Andrew Wiggins has been ranked the nation’s top basketball recruit all summer, but college coaches and boosters have anxiously awaited his decision on when he’ll take his game to the next level. Wiggins ended speculation by deciding to reclassify from the Class of 2014 to the Class of 2013 today.
Huntington (W.V.) Prep coach Rob Fulford confirmed Wiggins’ decision on Twitter:
Spoke to Andrew father Mitch. Both he and Andrew are comfortable with him reclassifying to 2013. He wants to concentrate on school & season—
Rob Fulford (@rfulford) October 25, 2012
Fulford told Scout.com that Wiggins is more than ready.
He didn’t need to be in high school another year,” Fulford said. “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.”
The 6-foot-8 son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and Marita Payne-Wiggins, who won two track-and-field silver medals for Canada in the 1984 Olympics, is being recruited by Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State and Kansas among others.
Wiggins confidently detailed his approach and plan for getting himself into the NBA to USA Today.
“I just try to kill whoever is guarding me,” Wiggins said. “I don’t practice to play against people in high school like Julius Randle and Jabari Parker. I practice to play against guys in the NBA because I want to be better than them. I practice to beat the best player in the world because I want to be the best player in the world.”