Wiggins closes prep career with a bang

The nation's most sought-after high school basketball prospect, Andrew Wiggins, wrapped up his career with Huntington Prep on Saturday afternoon in Ashland, Ky., leaving only the question of where he'll be taking his talents next to be answered.

ASHLAND, Ky. -- The nation's most sought-after high school basketball prospect, Andrew Wiggins, wrapped up his career with Huntington Prep here Saturday, leaving only the question of where he'll be taking his talents next to be answered.

Wiggins, a 6-foot-8 small forward, closed that chapter on his hoops career with a 41-point performance on 18-for-23 shooting that included eight dunks in a 131-64 win over United Leadership Academy of Canada. He led Huntington Prep to a 30-3 record as a senior.

Although attendance was less-than-capacity at Boyd County Middle School, many UK fans still made their way into the gym in hopes of making a final strong impression on Wiggins, who will make his college decision this spring. The native Canadian is considering UK, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas.

Wiggins took his official visit to UK last week, visiting Lexington for the Wildcats' win over Mississippi State. He was accompanied by his parents, Mitchell Wiggins and Marita Payne-Wiggins.

Wiggins has been on the Kentucky campus several times throughout his recruitment -- including an unofficial visit for last year's classic UK-North Carolina game -- but this time allowed his family to get a glimpse of the facilities and spend time with the entire coaching staff.

"My parents loved it," the 17-year-old superstar told KentuckyScout.com while he signed autographs and interacted with fans on his senior day. "And I loved it as well.

"The game was fun. The fans showed me a lot of love."

Winning over his parents, who met as star athletes at Florida State, is widely thought to be a major key in Wiggins' recruitment. The Seminoles are considered by many to be the leader at this time, although Wiggins has not publicly expressed that.

"His parents are going to let him make the decision," said Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford. "There won't be a scenario where Andrew will say ‘I'm going to go here because my parents are telling me to go here,' but his parents have to be on board. And they are on board with Kentucky, so I think the ultimate decision will come down to Andrew."

Beyond his brief comments Saturday, Wiggins hasn't been saying much about his visits or future plans. He plans to be at Kansas from Sunday night until Tuesday evening, taking in the Jayhawks' game against Texas Tech at Allen Fieldhouse. A trip to Chapel Hill is expected to wrap-up his visits next Friday.

"His brother is out at Wichita State playing and Kansas is close, so I think that's one of the things he has mentioned with that," Fulford said of the late addition of KU to Wiggins' list.

Wiggins has yet to announce when he plans to make a college decision, but it will likely come in the month of April, around the time he is scheduled to participate in both the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

Where do John Calipari's Cats stand as his recruitment enters the home stretch?

"We've been close for a while, but it's getting even better," Wiggins said. "I'm starting to get closer with their current players as well."

Fulford said that, despite Wiggins' lofty status, his star player still doesn't realize just how big a deal his recruitment is.

"Andrew, he doesn't mind all the hoopla," Fulford said. "I tell people all the time that I don't think he understands the impact that his name has on the game of basketball right now, which is a good thing because he has continued to stay grounded and he doesn't get involved in all that.

"When the game was over, he stayed and signed individual autographs for people and took pictures after the game for an hour, and he doesn't complain. It just speaks a lot about him, most people wouldn't do that."


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