College Basketball Recruiting

Andrew Wiggins at Florida State Would Be Good for College Basketball

April 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA;  McDonald's All American forward Andrew Wiggins (22) poses for portraits before the 36th McDonalds All American Games to be played at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 13, 2013

If you don't have any horses in this race, you should undoubtedly be rooting for superstar Andrew Wiggins to attend Florida State. 

As you've likely heard ad nauseam over the past several months, the best high school baller on the planet has narrowed his decision down to four schools: Florida State, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina. 

He's extremely close to finally ending the speculation (via ESPN's Paul Biancardi and Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford):

Now, if you're a diehard Kentucky, Kansas or North Carolina fan, no one is going to blame you for vehemently buying up every turkey in town just so you can use all the wishbones on wishes for a Wiggins commitment.

But if you want the 2013-14 college basketball season to be as well-balanced and exciting as possible, you're going to want Wiggins to don a Seminole jersey next season. 

Put simply, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina are already good enough.

In addition to bringing back Kyle Wiltjer, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, the Wildcats are adding quite possibly the best recruiting class in history—with or without Wiggins. 

Julius Randle, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson, James Young and Marcus Lee give them an elite player at every position and a staggering six McDonald's All Americans. Adding Wiggins to that group would be like giving $1,000 to a multi-millionaire. 

Kentucky, even without the country's top recruit, is already the (very) early favorite to cut the nets down at Cowboys Stadium.

North Carolina will return the majority of an extremely young team along with three incoming freshmen—two McDonald's All Americans—capable of contributing right away.

Kansas is a little bit of a lesser-known entity than the first two. The Jayhawks are losing Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Kevin Young, and while they are bringing in four talented recruits, the outlook for next season is slightly up in the air.

Still, with Bill Self at the helm, we've learned that KU is always a legitimate threat to win the Big 12. 

Then you have Florida State. The Seminoles are losing Michael Snaer and Terrance Shannon from a team that stumbled to the NIT last year, and as it stands, Xavier Rathan-Mayes is one of two players coming in to help.

Should Wiggins head south to Tallahassee, it would immediately help even out the balance of power in college basketball. It would provide the stage for some truly memorable, scintillating individual performances. 

It would give us an opportunity to see one of the most talented young players in the world attempt to carry a team, a la Kevin Durant sans Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.

It would give us a recruiting upset.

It would remind us what is great about amateur athletics—a young, highly sought-out player spurning the national powerhouses for the school that his mom and dad went to, choosing family over fame. 

Best of all, Wiggins to Florida State would make next year's college basketball campaign a whole lot less predictable, and as we found out this year, unpredictability makes for a thrilling season. 

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