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Starting 5: All-star impact

Hoops recruiting notes on Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon and more

Updated: March 4, 2013, 1:35 PM ET
By Dave Telep | ESPN RecruitingNation

Editor's note: Every Monday in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to tip off your week in proper form. We'll set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the watercooler conversations around the office.

This week's edition of Starting 5 includes a breakdown of how their postseason all-star game experiences could impact the recruitments of top-five prospects Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon, a recap of a pair of recent mid-major commitments, an introduction to freshman Amir Coffey, senior superlatives for the best shooting guards in the 2013 class and a look at why "motor" guys are at a premium this time of year.


1. Can postseason all-star games influence recruits?

Andrew Wiggins
Ned Dishman/Getty ImagesAndrew Wiggins will have an opportunity to interact with recruits for Kentucky, UNC and Kansas during the postseason all-star games.

At this point in their recruitments, we've dissected scenarios, discredited rumors and offered a few theories of our own. There are three major impact recruits still on the board: No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins, No. 3 Julius Randle and No. 4 Aaron Gordon. Listening to Randle, it would appear he'll be the next commit and is on track to do so before the major high school all-star games in April.

That leaves Gordon and Wiggins.


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