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.
GALLOWAY, N.J. — The inaugural Live in AC event lost its marquee name when Andrew Wiggins, arguably the No. 1 player in high school basketball, opted to stay home in Toronto to rest instead of joining his CIA Bounce teammates here.
“His body was worn out from the Peach Jam and he had some family commitments but he will be at the event in Toronto,” CIA Bounce coach Mike George told SNY.tv.
The Canadians are hosting their own AAU tournament — the Carabana Classic — this weekend in Toronto.
Apparently Kentucky got the message that Wiggins wouldn’t be here, but Florida State did not.
Brian Bosworth Tweeted Wednesday night: “So Andrew Wiggins isn’t in AC. Leonard Hamilton was here expecting to see him. Kentucky sent no one. Draw your own conclusions.”
On Sunday, Wiggins scored a game-high 23 points but was whistled for a questionable foul in the final seconds of the Peach Jam final, where Bounce lost to the Oakland Soldiers, 51-50.
Wiggins recently told SNY.tv that Kentucky and Florida State were coming “after me the hardest.”
He may or may not reclassify from 2014 to 2013, which would enable him to enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
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.