After months of speculation, small forward Andrew Wiggins from Huntington (W. Va.) Prep has reclassified to the class of 2013. Wiggins, the consensus top player in the 2014 class and widely considered the best high school player in the country, should immediately shoot to the top of all the 2013 recruiting big boards.
In an article posted by USA Today's Eric Prisbell earlier this morning, Wiggins' high school coach Rob Fulford noted that Wiggins needed just one more English credit to graduate a year early, thereby making him eligible for the 2013 class. Prisbell followed that up with an afternoon post in which Wiggins' father, former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins, said he expected his son to reclassify. Quoth the father: "it's time."
Now, all the major recruiting news outlets are reporting that Wiggins is a member of the 2013 class after Wiggins and his father spoke to Fulford. With Wiggins officially reclassified, the 2013 recruiting class is one of the best in recent memory--if it wasn't already. Further, having already landed four 5-star prospects and targeting (at least) two more, the Kentucky Wildcats have a chance to have the "greatest recruiting class of all-time."
Along with five-star forwards Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon, Wiggins immediately shoots to the top of Kentucky's recruiting wish list. Wiggins has long been said to favor Kentucky and the Florida St. Seminoles, his parents' alma mater.
The Seminoles should be considered a real threat, especially after Wiggins' high school and AAU teammate and lifelong friend Xavier Rathan-Mayes committed there earlier this month. The North Carolina Tar Heels are currently running third, with other schools like the Kansas Jayhawks, Ohio St. Buckeyes, and others trying to get in the mix.
But with the Kentucky recruiting machine humming along at full force, it would be a major upset if Wiggins did not choose Kentucky. The presence of fellow five-star small forward James Young might be a minor deterrent, with the added possibility that Wiggins would not want to share the spotlight with so many other talented players. It remains more likely, however, that Wiggins will team with the best of the best to highlight his best talents, improve his secondary skills, and aim for not just an NCAA Championship banner, but a year for the ages.