With the only Andrew Wiggins news from this week being that there is no Andrew Wiggins news, folks are getting a little bit antsy in trying to wait, and speculate, on his decision. Do his parents want Florida State or North Carolina for him? Does that matter? Is Kansas catching up? Can Kentucky find a scholarship for him? SportingNews’ Mike DeCourcy took a look at this very long engagement, and explained why, in the end, the wait will all be worth it. At least, for the team he picks.
DeCourcy compares Wiggins’ recruitment to Patrick Patterson’s, recalling how closely his decision in 2007 resembles the one now in 2013. There’s no shortage of “What will he do?” questions around, and just as many “I don’t knows” given in response. And also like Patterson, the teams involved knew that a great player was on the line. But, according to DeCourcy, this is a whole different ballgame. A higher level of anticipation for the highest level player.
On the day Wiggins steps on an NBA court, and that’ll happen sooner rather than later, he’ll become one of the greatest athletes ever to play in the league. We’re talking about the very stratosphere of athletic gifts, where Dominique Wilkins, Russell Westbrook, Julius Erving and, yes, that Jordan guy reside.
Pretty lofty praise for a guy that’s playing against high schoolers now, but by all accounts it’s justified. Wiggins is a unanimous future star, and no one seems to think he’ll be a disappointment. But Mike highlights his athleticism, size, skill in the post, and ability to score from the wing as reasons to put him ahead of Jabari Parker and Julius Randle in this ridiculously loaded class.
And it’s not just enough that Wiggins is at the top of his class; in a normal year, that’d be impressive. This year, that’s incredible. If the class of 2012 was somewhat underwhelming, then 2013 is doing its best to make up the lost ground. Parker, Randle, the Harrisons, Aaron Gordon, and others are making sure of that. Which is yet another reason that, of all the years to be willing to wait on a recruit, this is one of the best.
It’s been six years since we saw college basketball invaded by such a talented group, when Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Mike Beasley, Blake Griffin and O.J. Mayo entered college. It’s been even longer since we saw a prospect with the package of size, skill athleticism that Wiggins will take to some fortunate campus. Eventually.
Yeah, try waiting when you’re one of the schools recruiting him. With the spring signing period ending much later this month, and no guarantee that Wiggins will pick in that window anyway, we continue to play the waiting game. Only it’s important, in our case, to remind ourselves that it’s totally worth it. An extra month or two isn’t so bad.