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.
Andrew Wiggins Rooting for Brother, Wichita State to Win It
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The No. 1 prospect in America isn’t rooting for Louisville, Syracuse or Duke to cut down the Nets in Atlanta.
He’s pulling for Cinderella Wichita State.
Andrew Wiggins, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is hoping the Shockers shock everybody because his older brother, Nick Wiggins, is on the team.
“I’m going Wichita State,” Andrew Wiggins told Bleacher Report in a recent interview.
Asked what his brother has told him about the March Madness experience, the younger Wiggins added: “He says it’s crazy…he told me about how all the fans were, all the games and especially going to the Sweet 16. It’s just crazy.”
Nick Wiggins is a 6-foot-6 junior guard who got a DNP in Wichita State’s stunning 70-66 upset of Ohio State in the Elite Eight on Saturday night.
He’s averaging 5.0 points on the season.
A year from now, Andrew Wiggins hopes to take some college program to the Final Four before he heads to the NBA.
He’s considering Kentucky, Kansas, Florida State and North Carolina.
The Gatorade and Naismith Player of the Year met this week with Kentucky coach John Calipari, who already has six McDonald’s All-American committed for next year and would love to add Wiggins as a seventh.
Wherever Wiggins goes, that team would automatically have a shot to make a deep March Madness run.
And where does Nick Wiggins want his brother to go?
He’s on record with his pick.
“I would love to see him go to Kentucky,” Nick said last August.
“My favorite for him would probably be Kentucky.”
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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 and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, 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.