Highly touted Wiggins will make low key announcement
Posted May 13, 2013
The announcement that highly touted basketball recruit Andrew Wiggins will end months of speculation and sign with a school this week came in modern fashion. His coach at Huntington Prep, Rob Fulford, tweeted the news on Sunday night.
Andrew Wiggins will sign Tuesday at around 12:15. He will not hold a press conference type ceremony. Just classmates, family and friends— Rob Fulford (@rfulford) May 13, 2013
No ridiculous hat ceremony? No elaborate television special on ESPN? Not even attempt to top the Harrison Barnes announcement over Skype with Instagram of Snapchat? The low key signing is a throwback. It goes against the preconceived notions that Wiggins was a stereotypical recruit milking the process for attention.
It's a refreshing change of pace.
ESPN senior national recruiting analyst Dave Telep knows Wiggins has shunned the attention throughout his recruitment and explained on 99.9FM The Fan last week that his issues telling people "no" would prolong the decision.
"He's just not like the other guys," said Telep. "I know he's not seeking the attention. I can tell it affected his play in some of the postseason games and we've seen this before when guys carry this burden of a decision."
Because of Wiggins' reluctance to do interviews and offer clues as to which school might be the leader in the clubhouse, it's anybody's guess as to where the the 6-foot-7 small forward will end up on Tuesday.
"I thought Florida State led," said Telep. "I think that their season really raised some doubts."
What about Kentucky? John Calipari has created a recruiting machine in Lexington, despite a disappointing season that ended with an NIT loss to Robert Morris.
"I think after the all-star season and him being around all those guys, he realized there are a lot of alpha males headed to [the Wildcats]," said Telep.
Kansas and North Carolina? The Jayhawks had considerable buzz a few weeks ago, then a restaurant owner in Baltimore set social media ablaze when he claimed Wiggins would announce his commitment to the Tar Heels.
Sources inform me Andrew Wiggins will accept a scholarship to UNC today, May 3rd. Expect announcement around 5:00 EST.— John Minadakis (@JohnnyCrabCakes) May 3, 2013
The day ended with no such announcements. Two weeks later and the signing imminent, not even Telep was comfortable placing odds on where Wiggins will land.
True. Tasked w/writing odds for Wiggins recruitment. Spent 3 hrs staring at computer. Sent story 1:24 am; coming soon@espnrecuiting— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) May 13, 2013
Wherever Wiggins ends up, they'll immediately be catapulted into the national championship conversation. Wherever Wiggins doesn't go, drop by their message-boards and have your popcorn ready.