Fulford Talks Loaded Jordan East Team, Wiggins Timetable
NEW YORK — Rob Fulford coached a virtual Dream Team on Thursday.
At various points during practice for the Jordan Brand Classic, the Huntington (W.V.) Prep coach fielded a five of Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Chris Walker up front, with Andrew and Aaron Harrison in the backcourt. Walker is committed to Florida, while Randle and the Harrisons are bound for Kentucky.
“That’s not a bad mix right there,” Fulford told SNY.tv in the above interview. “Obviously, there’s a ton of talented kids here.”
College coaches were not permitted at the practice, but a gaggle of NBA scouts watched from the stands. All 30 NBA teams have requested credentials to Saturday’s game at the Barclays Center, and with good reason. Five of the top 10 projected picks in the 2014 NBA Draft were in the gym on Thursday.
The 6-foot-7 Wiggins is the projected No. 1 pick in 2014 and has yet to decide between Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State.
“Andrew, he’s a different kid,” Fulford said. “He’ll make his decision when the time is right.”
Asked if the six Kentucky commits in the Jordan Classic were in Andrew’s ear, Fulford said: “I don’t think those guys are swaying him….Either he’s going to come or he’s not.”
Wiggins kept a low-profile with the media on Thursday and likely will do the same when it’s time to make the announcement that the whole basketball world is awaiting.
“I don’t see a press conference,” Fulford said. “He doesn’t need the attention….Knowing him he’ll just have somebody else tweet it for him.”
Wherever Wiggins does land, Fulford says that school will be getting a special player and person.
“He’s special on and off the court,” Fulford said. “That’s the biggest compliment you can give Andrew, how humble he his, how personable he is toward everybody.
“He’s a special kid and we’ve been privileged to have him in Huntington and with our Huntington Prep family. He’s going to be a really special player wherever he goes.”
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