Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams will watch Andrew Wiggins on Wednesday when Huntington (W.V.) Prep plays University of Charleston JV.
The 6-foot-8 Wiggins is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013 and plans on taking official visits in the spring to Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas following his official to Florida State last week. His fifth official visit has not been determined, but Syracuse and Ohio State remain in the mix.
“Andrew’s been pretty open all along that he’s wide open,” Huntington coach Rob Fulford told SNY.tv Tuesday. “He’s going to take all of his visits. Right now he knows that four of them are taken — Kansas, Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina.
“Those are the other three [upcoming visits] that are set. The dates aren’t set. He’s basically committed to those four. I’m not sure on the fifth.”
Wiggins visited Florida State with his parents, former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and former Canadian Olympic track star Marita Payne-Wiggins, and they were honored at halftime of FSU’s 72-47 loss to Florida.
FSU has pitched Wiggins on continuing his father’s legacy at the school, and helping to make the Seminoles a national power.
“He didn’t say much,” Fulford said. “He’s not going to give up a whole lot of info. He had fun. Obviously, the game wasn’t a great game to watch.”
Kentucky and Florida State remain the perceived leaders for Wiggins, who said at the Marshall County Hoopfest that he could envision playing alongside Kentucky signees Aaron and Andrew Harrison at the next level.
Still, North Carolina, Kansas, Ohio State and Syracuse remain hopeful.
UCLA is out despite some rumors to the contrary.
“They’re not in at all,” Fulford said. “Based on Andrew, they’re not in.”
Ohio State coach Thad Matta watched Wiggins on Sunday when he went for 16 points and 14 rebounds in a 75-69 win over Seton Hall-bound Aquille Carr and Princeton (Md.) Day at DeMatha Catholic.
“I know people expect a lot from me and want to see certain things when I play, but it’s not really any pressure for me,” Wiggins told the Washington Post. “I guess I like the attention. . . . well, I mean, I don’t mind it. Sometimes it can be a lot. I deal with it, though.”
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.