Wiggins Gets a Taste of Life in Kentucky


Andrew Wiggins
enjoyed a taste of life in Kentucky on Sunday, and Wildcats fans and their coach hope he gets more of it next season.

With more than 2,000 fans and Kentucky coaches John Calipari, Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne watching, the 6-foot-8 small forward went for 17 points and 11 rebounds as Huntington (W.V.) Prep routed Christian Faith Center Academy (N.C.), 61-44, at Scott County High School.

“It was amazing,” Wiggins told Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier Journal, who live-Tweeted game updates, quotes and pictures. “The atmosphere was great. All the fans loved me, supported my team. It’s a great place to play basketball.”

Of Calipari and his staff coming to the game, Wiggins said: “It’s an honor that they’re coming out to watch me play and show the love and support.”

After the game, as seen in this photo Jones Tweeted, Wiggins signed autographs for a line of anxious Kentucky fans, who are hopeful he will pick their program for the one year he is likely to play in college before heading into the 2014 NBA Draft.

Wiggins recently reclassified from 2014 to 2013, but won’t sign until the spring period, along with fellow elite prospects Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon.

It “wasn’t a hard decision,” he told Jones of the reclassification. “I know I’m ready … and I’m just one step closer to my team.”

Kentucky is in the mix for Wiggins, the 6-9 Randle out of Prestonwood (Texas) Christian Academy and the 6-8 Gordon out of San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, who recently trimmed his list to Washington, Arizona and Kentucky.

“I really believe we’ll sign one or two more,” Calipari said on ESPNU.

Wiggins listed “Kentucky, Florida State, Kansas, Ohio State and UNC” as schools recruiting him.

Kentucky already has the No. 1 class in the nation and is loaded on the perimeter and the wing with Andrew and Aaron Harrison and James Young in addition to forwards Marcus Lee and Derek Willis.

Still, Wiggins said that doesn’t bother him and that Calipari used the word “unstoppable” to describe the class that Wiggins could join.

Meantime, Wiggins said he would like to practice with and play against such other great talents.

“Great players can play with other great players, so I wouldn’t mind playing with them,” he told Jones.

Of the Harrison twins, the first players to commit to Kentucky in this class, Wiggins said: “I’ve never really watched them play in person but I’ve seen highlights. … They look unselfish, great teammates.”

He added: “It would just make me better playing against them in practice every day.”

Florida State has a pledge from Huntington shooting guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Wiggins’s close friend who led his team with 21 points and 5 rebounds in the game.

“Me and him are close,” he said. “Our relationship is strong.”

North Carolina has also been involved, and Wiggins will actually play at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge on Friday against Quality Education.

Huntington coach Rob Fulford — who Facebooked the above photo of the line of fans waiting to get into the game — has said Wiggins isn’t talking about much about recruiting right now and that his decision process will go well into the spring.

Still, on this night there was plenty of love from both Wiggins and Fulford for Kentucky and its fans.

Fulford Tweeted: “Thx to #BBN for making the game at Scott Co a huge success! Hard fought 61-44 W against very good Christian Faith. UK fans get it!!!”

Wiggins, for his part, told Jones of Kentucky: “It’s a basketball school. The fans support you. The atmosphere every game is crazy. They treat you like rock stars there.”

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302 comments
privatejet
privatejet

BREAKING NEWS: Pettigrew signed with Detroit!

ukjetsfan
ukjetsfan

Love how much the Lions fans were slagging him off and now they have him back.... Shame we didn't snag him, as the fit looked good, but at that price/contract length....

Pat d
Pat d

So Manish got it wrong

Pat d
Pat d

I'm beginning to think this is the first off season for alot of you here. Rome wasn't built in a day.

Vinny Cammarato
Vinny Cammarato

Idzik, in his first real FA test ( lastyear no money) has been a day late and a dollar short. Glaring hole at CB, downgrade at RT, no TE. I am starting to think Woodsy wants to make some PSL money back

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

God Idizk do something! Harrison, DRC, James Jones just anyone please this team in less then 3 day went from a possible playoff contender to having the arrow point down  

Ivan Lebron
Ivan Lebron

Pettigrew signs back with lions 4 years 16 mil, 8 guaranteed.  At that price they could have him! 

jmg1210
jmg1210

what about sudfeld?

didn't play much still young can develop 

lageman
lageman

The amount of time that has passed shows how bad Manish is.

Frank Monastra
Frank Monastra

confused i hear people say he a good blocker but I've seen multiple reports that he is a terrible blocker

i would still love the addition

Eric Falkman
Eric Falkman

manish deleted this tweet like the slime ball he is BTW

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

I like this move. I would be okay with him getting a 2 year, 9 million dollar deal or something along those lines. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Not a huge fan if this one if they plan on him starting. Could be good depth or a second te, I'm not sure this would stop me from draft a pass catching te in the draft.

eric88
eric88

My guess is Pettigrew goes to Seattle.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

OMG, I can't believe it's not reported on here, does anyone have knowledge about the Jets and Browns being close to reaching a deal, which deals with the Browns trading their 1st round draft pick #4 overall in exchange for the Jets #18 overall and Mark Sanchez and a conditional 3rd in 2015?

lagoo
lagoo

We were never drafting a te

marcus81
marcus81

if we could draft one of the top TE's that's the way to go and then trade up in the 2nd round to draft a receiver, hard to get excited if Pettigrew if he is on the decline

greendre
greendre

What about elderman from the pats he is still out there.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

laamar woodley is a raider for 6 mil a year

coryv
coryv

@mustang66  Manish got it wrong AGAIN...big surprise there!! <off/ sarcasm>

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

@Pat d Rex's job is on the line this year dont feed us this "Rome wasn't built in a day" garbage

Pat d
Pat d

Disagree, Jets are in better shape.

hazard2012
hazard2012

@BringBackDaveTelghe  


Not sure why they're interested in Pettigrew, period.   Too much in common w/Cumberland, maybe even Sudfield, except maybe he blocks better.  Jets need a game changing TE, not more of what they already have.       

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@BringBackDaveTelghe  we resigned cumberland i hear the coaches and front office are high on sudfield throw pettigrew in the mix let them battle it out in camp 

bob
bob

@SangHoon Lee

That's a good thing . So for it was like last night no reports of Pettigrew has left the bld..

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@SangHoon Lee  the way the raiders been spending money and that noone has confirmed the intital report now for 7 hrs i wouldnt be surprised if we lose pettigrew to the raiders 

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@mustang66  yeah i have a feeling we are in such a big media market alot of our beat writers rush things out to stay one up on the other guy 

hawkeye
hawkeye

@mustang66  Maybe other teams get things done faster because the rumors aren't being fabricated by a bunch of hacks.

Eric Falkman
Eric Falkman

@Pablo Bruno  I'm hearing the hang up right now is the browns want stephen hill in the deal as well

nyjnym
nyjnym

@Pablo Bruno  source? if the browns did this they would be the dumbest franchise on the face of the earth ... oh wait they are the browns

marcus81
marcus81

@greendre Decker is like a rich man's version of Edelman, now we need a deep threat

Pat d
Pat d

You don 't win a SB unless you draft good.

Pat d
Pat d

Did Manish tell you Rex's job was on the line.

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

@Pat d We have no cb opposite of Dee, no safety upgrade, our RT signing is know for being undisciplined, ad we have no OLB opposite of Coples  

Bent
Bent moderator

@bob @SangHoon Lee  The difference is that we also haven't had any reports that he's at the building either!

MPTG_Frank
MPTG_Frank

Is there anyway to block and report as spam?

bradysucks
bradysucks

Edelman is great on special teams. He would be a great pick up for the Jets! He is an excellent punt returner and he was the best WR on the Pats last year.

Very underrated good player. Would love it if the Jets got him

Pat d
Pat d

That's what was said the last two seasons

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

@Pat d No just everyone with functioning brain cells knows if they don't make the playoffs this year he is a goner  

Pat d
Pat d

You don't build a team with FA alone. Are you unaware that there will be trades, that top players will be cut and there is the draft.