Andrew Wiggins

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Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins Huntington (cropped).jpg
Wiggins playing for Huntington Prep in 2013
No. 22 – Kansas Jayhawks
PositionSmall forward
LeagueBig 12 Conference
Personal information
Born(1995-02-23) February 23, 1995 (age 19)
Thornhill, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolVaughan (Vaughan, Ontario)
Huntington Prep
(Huntington, West Virginia)
CollegeKansas (2013–present)
Career highlights and awards
 
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Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins Huntington (cropped).jpg
Wiggins playing for Huntington Prep in 2013
No. 22 – Kansas Jayhawks
PositionSmall forward
LeagueBig 12 Conference
Personal information
Born(1995-02-23) February 23, 1995 (age 19)
Thornhill, Ontario
NationalityCanadian
Listed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolVaughan (Vaughan, Ontario)
Huntington Prep
(Huntington, West Virginia)
CollegeKansas (2013–present)
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Christian Wiggins (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian college basketball player who plays for the Kansas Jayhawks. He was the top college basketball recruit in 2013, and going into the 2013−14 college season was considered the favorite to be selected with the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Wiggins was born and raised in Thornhill, Ontario.[1] He is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and former Canadian Olympic track-and-field sprinter Marita Payne-Wiggins.[3]

High school career[edit]

Wiggins attended Vaughan Secondary School in Vaughan, Ontario for two years before transferring to Huntington Prep School in Huntington, West Virginia in 2011.

Wiggins had been rated as the top prospect for 2014, but announced in October 2012 that he would officially reclassify into his original high school class of 2013, and was immediately placed ahead of the previous number one prospect, Jabari Parker, by ESPN.[4]

Wiggins was named the 2013 Naismith Prep Player of the Year on February 25.[5] He was named the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year on March 28 as the nation's top high school player.[6] He was the first Canadian player to be so named.[6][7] In May 2013, he was named Mr. Basketball USA.[8] He was ranked number one high school basketball player by SLAM Magazine.[9]

In April 2013, Wiggins played in the Jordan Brand Classic All-American game in Brooklyn.[10][11] He scored 19 points and tied Julius Randle for lead scorer for the East team.[10][11]

College career[edit]

Wiggins committed to the Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team on May 14, 2013.[12] Before the announcement, he had narrowed his choices to Florida State University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas and the University of North Carolina.[13] Wiggins joined the Kansas team on June 19, 2013.[1]

Wiggins currently averages 16.3 points per game, makes 35.7% of his three-pointers, and averages 5.8 rebounds a game in his freshman year at Kansas.[14][15] On January 22, 2014, Wiggins was named a Top 25 Finalist for the John R. Wooden Men's Player of the Year award by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.[16][17] On February 28, he was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year.[18]

International[edit]

Wiggins participated in the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and 2012 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship, assisting the Canadian national team's win of a bronze medal in each tournament.[19] During the 2010 victory, Wiggins was a teammate of Anthony Bennett, the number one overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.[20]

Personal life[edit]

One of his older brothers, Nick, currently plays basketball at Wichita State University, while his other older brother, Mitchell Jr., currently plays basketball at Southeastern University.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dodd, Rustin. Andrew Wiggins debuts with big dunk in front of KU fans, Kansas City Star, June 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Parrish, Gary. 2014 NBA Draft: Projecting next year's lottery picks, CBS Sports, June 28, 2013.
  3. ^ MIKE GANTER (2010-12-08). "Andrew Wiggins: Canada's great basketball hope". Torontosun.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  4. ^ Telep, Dave (2012-10-25). "Andrew Wiggins in Class of 2013". espn.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  5. ^ "Canada's Wiggins wins Naismith award as top high school basketball player in US". Yahoo! Sports. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  6. ^ a b Payne, Terrence. Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins first Canadian to win Gatorade Athlete of the Year, NBC Sports, July 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Schwadron, Abe (2013-03-28). "Andrew Wiggins, Alonzo Mourning Speak About Gatorade POY Award". SLAM Magazine. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  8. ^ Flores, Ronnie (2013-05-08). "Andrew Wiggins Named Mr. Basketball USA". HighSchoolHardwood.com. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  9. ^ SLAM ONLINE | » SLAM Fresh 75 – 2013
  10. ^ a b Andrew Wiggins - 2013-14 Men's Basketball, KU Athletics Department.
  11. ^ a b Berman, Carl. 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, Huffington Post, April 17, 2013.
  12. ^ Top prospect Andrew Wiggins chooses Kansas, Lawrence Journal-World, May 14, 2013.
  13. ^ Meek, Austin. Wild chase leads Wiggins to KU, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  14. ^ "University of Kansas Men's Basketball: #22 Andrew Wiggins". KUAthletics.com. Kansas University Athletics Department. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Player Profile: Andrew Wiggins". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  16. ^ John R. Wooden Midseason Top 25+ Advanced Stats, Los Angeles Athletic Club, January 22, 2014.
  17. ^ Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins Named to John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, KU Athletics, January 22, 2014.
  18. ^ "Top 10 National Semifinalists Named for 2014 Men's Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T". Naismith Awards. February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Canada Captures Bronze Medal at FIBA Americas U18 Championship!". NorthPoleHoops.com. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  20. ^ "Andrew Wiggins". Canada Basketball. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

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