Andrew Wiggins was recently named America’s top male prep athlete and he is projected to be the No.1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
For almost a year, Wiggins has been widely acclaimed as the best high school prospect in the nation.
Last week, being the freak athlete that he is, the prep star outjumped leap measurement apparatus.
His peak vertical is yet to be determined, as he will be further working on his game next year at the University of Kansas.
Wiggins was asked: “If the NBA draft was tomorrow, which team do you think would be drafting you?”
Interpreting the question (during a highly mumbled interview) as being asked which team he would like to play for, Wiggins answered by saying: “I would like to say the Raptors. I want to play for them.”
Toronto fans must be delighted at the sound of homegrown talent wanting to play for the Raptors.
Wiggins is one of the most hyped up prep athletes since LeBron James. Wiggins would have easily been the first overall pick out of high school in this year’s 2013 NBA draft.
The rule requiring players to be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft has prevented ripe high school talent (LeBron, Kobe Bryant, etc) from jumping straight to the NBA.
However, the rule promotes (some would say forces) high school talent to peruse higher education and a chance to develop their game at national level before turning professional.
This does allow NBA teams to check if all the raw talent is the real deal and applicable against higher competition.
However, the odds of Toronto winning the first overall pick are below average, as they are expected to compete for a playoff spot.
There is also a new vacancy among elite teams in the Eastern conference with the offseason dismantling of the Boston Celtics.
Toronto would be wise to acquire draft picks and expiring contract this year and develop young talent by giving them heavy minutes.
The 2012-13 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year is a player worthy of building a dynasty around.
Watching Wiggins play leaves me in awe of how skilful he already is.
Barring any injury or scandal, his potential is as immense if not more colossal than any player entering the NBA.
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