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.
Wiggins, Rathan-Mayes to Play Two Games in Kentucky
Andrew Wiggins and Xavier Rathan-Mayes are headed to Kentucky.
Well, sort of.
The Huntington (West Va.) Prep duo will play a pair of games in the Commonwealth in November — one in Lexington and one in Louisville — when their high school team faces two teams from their native Canada.
Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford initially Tweeted the plans to ZAGSBLOG contributor Chip Miller and later confirmed to SNY.tv that he was setting the games up.
“Our guys obviously enjoy playing in front of large crowds,” Fulford told SNY.tv. “With Huntington Prep relatively close to both venues and the recruitment by both teams [Kentucky and Louisville] of some of our players, it will be two sellouts for us. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
The 6-foot-7 Wiggins is considered the premier high school player in North America and told SNY.tv last month that Kentucky and Florida State are “after me the hardest.”
The 6-4 Rathan-Mayes recently cut his list to 10 schools and was to have visited Kentucky last Friday but never made the trip. Fulford said the shooting guard will get to the school at some point on a visit.
The two players are old friends and have talked about playing together, possibly at Kentucky.
“Definitely,” Rathan-Mayes of CIA Bounce told SNY.tv in July at Stockton College. “We’ve always wanted to play together since we were young and go to school together so that’s definitely a possibility.”
In addition, Louisville is recruiting Huntington big men Dominic Woodson and Moses Kingsley.
Wiggins and fellow Canadian Tyler Ennis will both be in New York this weekend for the Big Strick Classic.
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.
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