March 2, 2013
Wiggins talks UK visit, at least a little
Saturday afternoon marked two historic moments in Andrew Wiggins career.
First, the nation's number one ranked prospect played his last home game in a Huntington (W.Va.) Prep uniform. Second, the event marked the final high school game that Wiggins will ever play in the state of Kentucky.
Huntington Prep, who plays their home games at Boyd County Middle School in Ashland, celebrated their senior night with a 131-64 stomping over their opponent, the Canadian club team United Leadership Academy. In the game, the 6-foot-7 swingman, Wiggins, tallied a game high 40 points, quite the sendoff for his last home game in front of the H-Prep fans.
Around 100-150 Kentucky fans attended the game, giving Wiggins a standing ovation when he made his departure from the game with about three minutes to go in regulation. The Canadian born small forward put on a show worthy of that ovation, dominating the game with his athleticism en route to several awe-inspiring dunks that should lead to quite the YouTube video in the next few days.
With Wiggins having just concluded his official visit to Lexington on Thursday afternoon, Cats Illustrated was eager to hear his take on the visit and where he stands in the recruiting process. As he signed autographs and took pictures with fans, the always short-spoken Wiggins was willing to share a few things about his trip to Rupp Arena.
"The visit was cool," Wiggins said. "My parents loved the whole experience, I did as well.
"The game, in particular, was really fun. I appreciate how the fans showed me so much love."
Wiggins and his family were on Kentucky's campus Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon, and while Wiggins had already seen the campus before the visit allowed his parents to see Kentucky's facilities, and spend some time one on one with Kentucky head coach John Calipari.
The forward said that one of the reasons that his parents enjoyed their time on the visit was because of the hospitality of Calipari, something that could go a long way in determining where Wiggins ends up. However, this new found closeness with Calipari is only for Wiggins' parents, as the swingman claims that he has been close with Calipari for some time now.
"We've been close for a while, but it's getting even better. I'm starting to get closer with their current players as well."
While Wiggins declined to give any more information on either his visit to Kentucky or his upcoming trips to both Kansas and North Carolina, he did say that he is nowhere near making a decision; leading us to believe that the earliest that we'll see an announcement date from Wiggins will most likely be in April, possibly even after the McDonald's All-American Game.
The next ten days seem important in Wiggins recruitment, as he will conclude his official visit schedule after taking those previously mentioned trips; but don't expect much more info out of the Huntington Prep star, as the family has become even more determined to keep this recruitment even closer to the vest than they already have.
"You're not going to hear much out of him the rest of the way," Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said, "When it comes to recruiting, I can hardly even get two words out of him most of the time. People are just going to have to be patient."
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