Andrew Wiggins: North Carolina Must Impress Top Recruit with Win over Duke

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IMarch 9, 2013

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 13:  Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 13, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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As if North Carolina's game against Duke wasn't big enough on Saturday night, now the Tar Heels will have one of their top recruits in attendance for the game.

According to Bret Strelow of, top 2013 Tar Heels recruit Andrew Wiggins will be in attendance at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill for the game against the Blue Devils.

Wiggins is the No. 1 recruit for the 2013 class and North Carolina remains a strong possibility to land him.

This will be his last visit to the campus before making his ultimate decision. Wiggins is also considering Kentucky, Florida State and Kansas, with the Wildcats and Seminoles being the front-runners, per Strelow's report.

Per Adam Zagoria of, here is what Wiggins had to say about his upcoming decision:

“I haven’t found it yet, so I am just waiting for that moment that will convince me it’s the right place,” Wiggins told exclusively after scoring 17 points Friday night as Huntington (W.V.) Prep beat Oldsmar Christian, 64-46.

If there was ever a time for the Tar Heels to impress Wiggins and convince him to come to Chapel Hill, the time is now. The moment he makes his decision could be the moment North Carolina knocks off Duke.

Duke is a heavy favorite over North Carolina in this matchup, but that means next to nothing at the moment. It's no secret the Tar Heels are having an off year, but they are still 22-8 and will have an incredibly bright future next season if they can add Wiggins to their current roster.

Furthermore, if the Tar Heels are able to best the Blue Devils in this game, Wiggins may see the one-of-a-kind atmosphere that the Smith Center can present, and the goosebumps alone from imagining what it would be like to have those same fans cheering him on could be too much to pass up.

Wiggins will no doubt get a little preview of North Carolina fans cheering his name, as I'm sure they will be well aware of his presence at the game. I'd venture to guess Tar Heels fans will be giving that chant a bit extra on Saturday night.

Even so much as competing with Duke will go a long way for North Carolina. Granted, it wouldn't have the same result, but Wiggins would know that he's the piece the Tar Heels are missing to get over the top against other elite teams in the nation.

There are plenty of great programs in college basketball today, but few are as prestigious as North Carolina. With so many great players in their history, Wiggins could very well see himself as the next great to grace the floor for the Tar Heels.