The most popular recruit in the 2013 class is without a doubt Canada native Andrew Wiggins. The 6-foot-8 phenom is regarded as the best high school prospect since Lebron James. He is the unanimous number one player in the 2013 class by any respected recruiting ranking system.
For the past year Wiggins’ recruiting has been a storyline. ESPN.com released their preseason All American teams last week and although he’s never played a game at the college level, he’s being tabbed as a first teamer. Whoever lands this kid will greatly benefit from the one year that he’ll be there.
Florida State, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina have appeared to be the leaders for Wiggins for the last few months. However, it’s hard to really tell which way he’s leaning. Those close to Wiggins maintain that even though it’s May, he still hasn’t made up his mind as to where he’ll spend his one season of college.
I’m no recruiting expert, but to my knowledge, Rick Pitino and the Louisville staff have never actively pursued Wiggins. However, his host mother says that if it were her decision, she’d like to see him at Louisville next season. Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal caught with Wiggins host mother on Monday evening.
“If it was my choice, I’d say he should go to Louisville,” Lesley Thomas tells Himmelsbach.
When you read that quote, there are probably two questions that you quickly ask yourself. For one, what is a host mother, and two, is there any chance at all that Wiggins ends up at Louisville?
A host mother/family are the people who take in players who come to America to play basketball. You may recognize the name Lesley Thomas, as she was also Gorgui Dieng’s host mother. Dieng attended the same prep school in Huntington West Virginia where Wiggins is currently a senior.
As far as the possibility of Wiggins shocking the world and committing to Louisville, never say never, but I certainly don’t think it will happen. Louisville has zero available scholarships for the next season, but Wiggins is the type of player that you make room for. I still say it’s highly unlikely, but just imagine if it did…