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Handicapping the race for Wiggins 

May, 13, 2013
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The long wait is finally almost over. Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep), the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2013, will announce his college decision at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Wiggins is down to Florida State, Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky. During the long course of his recruitment, each team has at various times seemed like the front-runner and the dark horse. Not only has his decision come down to the wire, it also appears to be a photo finish.

To try to make some sense of it all on the eve of his decision, we’re here to handicap the race, complete with why Wiggins would and wouldn’t pick each school and our unofficial final odds on each program’s chances of landing him.

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Courtesy of McDonald'sOn the eve of his decision, the race for No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins still appears wide open.
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Odds of landing Wiggins: 35 percent

What Wiggins would mean for ... 

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On Tuesday at approximately 12:15 p.m. ET, No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) will finally make his college decision known in a small ceremony at his school in front of classmates, family and friends. Wiggins is down to Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina. Whichever school he chooses, he’ll be an instant-impact, program-changing player thanks to his amazing athletic ability and skills.

So before he ends the suspense and makes one college program very happy, let’s break down what landing Wiggins would mean for each of his four finalists.

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Editor's note: This story originally ran on Feb. 28. With Andrew Wiggins' college decision on tap for Tuesday afternoon at 12:15 p.m. ET, here is a complete breakdown of his game from RecruitingNation's Paul Biancardi.

By now, you probably know that Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) is an extra-special prospect. The best high school basketball recruit in the country, Wiggins is the kind of player who doesn’t come around very often. He’ll make an immediate impact in college and then likely go on to a long, successful NBA career.

It’s no wonder some of college basketball’s best programs -- he’s down to Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas -- are salivating at the chance to get him on campus.

But what exactly makes him such an amazing prospect? Here’s a full scouting report of his game, complete with strengths, areas for improvement and what his ultimate potential could be.

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No. 1 recruit Wiggins set to announce

May, 13, 2013
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The top-ranked senior and only uncommitted ESPN 100 prospect is finally ready to make his decision.

Small forward Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) will announce his college choice at 12:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday at a small event at his high school. Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford tweeted Sunday night that Wiggins will not hold a press conference ceremony but will instead sign in front of classmates, family and friends.

Wiggins, who will decide between Florida State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, was named the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year after averaging 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game this season for Huntington Prep.

Eyes on Wiggins as signing period starts 

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This week, as the spring signing period begins Wednesday, national letters of intent for uncommitted No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) arrive at his school. One of them will one day get his signature.

There’s no point in asking which one. Nobody knows. If they tell you they know, call them out. They don’t know.

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Courtesy of McDonald'sHeading into the signing period, No. 1 recruit Andrew Wiggins is the lone uncommitted player in the ESPN 100.
The letters from Kentucky and Florida State are already there. The same paperwork from Kansas and North Carolina is en route. No other LOIs are expected to arrive. We know the final field.

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Chicago De La Salle running back Mikale Wilbon was careful not to name a leader, but he said one team sticks out as having the best résumé among his double-digit offers.

“Everybody is the same but as far as résumés and what schools have to offer, probably Vanderbilt is the best because it's ranked in the Top 25 in education, football and recruiting and that’s the only school,” Wilbon said of his 11 offers. “Vanderbilt is looking good right now, but they’re not leading, though.”

Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi State and Purdue are Wilbon’s other offers.

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Visits heat up for No. 1 Andrew Wiggins 

February, 12, 2013
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The Andrew Wiggins visit tour will crank back up beginning Feb. 27 when the No. 1 senior prospect in the ESPN 100 is slated to visit Kentucky for its game against Mississippi State.

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SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:

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Juco DE Hollin commits to Florida State 

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Desmond Hollin, a juco defensive end out of ASA College in New York, has committed to Florida State.


Hollin, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect originally from Miami's Southridge High School, was offered a scholarship by the Seminoles on Dec. 2. At the time, he said he was a going to wait to make his decision, but did admit Florida State was on top of his list.

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Seminoles offer Desmond Hollin 

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Florida State's defensive end predicament, whether or not draft eligible junior Bjoern Werner would go pro, seems like it might have been decided.

A new offer went out on Sunday afternoon to ASA College end Desmond Hollin, originally a Miami native that played at Southridge High School. The Seminoles' decision left quite an impact.

"It is a dream come true," he said.

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New No. 1 senior Wiggins a game-changer 

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A lethargic Thursday recruiting news cycle was tossed on its head when the nation’s No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2014, small forward Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep), reclassified to the 2013 class.

By making the move to his original class, Wiggins ascended past Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon) and became the No. 1 senior in the ESPN 100. Parker, who missed much of this past summer with an injury, lost the top spot through no fault of his own. You better believe that a player of Parker’s stature and pedigree is thinking about two things: getting his fourth state title and cranking up his own game to give Wiggins a run for his money.

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New schools in mix for 2014 No. 1 Wiggins 

October, 25, 2012
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John Calipari sits on top of the mountain in the world of college basketball. However, being king doesn’t make him immune to a problem. This is elite recruiting, and every action comes with a reaction.

And there’s reason to believe a recent addition in Lexington is cause for a little case of nervousness typically uncommon at Kentucky.

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Ned Dishman/Getty ImagesNBA-level athleticism is one of the attributes that makes Andrew Wiggins so special.
The good news for UK fans is that wing James Young (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) is a Wildcat. The bad news for UK fans is that James Young is a Wildcat.

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