October 25, 2012

Top prospect Wiggins reclassifying to 2013 class

The news hit the Twitter universe and spread like wildfire in the first few seconds. 6-foot-7 small forward Andrew Wiggins, who is widely considered the number one prospect in the nation regardless of age, has officially reclassified from the class of 2014 to the class of 2013.

Moments after the decision hit the web, Huntington (W.V.) Prep head coach Rob Fulford spoke with Cats Illustrated to break down the news.

"Andrew and his father, Mitchell, spoke today in between Andrew's classes, and decided that it was time to announce what they had just decided a couple of days ago," said Fulford.

"It was something that his family ultimately decided was best. Once they got everything situated they decided that it was time to go ahead and get the word out."

Fulford, who for a long time has said that he was in favor of Wiggins' moving to the senior class, said that the decision was made entirely by the family.

Now as a member of the 2013 class, Wiggins will inevitably move to the number one spot in the 2013 Rivals150 on the next update. As a 6-foot-7 small forward, who is capable of playing the shooting guard spot, Wiggins has the complete package as an offensive basketball player.

He's a long and super explosive athlete who can finish well above the rim with an aggressive penetrating style. He's a superb passer off the dribble that use his handle to create space in the lane. On top of all of that, Wiggins is a well above average jumpshooter with long range and great form.

Also known as one of the most competitive players on the court, Wiggins has been successful at every level, but was perhaps most dominant in late July as he led his CIA Bounce summer team to a runners-up performance at the 2012 Nike Peach Jam/EYBL Finals.

As a class of 2013 recruit, expect Kentucky and Florida State to be the top two early choices for Wiggins (who Fulford said would wait until the spring to sign), although schools like Syracuse, North Carolina and Kansas are also starting to get more involved; after Wiggins told Scout.com's Evan Daniels earlier this week that he wished that more schools would recruit him.

Kentucky fans will have two chances in the coming months to watch Wiggins in person as his Huntington Prep team travels to Scott County HS on November 18th for an exhibition game, and then comes back for the Marshall County Hoopfest (where they'll play two games) on November 30th.

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CIA Bounce forward Andrew Wiggins scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half in a 94-79 loss to Howard Pulley on July 12, 2011, at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. The scouting video shows all of Wiggins' (No. 22) box score statistics except fouls.

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