Last night, Matt and I made the exciting, scenic drive from Lexington, Kentucky to Huntington, West Virginia to watch Andrew Wiggins do his thing at a private practice at Huntington Prep. Coach Cal was in attendance, of course, with his assistant coach Kenny Payne, along with about 60 donors, friends and family members from the community.
The practice was pretty basic; the team ran a few drills — including one where they practiced rushing to help up a fallen teammate — and then Coach Fulford let them go at it in a 20-minute scrimmage.
Wiggins was very Andrew Wiggins, the basketball phenom we’ve seen before. He didn’t go too hard, so we didn’t see anyone get posterized, but he did show off his silky, smooth jumpshot from beyond the arc. The majority of the three-pointers he hit didn’t even touch rim, some were so perfect they barely grazed net on their way through.
My failed attempt at recreating the Jorts picture.
Afterwards, Wiggins told us he hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will reclassify to the 2013 class. His parents are coming down from Canada this weekend to discuss the decision. If he does make the jump to ’13, he’ll need to get it done before November in order to qualify for the McDonald’s All-American game. Nerlens Noel missed out on the event last year by waiting too late to reclassify. Wiggins hopes to avoid that, if reclassifying is the route he chooses.
When we asked him if it’s a two-horse race between Kentucky and Florida State, Wiggins told us his list is still wide open, although those around him believe it’s already down to the Cats and ‘Noles.
Regardless of where he goes and when he goes there, Wiggins made it very clear that he wants to be “the best in the world” one day.
I’d say he’s well on his way.
High school basketball hasn’t seen anything like him since that LeBron James guy a decade ago.