As Twins Pledge to Kentucky, Calipari Visits Wiggins
On the same night the Harrison twins publicly announced for Kentucky, head coach John Calipari was already moving forward by watching Andrew Wiggins work out at Huntington (W.V.) Prep.
“[He was] just following up,” Huntington coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv Friday morning.
“Obviously, they had a huge day [Thursday] landing the Harrison twins. Obviously, he wanted to make sure Andrew kind of understood that whether he’s 2013 or ’14, that he’s still [a priority].
“That’s what makes Calipari what he is. A lot of coaches would’ve called it a day after landing two of top the players in the country, and he’ s on a plane heading to Huntington.”
Fulford said the 6-foot-8 Wiggins has yet to meet with his parents to decide about reclassifying.
“Not yet, he’s in no rush,” the coach said. “We’ve kind of quit even discussing it now. When they’re ready to let us know they will.”
As covered in yesterday’s story on the twins, Kentucky is potentially in position to land a blockbuster recruiting class that includes the Harrisons, Julius Randle, James Young and potentially Wiggins if he reclassifies.
The 6-9 Randle Tweeted congratulations to the twins after their announcement: “Congrats to my bros @DrewRoc5 & @AaronICE2.”
Meantime, the Division 1 source who correctly predicted that the Harrisons wanted to play at Kentucky said Andrew and Aaron are reaching out to Randle and Young to have them join them in Lexington.
“Them playing with James YOung, that’s good for James,” the source said.
He added of the twins: “They want it to be their team. They want it to be everybody followed us [to Kentucky].”
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