The most-hyped recruitment in recent high school basketball history has finally come to a close. Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 player in the class of 2013 and one of the best in the last decade, has announced he's heading to Kansas. The announcement came at a small signing ceremony at Huntington Prep (W.Va.) that included family and friends, with one newspaper reporter – Grant Traylor of the local Herald-Dispatch – transferring the message to the rest of the world. Given all the buzz and attention given to Wiggins and his recruitment over the past couple of years, there was a stark contrast with the way it ended. Since the Canada native reclassified to the class of 2013 – and immediately became the No. 1 overall player – his recruitment went through the roof. Of course, Wiggins was the same sought-after player when he was a member of 2014, but the decision to reclassify ramped things up in a major way. Florida State had been involved the longest with Wiggins, and both of his parents went there. His dad was an NBA player, his mother an Olympic track star. The Seminoles were the early favorite. Kentucky was connected to him for a long time, and seemingly every elite recruit is joining John Calipari's Wildcats nowadays. What better place to spend one year than working toward an undefeated season? North Carolina gave Wiggins a chance to be the go-to-guy off the bat, and there are area ties to his family. He would fit well in Chapel Hill. Yet it was Bill Self and the Jayhawks that beat everyone out. Kansas made up a lot of ground in the latter parts of Wiggins' recruitment, after being something of an afterthought during the early stages. Self made a major impression on Wiggins, and he loved his visit to Lawrence. Wiggins has a chance to be the go-to-guy right off the bat, and he could be the missing piece between a borderline top-25 team and a Final Four contender. Throw in the fact that Wiggins' brother, Nick, plays at nearby Wichita State, and it made sense for Kansas to put on the full-court press. And it paid off.
No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins picks Kansas
CBS Sports | May 14