Already hallowed as one of the better recruiting classes in recent memory, the high school class of 2013 has reached all-time status with the re-classification of superstar forward Andrew Wiggins.
Announced Thursday, Wiggins' reclassification came as a shock to few and he's "ready for the next step," according to his father, Mitchell Wiggins.
Here is what the elder Wiggins said, via USA Today's Eric Prisbell:
It's time [for him] to show that he is the best in college right now. I think he is ready for the next step. Academically-wise he is doing great. Maturity-wise he is doing great. He has a lot of talent. He is ready for the next step, and everybody knows it is time. It's Andrew's time. Next year is coming soon, and he is ready.
Moving to the class of 2013 joins Wiggins with fellow prep star Jabari Parker to create the most hyped duo of recruits in recent memory.
A product of Chicago's Simeon High School, which has been in the news recently due to the ESPN film Benji, Parker has already been the subject of a Sports Illustrated cover that dubbed him "the best high school basketball prospect since LeBron James."
If that statement is indeed true, then we're in for a dandy of a class considering nearly every mainstream publication ranks Wiggins ahead of Parker.
Measured at 6'7" in shoes, the Canadian-born Wiggins has been a force since arriving at Huntington (WV.) Prep, becoming an all-around star on the offensive and showing improvement defensively.
He's also already shown enough athleticism to play at a professional level. Whether it's catching alley-oops or throwing down open-court slams, the forward looks like a player way older than 17.
Even better is the fact that his 6'11" wingspan foreshadows another possible growth spurt or Wiggins simply having other-worldly potential on the defensive end to go with his offensive skills.
While you will likely hear about Wiggins and Parker ad nauseam in the coming months, the depth of this class is what truly sticks out.
Obviously, it's way too early to make concrete judgments on any of these young stars. We've seen countless prospects flame out over time, unable to handle the classroom or competition rigors that the collegiate level offers.
Nonetheless, all it takes is one look at 2014 NBA mock drafts to signify the immense potential of this crop of players.
According to NBADraft.net's early prognostications, the first seven and nine of the first 14 players taken in the 2014 draft will come from the class of 2013. In DraftExpress.com's look at the 2014 draft, that number drops—merely to the first five players taken in the first round.
Among those names to be taken early are Julius Randle, who has drawn comparisons to Chris Webber and James Young, who may be the best pure shooter coming out of high school since Bradley Beal.
Alone, Parker plus this cabal of elite prospects made this graduating class one of the best in recent memory.
However, it's Wiggins' presence that truly makes the class of 2013 one to remember. The kid has superstar potential and his choice where to play collegiate ball may swing the 2014 NCAA national championship.
For Wiggins, Parker and the remainder of the class of 2013, only one question remains: can they live up to the hype?
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