grade. Leonard Hamilton has a longstanding relationship with Wiggins' father and both Wiggins' parents were college athletes at Florida State. FSU has pitched these family connections to Wiggins throughout the recruiting process. Wiggins officially visited Florida State in early December. Wiggins and Hamilton have not met in person since that trip. Kentucky has been involved in the Wiggins sweepstakes the second longest, behind FSU. John Calipari made him a priority recruit and met with him just before the McDonald's All-American game to make sure he knew that – that was Wiggins' final in-person contact with a college coach. Kentucky already has the best recruiting class in the country with six Top 25 recruits. With the addition of Wiggins, it would give the Wildcats the largest collection of highly-ranked recruits of all-time. With the amount of talent headed to Lexington (Ky.) the Wildcats are already in good position to make a run at another national championship, but if they were to add Wiggins it makes them the odds on favorite to win it. Kentucky has certainly pitched that Wiggins' way. Wiggins visited Kentucky officially with his parents the week of February 27. Kansas got involved with Wiggins in mid-October, when Wiggins made it clear he wanted schools other than Florida State and Kentucky involved in his recruitment. The Jayhawks have been relentless in their pursuit and had him on campus for an official visit on March 3. The Jayhawks have a terrific 2013 recruiting class that already ranks among the top five, but they are missing an alpha dog for next year. They lose Ben McLemore and their pitch has been for Wiggins to come in and take over for their leading scorer. Kansas swung and missed on Julius Randle, who ended up at Kentucky. Multiple sources indicated that had Randle ended up in Lawrence (Kan.), Wiggins was likely to follow. Just like Kansas, North Carolina began to be a player in the Wiggins race in mid-October. The Tar Heel staff's pitch has highlighted Roy Williams' success at putting players in the NBA. Williams even boasted to Wiggins that he had a sixth man – Marvin Williams – drafted as a high lottery pick. Recently, UNC has also stressed the departure of Reggie Bullock to the NBA and the shot opportunities and void in the lineup that it creates, which Wiggins could fill. UNC signee Kennedy Meeks and Wiggins are close friends and Meeks was present for Wiggins' official visit to North Carolina the weekend of March 9. Wiggins is the last top 100 recruit to make his choice. It's only fitting because all eyes have been on Wiggins throughout his high school career. Now the stage is set for the nation's top prospect to change the 2013-14 season outlook for one of these four teams.
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