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Andrew Wiggins rooming with Kentucky commit at the Nike Hoop Summit

Apr 20, 2013, 12:02 AM EDT

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Karl Towns (St. Joseph High/Metuchen, N.J.) committed to Kentucky on Dec. 4. He won’t be apart of the star-studded Class of 2013, though he will headline the 2014 group. There is still one player Kentucky is eyeing and by now almost everyone is aware its the top player in the country Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep/Thornhill, Ont.).

The two highly-touted recruits are teaming up at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. this week. The two good friend are even rooming with one another, but don’t expect Towns to assist the Wildcats in persuading Wiggins to Big Blue Nation, according to Larry Vaught of the Adovcate Messenger.

“I haven’t talked to him about Kentucky at all,” Towns told Vaught. “He has so much talent, but we are good friends. I just wish him the best for any school he picks. I want to let him enjoy the time here and just be friends and talk basketball and play video games. Stuff like that.”

If you’ve followed Wiggins and his recruitment at all it’s clear the decision is weighing on him, and that seems to be taking a major move forward next week. The 6-foot-7 small forward is down to only four schools — North Carolina, Kansas, Florida State and Kentucky.

He’s already met with John Calipari before the McDonald’s All-American Game, and next week he meets with Roy Williams on Monday, Bill Self on Tuesday and Leonard Hamilton on Wednesday.

Huntington Prep head coach downplayed the significance visits in an interview with Adam Zagoria earlier this week. He went on to tell Zagoria not to expect a press conference or anything extravagant from the nation’s top recruit when it is time to make a choice.

“I don’t see a press conference,” Fulford told at the Jordan Brand Classic. “He doesn’t need the attention….Knowing him he’ll just have somebody else tweet it for him.”

Towns, who played for Calipari on the Dominican Republic national team this summer, will play alongside the Canadian born Wiggins as part of the World Team in Saturday night’s showcase. The USA roster includes Kentucky commits Julius Randle and the Harrison twins.

The Nike Hoop Summit tips 7 p.m.

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  1. barkleyblows - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    If you wanna be on a team that’s gonna dominate next year… Pick Kentucky. It’s not that hard.

  2. bifford - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Why would he go to Kentucky? Wiggins doesn’t need UK for NBA scouts to spotlight him, he could play for a community college in Canada and still be the #1 pick next July.

    That aside, what’s this kids hold up? Just pick a school already and be done with it. You can’t score buckets by bring a waffle.

  3. 10of14 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    …just as UK did this past year? They were picked by many to be in the Final Four, yet didn’t get by the first round of the NIT. #toomuchego

    • jeffytravis13 - May 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      The lost their best player mid-season. And don’t listen to all the hype so much. That was poor work by those prognosticators, cuz UK had lost their entire starting five. There were also those who picked them to finish possibly top ten. And remember the team two years ago that wasn’t expected to do that well but made the final four. Last season’s team had only 5% of its scoring returning from the championship team. They had only two guys off the bench who played meaningful minutes. Next season they’ll have at least 4, and several players with college experience. That’s a big difference.

    • jeffytravis13 - May 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      No, more like just as UK did the season before, when they were picked #1 and won it all. It’s not an exact science. But those who picked a UK team that had lost all 5 starters with basically 1 or 2 half decent guys on the bench as a top 5 team were foolish. Next season they start off in a very different situation.

  4. imforbigblue - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I never seen anybody pick UK to go to the FF this year if anything they were picked to struggle like they did. They had no PG no leadership and a turn over ball hog running the team and there best player hurt. Next year we have a true PG three returning Good players some leadership and a bench that will be better than the starters on your favorite team #HATERS

  5. kingghidora - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Be happy while you can Cat bashers. Things will be different next year, you can bet on it. UK lost it’s entire team except for Wiltjer who was a minor role player. Calipari told the media they were nuts fo putting UK so high in the polls. He’s not saying that now. If Wiggins does pick UK they could be the first undefeated team in almost 40 years.

  6. packhawk04 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    “I never seen anybody pick them to go to the ff. If anything, they were picked to struggle like they did.”

    Ah yes… THAT is why they were in the preseason top 5. Because they were picked to struggle…. duh.


    • jeffytravis13 - May 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Yeah, that was the same bunch who picked UI to win it all, right? And picked UNC top ten, too. How did that work out? UCLA was top 5, too, on some polls, as well as Duke anywhere from 15-8, and NC State also in the top 7. Boy, they sure know their stuff. Admit THEIR failure.

  7. kingghidora - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    Yeah it was clear as could be that the point guard would be affected by family issues and distracted most of the year. And of course everyone knew the best freshman in the country would blow out his knee. Silly media for overlooking the Psychic Friends Network when they created their poll. That would be the same media that had Indiana picked to win the national title wouldn’t it? Wow their perfect record was sure shattered this year. Silly pollsters!

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