Andrew Wiggins Must Weigh Pros and Cons of Each Remaining Program on His List

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247 Sports
Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Andrew Wiggins has narrowed his options down to four schools, and each one would provide something different for the talented basketball prospect.

According to 247Sports, the small forward is the No. 1 player in the country and will soon choose between North Carolina, Florida State, Kansas and Kentucky.

Of course, many believe that he is ready to pick the Wildcats after canceling his visits to the other schools, according to CBS' Jeff Goodman:

However, Jeff Borzello of CBS reported that he was just tired from his latest All-Star showcase. 

Assuming that each school is still in play, Wiggins has to look at all of the pros and cons of all four schools.




Kentucky will definitely have the best team on paper heading into next season, with or without Wiggins. If the top prospect decides to play for coach John Calipari, there will be a scary amount of talent.

Julius Randle, the Harrison twins and others will come in as part of an amazing recruiting class, and these players will join an already-talented roster that includes Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress.

These players could form a squad that could not only win a national championship, but become one of the best college basketball teams of all time.



There is a lot of talent on this roster, but that will create as many problems as it solves.

Not only will all of these players compete for playing time, they will also be battling for touches and shots during the games. This could hinder his development by getting fewer opportunities to shine.


North Carolina


With James Michael McAdoo and P.J. Hairston returning, this is going to be a good team next season. The addition of Wiggins could make North Carolina title contenders.

These are also veteran leaders who could mentor the wing as he enters college, something that Kentucky will lack next season. McAdoo knows what it is like to be a top recruit who struggles a bit in college, so he could help Wiggins avoid making the same mistakes.



Coach Roy Williams is not afraid to give playing time to freshmen, but he prefers using upperclassmen when they are available.

Even top prospects like McAdoo and Marvin Williams spent time on the bench in their first years as the more veteran players got priority. While Wiggins will still get on the floor, it might be less playing time than possible.




Bill Self has proven his ability to get players to the NBA. This includes not only top prospects but lesser-known players who worked hard to reach the next level.

The coach will help complete his game while making him a better defender and smarter decision-maker. Kansas will also have plenty of opportunities after losing all five starters from a year ago.



The fact that Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey and others are no longer on the team will cause the Jayhawks to struggle a bit, at least early on.

Kansas is usually among the top teams in the nation and should be expected to do well next year as well, but it might be tougher for this squad to win a national championship than some other teams on this list.


Florida State


One thing he will get at Florida State is freedom. There is not a lot of talent on the roster, and Wiggins could instantly become the man for the Seminoles.

In addition, there are a couple of personal connections for Wiggins with Florida State. Both of his parents went to the school, and high school teammate Xavier Rathan-Mayes already committed to play for the Seminoles.

This could help provide him with an increased comfort level when he travels to college.



Florida State was not a very good team last year and lost its best player in Michael Snaer. This could lead Wiggins to being forced to make too many plays on his own without talent around him.

If he starts getting into bad habits on the offensive end, this could lead to a big wake-up call in the NBA.