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Andrew Wiggins continues to draw out recruiting process

Andrew Wiggins' recruiting process is reaching historic levels. Just how much longer can this thing play out?

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If it feels like Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 prospect for the 2013 recruiting class, is taking a long time to commit, you would be right.

Wiggins, who is believed to have a final school list of Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, is making history with just how long he is dragging out the recruiting process.

Last year, Shabazz Muhammad took months to make his college decision. He finally pulled the trigger on April 11, picking the longtime favorite UCLA Bruins. Nerlens Noel made his decision the same day as he unveiled "UK" designed into the back of his head, picking Kentucky over the likes of just about every major program on the East Coast.

Of all the top-100 prospects listed on Rivals, only Wiggins and one other player, Allerik Freeman, haven't decided where they will play basketball next season. Other elite recruits like Aaron Gordon, who's headed to Arizona, made their call in April at the McDonald's All-American Game.

Anthony Davis, the first player selected in the 2012 NBA Draft, signed with Kentucky during the second week of November in 2010 after committing in August.

Typically, if a recruit hasn't made a decision by now, he's headed to a junior college because he can't qualify academically, or he plans on playing overseas in Europe with hopes of making a few extra dollars. But that isn't the case with Wiggins.

Wiggins is going to play a year of college basketball and then almost assuredly head to the NBA, where some are already calling him the No. 1 pick more than a year before draft night. It's easy to see why he would want to take his time with the choice. After all, once he puts pen to paper and signs, he's locked in.

Maybe he really is conflicted on where he wants to play one season of college basketball, or maybe he just wants the media attention. After all, the kid could probably walk outside with green shoelaces on and probably have it analyzed by some expert on a recruiting website.

There comes a point, though, when it takes too much time to decide. He's met with the coaches of his perspective schools more times than he can count. He's visited all of the campuses. He knows what the rosters will look like at each school next year.

A decision should be coming anytime now, but the way things have gone the past six months, only one person in the world knows exactly when a final call will be made. Right now, there doesn't seem to be any kind of rush.

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