Andrew Wiggins, the most highly coveted high school basketball player on the planet, has officially committed to Kansas.
Grant Traylor of The Herald-Dispatch has the news:
Wiggins, who is already penciled in by most as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, wasn't expected to hit the collegiate level until 2014, but he reclassified and immediately took over the top spot in the 2013 rankings, according to 247Sports.
There are several elite prospects in this year's class (Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon, to name a few), but the Canadian native and Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) star has proven that he is a cut above the competition.
Wiggins can simply do it all on the basketball court:
At 6'8", 195 pounds, he has the body to play the 2, 3 or 4 at the collegiate level, but in the long run, his skill set points toward him being a superstar swingman.
First and foremost, he is a scorer. Lighting up the scoreboard clearly poses no problem for the kid.
While the release on his jump shot is slightly low, Wiggins has consistent range extending out to the three-point range. When he gets it going, he commands in-your-face defensive pressure beyond the arc.
Unfortunately for opposing defenders, once they get up into him, he has a lightning-fast first step and the quickness to get around them in an instant.
His ball-handling skills may not be fully developed just yet, but even at 6'8'', he can put the ball on the floor and get to the cup with an array of dribble-drives. Once he gets into the lane, opponents should probably just go ahead and get out of his way.
Wiggins will either finish above the rim or draw contact and get to the line. He is certainly no stranger to three-point plays, either, and has posterized plenty of high schoolers with rim-rattling throwdowns.
While we're on the subject, his athleticism cannot be overstated.
Wiggins demands attention because of his ability to score in bunches from anywhere on the hardwood, but his quickness, length and athleticism also project him to be an elite defender at the next level.
Much like most 18-year-olds, he will need to dedicate himself to giving maximum effort on that side of the court, but he has shown the ability to get in the passing lanes and provide highlight-reel blocks.
The dynamic Wiggins will need some polish, but he might already be the best player in college basketball. Although he is a very likely one-and-done, Bill Self and his staff are probably doing victory laps as we speak.