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What Andrew Wiggins would mean to his four finalists

At this point, every college basketball fan in America knows that top-ranked high school star Andrew Wiggins will end up at either Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina or Kansas. But what would his commitment mean to each school?


While the rest of the college basketball world sits back and watches the drama unfold, four schools wait for Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 high school player in the country, to make his college commitment. Wiggins has narrowed his list of schools down to Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas, and could make his decision any day now.

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Here is what Wiggins' commitment would mean to each of his four finalists.


Even without Wiggins, the Wildcats will enter the 2013-2014 season as the preseason national championship favorite, thanks to a recruiting class that is already considered to be quite possibly the best ever assembled. The group includes a record six McDonald's All-Americans, including the No. 1 ranked power forward (Julius Randle), point guard (Andrew Harrison), shooting guard (Aaron Harrison) and center (Dakari Johnson) in the country, according to's rankings.

However, adding Wiggins to that group, as well as fellow veterans Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Kyle Wiltjer would make Kentucky an overwhelming title favorite in 2014. It would also make the Wildcats a club with the potential to go down as one of the best in college basketball history.

With Wiggins' announcement earlier this week that he has cancelled in-home visits from Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas, it appears as though Kentucky is in prime position to land his services.

Florida State:

While Florida State might seem like a strange school to be in the mix for for a player of Wiggins' talent, there is a very strong possibility he could end up in Tallahassee. Both of Wiggins' parents attended the school, and his father Mitchell played for the Seminoles from 1981-83.

And if the younger Wiggins were to follow in his father's footsteps, the ramifications would be widely felt, both at Florida State and across college basketball as a whole.

If he were to commit, Wiggins would immediately go down as the biggest recruit in the program's history, and with his talent and the help of several other returnees, the Seminoles would immediately be in the mix for the 2014 ACC title. Florida State returns four of their top five scorers, and Wiggins would fill the void left by the Seminoles' one key graduate, Michael Snaer.

Snaer will depart Tallahassee this spring after a senior season in which he led Florida State with a team-high 14.8 points per game.

While it's a lot to ask of a freshman to duplicate or surpass Snaer's numbers, Wiggins has the talent to do so.

North Carolina:

While a commitment from Wiggins wouldn't be a program-changer at North Carolina like it might be at Florida State, his arrival would put the Tar Heels in the discussion as a true 2014 national championship contender.

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As things stand, North Carolina will likely begin the year ranked in the Top 10 even without Wiggins. The Tar Heels return their two leading scorers in guard P.J. Hairston and power forward James Michael McAdoo, along with starting point guard Marcus Paige, and a number of key reserves as well.

However the one hole the Tar Heels have is at small forward, where Reggie Bullock surprisingly decided to enter the NBA Draft last week.

With Bullock's departure, it would leave an open starting spot at small forward, the position Wiggins just so happens to play.


The final school on Wiggins' list is Kansas. And while fans might not immediately think of a program which has made six of the last seven Sweet 16s as one that would need the services of a top-ranked high school player, in the case of the 2014 Jayhawks, they'd be wrong.

That's because entering the 2013-2014 season, Bill Self's club will be starting over nearly from scratch, with all five starters leaving Lawrence. Included in that group is superstar wing player Ben McLemore, who will take his team-high 15.9 points per game to the NBA.

It also means that while Kansas might not be considered a "leader" for Wiggins, the Jayhawks could very well be an ideal fit.

There will be plenty of minutes to be had, and plenty of stats to pile up for the likely top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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