May 14, 2013
Top basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins will be a Kansas Jayhawk.
Wiggins announced his college choice this morning. He also considered Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State.
The Canadian star averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia's Huntington Prep.
Initially rated as a 2014 prospect, Wiggins shot to the top of recruiting charts when he decided last October to reclassify into his original high school class of 2013. The four major recruiting services have rated Wiggins as the No. 1 overall prospect.
Obviously, everyone in Jayhawk-land is overwhelmed and excited today," KU Coach Bill Self said. "This was a pleasant surprise because we never had an idea which way he was leading. Andrew did this the exact way he said he was going to. He played his cards very close to his vest as did his mother and father. I knew we were one of four. The competition was very stiff and we were fortunate that we were able to ink him today. He's a tremendous talent and a terrific kid. Probably an even better kid than he is a talent. We think he has a chance to be about as good a prospect as we've ever had.
"He brings athleticism, length, scoring ability and he's also an assassin, an alpha dog and we definitely need that when you have a whole bunch of young kids," Self said. "I think he's going to be not just a good player, but have the chance to be a great one. I know the people that support our program are going to be pleasantly surprised when they see him run and play the very first time he gets the opportunity."
Although his parents both attended Florida State, the Toronto-born Wiggins has kept quiet about his intentions. He had until Wednesday to sign with a Division I school.
Wiggins is the younger brother of Wichita State player Nick Wiggins.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.