Posted: Aug 19, 2012 5:41 PM by Kyle Scott
Updated: Aug 20, 2012 12:59 PM
Huntington Prep's Andrew Wiggins is considered one of the top high school basketball players in the world. The Canadian born forward is a Junior at Huntington St. Joseph in Huntington, West Virginia; however, if he wants to reclassify and graduate this school year he can.
"He's going to have enough credits, but he may have to take some online classes to suffice the graduate requirement of St. Joe," Head Coach Rob Fulford explained.
Like his grades, Wiggins' game is also ready for the next level. Fulford thinks the only thing the small forward can do with another year of high school is get stronger -- something he could develop more efficiently if he decided to reclassify.
"My conversations with him have been, 'You should probably go [to college next year],'" Fulford said. "Andrew is going to be the number one draft pick in whatever draft he decides to go in to."
There isn't a "deadline" to reclassify by and from the sounds of it, Wiggins isn't think much about going to college early or where he will go in 2014.
"It's not that important to me right now because I'm young and I still have two more years left," Wiggins said.
Wiggins added that his list of schools to attend is "wide open." A lot of reports are circulating around the web and different media outlets, but according to Fulford, if the source isn't Andrew's father, Mitchell Wiggins, then the report is simply a rumor.
"Until it comes out of his dad's mouth, it's a rumor," Fulford explained. "And that's going to be true for his college decision or when he decides to graduate."
With everything being a family decision, many people think Andrew will attend Florida State -- his parent's alma mater.
"It'd be a good school to go to," Wiggins admitted. "It's never bad to follow in your father's footsteps."
Mitchell Wiggins played two seasons at Florida State in early 80's, averaging 23 points and 9 rebounds per game.
Florida State is on Andrew's list to visit -- he hasn't "officially" visited any schools. However, he has "unofficially" visited West Virginia and Kentucky.
In December 2011, Wiggins made a trip to Lexington to watch the Wildcats beat the North Carolina Tar Heels, 73-72. Wiggins said it was an amazing experience and that the atmosphere and fans were great. He also had a chance to meet the team.
"It was amazing because those guys are in the NBA right now," Wiggins said. "You could say that [they're high on my list] because they're one of the biggest schools out right now."
Wiggins plans to visit Lexington in the near future, but wouldn't disclose where Kentucky ranks on his list of choices. Fulford thinks UK is on his "short-list" of schools and that UK will be considered "until the end."
RANDOM NOTES and FACTS ... Huntington Prep is planning to play November 18 in Louisville and November 19 in Lexington (Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park) ... Most of the players on Huntington Prep's roster are from OUTSIDE the United States ... Andrew was born and raised in Canadian ... like Andrew's father, his mother, Marita Wiggins went to school at Florida State. She also competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics -- winning two silver medals for Canada in track and field ... Andrew knows how to skate, but never played hockey ... he first dunked in 7th grade ... Andrew is one of a handful of Canadian players on Huntington Prep's roster, including 2013 top 25 prospect, Xavier Rathan-Mayes ... Coach Fulford receives texts, emails, and phone calls everyday regarding one of his players -- not just Wiggins. Fulford said most, if not all of his players will go on to play Division I basketball.