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Andrew Wiggins drops 57 in a response to Sports Illustrated article

Feb 8, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins, the top high school basketball player in the nation, exploded for 57 points in Huntington Prep’s 111-59 win over the Marietta College JV team on Thursday night. The offensive outburst was sparked by a Sports Illustrated article posted about him earlier in the day.

The article, written by Pete Thamel, examined the highs and lows of the Canadian product. It discussed his talent and his ceiling-less potential while also mentioning Wiggins’ two-month stint at a North Carolina prep school several years ago, and questions about his motor.

“After that article dropped, I knew I had to respond,” Wiggins told Zack Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio. “That was the best way to respond.”

Wiggins shot 24-for-28, even more impressive is that the No. 1 recruit has been battling a case of bronchitis during this stretch of the season. Although it was a Division III junior varsity squad, according to Jackson, Huntington Prep and Marietta played twice last season with Wiggins and Co. winning by single digits each time.

The 6-foot-7 Wiggins is likely to pick from either Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina or Kansas. Wiggins has previously visited Florida State, the alma mater of both of his parents.

Rob Fulford, Wiggins’ coach, told Fox Sports Ohio, following the game that his star player does have the tendency to play harder “in spurts.” If this is any indication of what Wiggins looks like when he’s fully locked in, he could live up to the hype as the world’s top high school-aged prospect and be that future NBA All-Star that several college coaches told Thamel they believe he can be.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

  1. cranespy - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Resist the urge to follow the line to Lexington….there it’s all about Cal the recruiter…..a coach he is not. Do your family and your future a favor…..anywhere but Caltown!

    • knicksukcats - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Yeah the Coach of the reigning National Champs and the guy who took his team to the final 4 the last 2 years can’t coach. I will take that kind of bad coaching any day for my team.

  2. barnesaintnoble - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Stay close to home and go to Michigan! Ann Arbor is only a 6 hour drive from suburban Toronto and only a one hour flight! Great education, great school and one of the best coaches in the nation! Just ask Trey Burke.

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