Joe Ovies

Highly touted Wiggins will make low key announcement

Posted May 13, 2013

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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  • 123dnih May 13, 2013

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    ...maybe you two should get married?

  • Rapid Deployment May 13, 2013

    How do you enforce a rule that, let's say, requires a kid to spend 2 to 3 years in college? If the kid knows he's going after one year, do you think he'll attend any classes that first year? Nope. He'll disqualify himself as an GPA elgible student before year 3 rolls around. Or is my thinking way off here. It's been a while since I was in college, but I just don't see how you can say "you've GOT TO STAY 1 year". I don't like it this way. I certainly agree with those who wish the super stars would just go to the NBA, if they don't make it there, at least they earn enough money to finance themselves through college.

  • NothingButNet May 13, 2013

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    I keep forgetting that the ball (literally) is in the NBA's court. One-and-done isn't fair to coaches or teammates or schools. I'm in favor of letting them go straight from high school. Unfortunately, the NBA has it made in the shade with the current system, which turns schools into farm teams for the players.

  • The Greatest Ever May 13, 2013

    Good to know he's not out there hyping up the media and looking for attention. Just do it low style and with class my man.

  • mxteam44 May 13, 2013

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    In my opinion, these universities invest a lot of money and energy in these guys in scholarships, training facilities, housing, meals, etc. that the university ought to get something back in return. I'm sure most coaches sorta know if a kid is a 1, 2, 3 or 4 year player, but sometimes when they do decide to leave early, it causes the coaching staff all sorts of headaches trying to figure out how to fill that particular void on the team. Like I said, just my humble opinion.

  • Flooper101 May 13, 2013

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    Why should they have to stay 2 or 3 years?

  • jacamoe May 13, 2013

    +101. Kid is amazing b.b. player. Glad the ACC has two chances to get him for a year. Really.

  • mxteam44 May 13, 2013

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    Ahhh.....didn't realize that. Just another reason for me to hate the NBA.

  • stillheelman73 May 13, 2013

    Good for him! I like his style.

  • trekkie13 May 13, 2013

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    The NCAA is only a private organization and has zero authority to determine when a prospect can go to the NBA. It is the NBA owners and NBA Players Association in their collective bargaining agreements that has the authority to determine when and how old a player must be in order to enter the NBA Draft. The NCAA has nothing to do with it.

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