Kentucky, Kansas, and North Carolina were the destinations for heralded recruit Andrew Wiggins. He completed his tour of college basketball’s blue bloods over the last few weeks, and it is down to these three, plus Florida State with the obvious family connections giving the Seminoles a fighter’s chance among the heavyweights.
Wiggins isn’t a public speaker and he is keeping his cards close to his chest. There is little information that has come straight from the horses mouth regarding his visits, but Wiggins’ coach at Huntington Prep, Rob Fulford, voiced his opinions on the visits with the vibes he has picked up off the 18-year-old phenom.
First up was his visit to Rupp Arena where he saw the Cats
battle demolish Mississippi State in February:
He enjoyed the atmosphere at Rupp. He saw the North Carolina game there last year so he’s seen Rupp at its best in that scenario, so he wasn’t overly concerned about who they were playing and the crowd … He was just trying to get a feel for the coaches outside of a game and in the gym scenario. He got a chance to watch a game and to watch practice so it was important to see John Calipari interact with his guys.
After his visit to Lexington, Wiggins tripped out to Lawrence, Kansas to see the Jayhawks play Texas Tech on senior day:
It was his first trip there and Phog is one of those venues that is a bucket list venue and everybody knows that. He really enjoyed the atmosphere as far as the interaction he had with the fans and the players … He spoke about being able to spend a little more personal time with the players.
He rounded out the official visits in Chapel Hill for North Carolina a Duke – a game which the Tar Heels came up on the losing end. But Wiggins’ coach says that doesn’t matter:
He understands that teams don’t win every game and it’s not ideal to have recruits on campus for a game in that fashion, but he gets that and he had a really good time. He knows Kennedy Meeks pretty well and talks to him some … Obviously it’s the Duke game, so the atmosphere is crazy. Carolina made a few runs and but Duke kind of punched them in the mouth.
With his visits now complete and the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic coming up, you have to wonder if Wiggins will be ready to pick his school. As for where he thinks Wiggins will go, Fulford has no idea. But he did share some advice for how coaches should recruit Wiggins… and that is endlessly.
I always told people in the recruiting process that I saw him play 24-straight AAU games. He knew me and I was around all the time and he developed a personal relationship with me. So when the decision had to be made, he knew where he wanted to come and his parents just had to sign off.
Keep hunting, Cal.