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Friday / November 24.
  • Florida State Watches Wiggins, Rathan-Mayes

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    Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton and associate head coach Stan Jones were in attendance Friday at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge to watch both FSU commit Xavier Rathan-Mayes and uncommitted Andrew Wiggins.

    The 6-foot-8 Wiggins scored 18 points as Huntington (W.V.) Prep beat Quality Education (N.C.), 50-42.

    “I just try and make the big play,” Wiggins told USA Today. “Whatever that means. Whatever we need I like to be the one to make the big play.”

    There were more Kentucky fans supporting Wiggins at the game than North Carolina fans, sources told SNY.tv.

    No other college coaches were in attendance to watch Wiggins, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013.

    North Carolina is recruiting Wiggins, but the Tar Heels played in Maui through Wednesday.

    Former Tar Heel legend Michael Jordan was at the event in the morning to watch his nephew, Justin Jordan of Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.), but he was not permitted to stay for other games, per NCAA rules.

    On Sunday, Kentucky coach John Calipari and assistants Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne watched Wiggins and Huntington Prep play at Scott County High School in Kentucky.

    Florida State and Kentucky have long been perceived to be the leaders for Wiggins. His parents both attended Florida State and Kentucky has been involved the longest.

    He also listed Kansas and Ohio State in addition to Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina.

    Wiggins will sign in the spring.

    **For more stories on Andrew Wiggins, click here.

    Photo: WVGazette.com

     

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.