Andrew Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 small forward and the top player in the senior class, has signed a national letter of intent with the Kansas Jayhawks after also considering Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina.
Wiggins, the best Canadian prospect since Steve Nash, averaged 23.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists for Huntington Prep in West Virginia last season after growing up in Toronto. He was named the Naismith High School player of the year.
"I'm looking forward to getting there and just doing my thing," Wiggins said.
Kansas coach Bill Self said he was pleasantly surprised by Wiggins' announcement because "we never had an idea which way he was leading.
"Andrew did this the exact way he said he was going to," Self said in a news release. "He played his cards very close to his vest as did his mother and father. I knew we were one of four. The competition was very stiff and we were fortunate that we were able to ink him today. He's a tremendous talent and a terrific kid."
Wiggins signed the letter of intent at a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon in Huntington, W.Va.
"I just followed my heart," he said
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Prep's Arroyo named MVP
Huntington Prep boys basketball player Carlos Arroyo collected a Most Valuable Player award Saturday in the Consol Energy All-Star Game at Mingo Central High School.
The 6-foot-1 senior guard from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, tossed in 26 points to lead West Virginia in a 116-86 victory against Kentucky.
Mackenzie Martin from Chapmanville High School followed with 24 points and Luke Eddy from George Washington High School added 17 and Marqus Cunningham of Mingo Central netted 10. Austin Brewer from the Tolsia Rebels had eight rebounds.
Arroyo also had eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals.
Kentucky MVP Ray Kasonga from Pikeville High School scored 15. Brandon Taylor from Boyd County High School led the Kentucky team with 19 points while Dalton Cornette from Perry Central High School scored 15.
Kasonga also won the dunk contest. Austin Banks from Mingo Central won the 3-point shooting contest.
West Virginia's Coaches included Nick Cabell (Scott), Jason Hatfield (Tolsia), & Dave Meddings (Huntington Prep).
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Williams Otor Gabriel was a member of Huntington Prep from 2009-2013 helping guide the Express to a combined record of 83-8 record during his career, becoming the player with the most wins in school history. “Gabe” has played alongside multiple Division 1 players for the impressive team in Huntington, WV. He helped the team reach a #1 ranking during his senior campaign and was named a McDonalds All-American nominee for his efforts. Averaging 2.5 PPG and 3.0 RPG, he and his peers finished with a 30-3 record in 2013 and will all play Division 1 next season.
Gabe will graduate with high honors and has a 3.53 GPA.
New Hampshire is a division 1 team in the American East conference finishing 9-22.
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AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE ALL-USA PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Andrew Wiggins | G-F | Huntington (W.Va.) Prep | 6-8, 205 | Undecided
Rest of the first team:
Aaron Harrison | G | Travis (Richmond, Texas) | 6-5, 215 | Kentucky
Jabari Parker | F | Simeon (Chicago) | 6-8, 240 | Duke
Julius Randle | F | Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) | 6-9, 245 | Kentucky
Jahlil Okafor | C | Whitney Young (Chicago) | 6-10, 270 | Undecided (is a junior)
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Prep's Woodson, Kingsley, and Landry score big at Scott Brown Memorial Classic All-Star Game: Coach Ryan Arrowood was selected as head coach.
On the other side, Virginia Tech-bound Donte Clark put on a show for the Hokie fans in attendance, scoring 13 points and grabbing five rebounds, while Moses Kingsley, a Huntington Prep player who’s headed to Arkansas, had 22 points and 15 rebounds. Ahmad Fields (Utah) had 11 points, Travon Landry (Tennessee) 13 and Dominic Woodson (Baylor) scored 13.
Donte Clark 6-15 3-3 15, Travon Landry 6-16 0-0 13, Ahmad Fields 4-10 3-4 11, Q.J. Peterson 2-12 1-2 7, Moses Kingsley 7-13 7-10 22, Ryan Meadows 1-2 0-0 2, Jalen Lewis 0-2 0-0 0, Dominic Woodson 5-8 3-4 13, Dereck Weiford 3-3 0-0 9. Totals: 34-81 17-23 92.
Nathan Adrian 5-10 2-2 13, Ra’Shaud Kincaid 1-6 0-0 3, Devin Williams 11-26 2-7 24, Brandon Watkins 4-13 2-5 10, Donté Grantham 3-7 2-2 9, Chase Connor 3-5 0-0 9, Andrew Johnson 2-5 2-4 7, Hunter Moles 1-2 0-0 2, Elijah Macon 9-15 3-4 21. Totals: 38-89 13-24 98.
CC 41 44 7 — 92
LG 44 41 13 — 98
3-point goals — CC: 7 (Weiford 3, Peterson 2, Landry, Kingsley); LG: 7 (Connor 3, Adrian, Kincaid, Grantham, Johnson). Fouled out — None.
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Andrew Wiggins has several fans -- including Carmelo Anthony.
"I like him," Anthony said after watching the 6-foot-7 Wiggins, the No. 1 college basketball prospect in the nation, score 19 points and grab five rebounds in the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday night at Barclays Center.
"I saw him last summer in Vegas. He looked really good."
Many NBA talent-evaluators believe Wiggins would be the top overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft if he was allowed to skip college.
"I wish him the best," Anthony said. "Next year, if he does what he’s gotta do, he’ll be ready to take that next step."
Wiggins, known for his athleticism and scoring prowess, remains undecided on where he’ll go to school next season.
"No one I care about is telling to go anywhere, or even bringing it up," Wiggins said.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Andrew Wiggins wanted to step up his game after moving from his native Canada to play basketball at a prep school in West Virginia.
No problem there.
The next step is more difficult - choosing a college to showcase his talents.
The Toronto-born Wiggins received the Gatorade Boys National Basketball Player of the Year award Wednesday, adding to the Naismith Foundation national honor he received last month.
The 6-foot-8 senior is the first Canadian to win the Gatorade award.
"It's a big honor, especially being Canadian,'' Wiggins said. "That's a great feeling to put Canada on the map.''
Wiggins, who thought it would be a normal day and dressed in his regular school clothes, learned about the award in class at St. Joseph's Central Catholic High School during a surprise visit from past winner and former Miami Heat star Alonzo Mourning.
"Andrew's such a humble and polite kid,'' said Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford. "It's very gratifying to see a young man like him win an award such as this. He's put a lot of time and effort into his game. This award is more about his character. Everyone knows he's a great basketball player - one of the best in the country at any age.''
Wiggins averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for Huntington Prep, whose players attend St. Joseph.
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HUNTINGTON -- Huntington Prep's Andrew Wiggins walked into his class at 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, expecting to learn about history.
Instead, Wiggins walked into the class at St. Joseph Central Catholic School and became a part of history.
Wiggins, the 6-foot-8, 215-pound Huntington Prep boys basketball phenom, was met in class by seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Alonzo Mourning, who presented him with the 2013 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year trophy.
"It was just one of those moments that you don't forget," Wiggins said. "I was just walking in like a normal day at school, I didn't know anything about it, was in my school clothes and then Alonzo Mourning walked through the door. I was like, 'What?'"
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Andrew Wiggins’ reaction when he was named 2012-13 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year during a surprise visit from Alonzo Mourning this morning was more fitting of the kid who grew up playing basketball in Canada than the teenager who has become famous at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep.
In the middle of a yawn during class, Wiggins nearly leapt from his chair.
“Zo walked in and, yeah, I stopped yawning,” said Wiggins, who moved to the U.S. after his freshman year. “I really owe thanks to my teammates and coaches and this whole community that’s made me feel so welcome over the past two years. This is big for Canada and it’s big for me. This award definitely stands out.”
MORE: Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year
The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. Wiggins is now a finalist for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award.
Wiggins, who checks in at 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game this season, leading the Express to a 30-3 record and a No. 7 spot in the USA TODAY Super 25 national rankings. He is rated the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2013 by ESPN, Scout.com and Rivals.com.
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CHICAGO (March 21, 2013) — In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Andrew Wiggins of Huntington Prep. as its 2012-13 Gatorade West Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Wiggins is the second Gatorade West Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Huntington Prep.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound senior forward averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game this past season, leading the Express to a 30-3 record and a No. 7 spot in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Wiggins won the Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year award and was a finalist for the national Morgan Wootten Player of the Year award. He has been selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-American games and is rated the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2013 by ESPN, Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Wiggins has maintained a B average while completing his high school curriculum at St. Joseph’s Central Catholic High School. In addition to participating in multiple charity fundraiser initiatives, he has volunteered locally by visiting patients at the Cabell Huntington Hospital for children. He has also donated his time to free basketball clinics for low-income Huntington youth and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation.
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