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UPDATE: Andrew Wiggins signs with University of Kansas

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"In a couple of months I'll be attending the University of Kansas."

That sentence by Huntington Prep's prized recruit, Andrew Wiggins in a packed gym at St. Joseph Central Catholic School in Huntington, made one university extremely happy and three others very disappointed.

Wiggins chose to play his college basketball at Kansas over Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina.

"I just felt like that was the right place for me," Wiggins told a group of local media. "My brother [Nick] is with me at Wichita State...like an hour and half, two hours away, so that's close."

"Andrew had to make the decision for himself at the end where he really wanted to go and where he felt like he can accomplish his dreams," Andrew's mother, Marita Wiggins said.

"They [Kansas] run a lot of pro offense," Andrew's father and former NBA guard Mitchell Wiggins said. "They pick and roll. They pick and pop. Coach [Bill] Self is a really good coach and Andrew had a real good feel for him."

Many college basketball analysts thought Wiggins would choose Florida State because his parents attended FSU, but in the end he chose Kansas which shocked Huntington Prep Head Coach Rob Fullford.

"I was surprised," Fullford said. "I didn't know last night. His parents didn't know until this morning. Probably about 10 minutes until we walked in here. They had a private meeting and I think Andrew told them at that point."

Wiggins kept his decision quiet. He delayed his signing at the last minute, just a day (Wednesday) before the deadline for recruits to sign with NCAA Division I schools.

"I didn't show any clues to nobody...nothing," Andrew said. "And I knew my family didn't tell anyone. So, whatever else was said was just rumors."

The pressure of picking a school is now over and Andrew is happy with that.

"It wasn't the stressful until I was done with everything because this was the last thing on my mind before a couple of weeks ago, but then as time was running out and I had to pick so I had more pressure and weight on my shoulders," Andrew said.

Kansas Head Coach Bill Self said in a KU Athletic YouTube interview that he was a little stunned that Andrew chose to be a Jayhawk.

"This was somewhat a pleasant surprise, obviously because we never had an idea on which way he was leading," Self said. "Andrew did it the exactly the way he was going to. We were one of four and the competition was stiff and we were very fortunate that we were to ink him today."

This announcement was kept very private. Only family, friends, classmates and selected members of the media were invited.

"I wanted people here that appreciate me and people that I appreciated to be here watching me make my decision because they're the one helping me out throughout the last two years," Andrew said.

The Toronto native and project number one NBA Draft pick in 2014 averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists this past season and led the Huntington Prep Express to a 30-3 record.  

"You're getting the best player in the country and it's just one of those situations from that angle that he'll make Kansas an obvious national title contender," Fullford added.

Despite racking up multiple (Naismith Player of the  Year & Gatorade Boys Basketball National Player of the year) national player of the year awards, Wiggins knows his game still needs some work.

"I got a lot to work on, but I think every player has a lot to work on," Andrew added. "No one is a perfect player. With me going to college will get me better mentally and physically in the game of basketball."

 


 

 

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Huntington Prep's Andrew Wiggins signed with the University of Kansas on May 14.

Wiggins decided to announce his choice in a small private conference with friends, family and a few local reporters.

He chose Kansas over Florida State University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Kentucky.  Wiggins said he feels that Kansas is a better fit for him.

Wiggins' brother attends Wichita State University which is near the University of Kansas.