After a lengthy recruitment, Andrew Wiggins, who is considered by some to be the best high school recruit since LeBron James, chose to Kansas over Kentucky, Florida State, and North Carolina.
Wiggins, a highly athletic 6-7 forward from Canada, played his high school ball at Huntington Prep in Huntington, West Virginia last season, averaging 23.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.4 steals, and 2.6 blocks per game. He was named the Naismith Prep Player of the Year and the gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year for 2013, the first player to do that since Kevin Love in 2007. Wiggins was also named a McDonalds All-American.
His decision adds to what was already considered the second best recruiting class in the country and gives KU the weapon they had been looking for next season. Five-star recruits Wayne Selden, Joel Embiid and Wiggins are all likely to be immediate impacts for the Jayhawks next season, who lost all five of their starters from the 2012-2013 season. Kansas may also now be considered the favorite in the Big 12 again even though Oklahoma State will be returning Marcus Smart for another season.
Of Self’s recent recruiting successes – Julian Wright, Xavier Hentry, and Josh Shelby – Wiggins by far is the biggest name player he has landed. Selby is the only other recruit to have been ranked number one overall.