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Andrew Wiggins’ brother: Kentucky may not be best fit for nation’s top prospect

Apr 6, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

Andrew Wiggins AP

If Andrew Wiggins chooses to attend Kentucky, he would round out one of the most impressive recruiting classes in recent memory. But if the opinion of Wiggins’ brother, Nick, is any indication perhaps the younger Wiggins does not want to be part of such a massive, high-powered class.

“They’ve got a couple kids coming (back), they got seven or eight dudes that are already signed to come in off the (McDonald’s) All-America team, and I don’t feel like it would be the best fit for him to make his own legacy,” Wichita State guard Nick Wiggins said, as reported by Yahoo. “But in the end, he’s going to make the best decision for him.”

If Wiggins commits to Kentucky, it would mean coach John Calipari secured commitments from four of the top five players in the country, according to, and seven of the Top 20. But where would all of the minutes and shots go?

Alex Poythress has already committed to returning to Lexington, as has center Willie Cauley-Stein. Poythress and freshman Julius Randle will battle for minutes, and the freshman duo of Andrew and Aaron Harrison will dominate minutes in the backcourt.

Wiggins would still be the focal point, as he’s the most highly touted prospect to come out of high school in some time, but there will be other stars looking for shots. Calipari & Co. proved with their 2012 national championship that getting the majority of the shots isn’t necessary to be a top pick. Wiggins is likely a lock for that top pick anyway.

But is Kentucky where he wants to call home? Would the college experience be different at North Carolina, Kansas, or Florida State?

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. tjjohnson98 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Kansas is his best shot to get top level coaching, be surrounded by good talent, and still be “the guy”. Plus they always seem to contend, even in their down years.

    • teisenmenger - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      Next to Carolina, maybe.

    • njlqnf - Apr 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      annnddd… just how many Kansas pro’s have done jack s**** in the NBA since Bill Self took over? Nice try.

  2. imforbigblue - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    This guy is a freaking tool. just last year in a interview a guy asked him where he thinks his brother should go to school and he said KENTUCKY and UK was a great place and how great coach Cal was. Don’t believe me YouTube it and watch the video. Just goes to show you he’s trying to stay in the lime light long as he can because he sucks and not half as Good as his brother

    • teisenmenger - Apr 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      That was a year ago. At that time he might have been correct but the situation has changed significantly with the kind of recruiting class Kentucky put together in the year since. The point Nick makes is valid today. One thing he didn’t point out is what happens if Wiggins chooses Kentucky and he DOESN’T win the national championship? He’ll be a member of a team remembered for not fulfilling its potential and meeting its goals, just like Michigan’s Fab Five. Period.

      So…think about what you just said and how irrelevant your comments before you call someone else a “tool”.

  3. gatordontplay - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    so a division 1athlete playing in the final 4 sucks becsuse he thinks that Uk is bad fit for his brother? while Uk lost to rober morris in the NIT.. hahahahahaha you mad bro?
    next he is going to say wiggins is an over rated punk for not choosing them like he said about chris walker and jabri parker.
    and if he does sign with uk he will act like he never said anything bad about him like the harrison twins cheating with UA and Maryland..
    imforbigblue I hope you enjoy your weekend watching your biggest rival and the best coach in your state win a national title.. haha

  4. imforbigblue - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    gator don’t open your mouth your the biggest perp on this site saying your a UNC fan with that name. You don’t have much room to talk UNC sucked ass this year also. The reason UK was so bad this year they had no leadership and didn’t listen to there coach. Next year UK will own college basketball and smash everybody in there way.

    plus the guy who said Wiggins is any Good just because his team is in the FF don’t mean Jack he will watch from the bench. UK doesn’t need Wiggins we are set without him let him go to FSU and be the fourth best team in the ACC and not even win there league let alone a shot at a title like Kentucky will have. Hate now because next year were back on top bitches

  5. imforbigblue - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    and gator only freaking douch bags use the line you made bro fits you good

  6. oruacat2 - Apr 6, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    I hope he chooses UK, but if he doesn’t want to compete for and earn his playing time, which is what his brother is implying, then Wiggins should by all means go elsewhere.

  7. chris267 - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    I think his brother may have a valid point having the experience playing in college now, besides he knows Andrew better than any of us who speculate or want him to committ to the team of our choice because we are fans. Andrew’s game is already being scouted for the NBA, which is alot of pressure although he has not played college ball yet. History of the game is valued by the greats who currently play the game today. In recent history we have a few instaces of success and maybe failure going on in the NBA. Here’s some examples, Heat, Lakers, Thunder…. What fans / analyst may view as talent on paper may not always transition onto the court. Great players (Lebron James) are able to bring talent along with them and elevate the peformance of the players around them. Whereas some talent can be overshadowed by other good players by not having the oppurntunity to get the minutes they desire (James Harden). Then there’s players trying to adjust there games to fit others (Kobe Bryant & the lakers). Andrew has the Talent no doubt / but his success will be determined by his Basketball IQ on and off the court if he wishes to become 1 of the greats. Its starts with his decison on which school to commit to.

  8. jazatwell - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Tell no one, but the choice is down to two. Interestingly it is between Mitchell Wiggins Florida State, and the school that his Father Mitchell had wanted to play for, The University of North Carolina.

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