GREENSBORO, N.C. — Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) wing Aaron Wiggins began to blow up after the first live evaluation period, but teams were honing in well before then.
Texas, Southern Cal, Wake Forest and North Carolina State all visited the 2018 shooting guard at Wesleyan before the AAU season began.
“The summer is off to a good start. I’m shooting the ball well and playing good. I’m showing my leadership skills,” Wiggins said. “I’m just trying to lead Team Charlotte to the finals and having a fun summer. We’re off to a good start.”
Wiggins, 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, said playing together for many seasons in a row has helped led to success for Team Charlotte.
“We’re all competitive. We all want to win every time we step out on the court. With coach Jeff McInnis and the way he pushes everybody — we’re all playing our hardest,” he said. “We’re looking for each other offensively. With Devon (Dotson) running the point, and me on the wing and then Ian (Steer) — we can do so many things. The chemistry we have from playing with each other in past years have led to a great start so far. We have so many weapons.”
The recent surge in offers is something that makes Wiggins happy.
“It’s definitely a big accomplishment. I’ve always wanted to play college basketball at the Division 1 level. Now I know I’m going to have the opportunity to do that,” he said. “I’m excited, but it’s pushing me to work harder. I don’t want to just go to college. I want to be able to play at the level after that.”
Wiggins said his leadership skills is what sets him apart.
“I talk to my teammates a lot, especially defensively,” he said. “Communication is key when playing. We don’t have a sit-still offense. Everyone is moving and flowing.
“Defense is a big thing for us. We prioritize that.”
Associate head coach Randolph Childress has taken the lead on his recruitment at Wake Forest.
“They’re a great school, and they’re building,” Wiggins said. “This last year they had a real good season, and they’re about to be real big. It’s a good program and a great school.”
“They told me they need a wing player who can shoot the ball, come off screens and attack. They need an aggressive player on the wing.”
Kansas offered Wiggins shortly after the evaluation period began, and he’s hearing most often from assistant coach Norm Roberts.
“He’s telling me that they will be losing players, so they will need guys who can come in and play immediately. They believe I’m a wing who can get open and hit shots,” Wiggins said. “That’s what they do. They run the floor and create shots. That’s something I can do. They say I would be a good fit in their system.”
“Every year they prepare players to go pro. They bring in the best. They have a great coaching staff and incredible tradition. They’re always one of the top teams in the country.”
Wiggins said he wants to continue in every facet of his game, but is focusing on his ball handling, strength, and defense as the summer progresses.
He plans to major in Kinesiology at whichever school he chooses.
“Education comes first. I look at their majors,” he said. “I look at every factor. Style of play - I’m looking for teams that get up and down the court.”