Despite the fact that he hasn’t even picked which school he’ll attend yet, Andrew Wiggins was named to ESPN’s “Way-Too-Early” 2013-2014 All-American First Team. Eammon Brennan acknowledged the absurdity of naming an incoming freshman to his All-American squad, but said that Wiggins has the talent to back the hype up:
Sorry folks: I don’t care if the kid hasn’t picked a school. I don’t care where he decides to play. I don’t care if you want to compare him to the last athletic small forward considered an All-American before he ever played a minute of college basketball (Barnes), because the two dudes are … you know, not the same person. I don’t care about any of that. What I care about is that there is not a recruiting analyst, NBA scout, college coach or even fellow prospect who doesn’t think Wiggins is the real deal — an immediate Player-of-the-Year candidate, multiple future NBA All-Star and a Kevin Durant-ian franchise-changer. Everyone believes. Everyone.
Wiggins joins Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Russ Smith (Louisville), Doug McDermott (Creighton), and Mitch McGary (Michigan) on the first team, while Julius Randle made the Third Team. Andrew and Aaron Harrison were given honorable mention.
Brennan says this of Randle:
Julius Randle, Kentucky: Figuring out which of Kentucky’s approximately 7,985 McDonald’s All-Americans to include on these preseason lists was probably the toughest part of this arrangement. The Harrison Twins are still a great bet, but so is Randle, who is a little bit like Gordon — a fantastic future pro occasionally overshadowed by Wiggins and Parker, the only two players ranked higher than him in the 2013 ESPN 100. Kentucky is going to be very, very good whether Wiggins decides to play there or not. Randle is going to have a lot to do with that.
Sounds like a win-win situation to me.