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The 'next LeBron James' commits to Kansas

Wiggins has committed to Kansas (©GettyImages)
Wiggins has committed to Kansas (©GettyImages).

Andrew Wiggins, the number one high school basketball prospect in the country, has announced he will play for the Kansas Jayhawks next year.

The 6-foot-7 small forward has been called the most impressive high school prospect since LeBron James, and was considering three other colleges alongside Kansas until he revealed his decision on Tuesday. 

Florida State, North Carolina and Kentucky were the others under consideration.

The Canadian prospect averaged 23.6 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists for Huntingdon Prep in West Virginia last season, and was named Naismith High School player of the year.

Previous winners of the award include Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

"I'm looking forward to getting there [Kansas] and just doing my thing," Wiggins told ESPN. "I just followed my heart."

Widely regarded as a guaranteed lottery pick should he decide to declare for the NBA draft after one year of college, Wiggins has the genes to thrive at the highest level.

His dad was a stand out college basketball player for Florida State before going on to play six seasons in the NBA, while his mother competed for Canada in track and field - winning two silver medals at the 1984 Olympics.

With Wiggins on board, Kansas are now a legitimate Final Four contender - also heading to the Jayhawks next year are Wayne Selden, Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene. The nation's best centre, Joel Embiid, is also a commit.

 

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