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By The Sports Xchange May 14, 2013 2:29 PM
Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 player in the class of 2013, will play for the Kansas Jayhawks. Wiggins quietly announced his intentions at an intimate signing ceremony at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), in front of family and friends. "Obviously, everyone in Jayhawk-land is overwhelmed and excited today," KU coach Bill Self said. "This was a pleasant surprise because we never had an idea which way he was leaning. Andrew did this the exact way he said he was going to. He played his cards very close to his vest as did his mother and father. I knew we were one of four. The competition was very stiff and we were fortunate that we were able to ink him today. He's a tremendous talent and a terrific kid. Probably an even better kid than he is a talent. We think he has a chance to be about as good a prospect as we've ever had." Only one newspaper reporter, Grant Traylor of the Herald-Dispatch (W.V.), covered the event live and relayed the news to the masses. Wiggins reportedly only informed his parents of his decision Tuesday morning. Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina had also been connected to Wiggins, a Toronto native who is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and Olympic track star Marita Payne. The 6-foot-8 perimeter player was a McDonald's All-American, and hosted visits from a who's who of college coaches, including Kentucky's John Calipari in March. Wiggins averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists last season for Huntington Prep leading his team to a 30-3 record. "He brings athleticism, length, scoring ability and he's also an assassin, an alpha dog and we definitely need that when you have a whole bunch of young kids," Self said. "I think he's going to be not just a good player, but have the chance to be a great one. I know the people that support our program are going to be pleasantly surprised when they see him run and play the very first time he gets the opportunity." He was influenced by a connection with Self, and loved his school visit. Wiggins' brother, Nick, also plays at nearby Wichita State. Wiggins was initially in the Class of 2014 but was able to restore his classification to his original graduating class of 2013. The decision to head to Lawrence, Kan., set off a firestorm on social media, including personal and profane messages to Wiggins from fans of competing schools. Speculation centered around Leonard Hamilton and Florida State leading up to Tuesday's private ceremony. Both parents attended FSU and close friend Xavier Rathan-Mayes, a Toronto native who also played at Huntington Prep, signed with the Seminoles in December. Kansas lost All-American guard Ben McLemore to the NBA, but many recruiting services rated the Jayhawks' incoming class as one of the best in the nation even before adding Wiggins.