Top prospect Wiggins to play game at Scott Co.

broberts@herald-leader.comNovember 16, 2012 

  • Sunday

    Huntington (W.Va.) Prepvs. Christian Faith (N.C.)

    What: Huntington Prep, the nation's No. 1-ranked team, is led by top UK recruiting target Andrew Wiggins

    Where: Scott County High School

    When: 4 p.m. TV: CWKYT

    Tickets: $10

The best high school basketball player in America will bring his game to Central Kentucky for the first time on Sunday.

John Calipari and UK fans everywhere are hoping it's not his last appearance.

Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the country, will lead Huntington Prep (W.Va.), the No. 1-ranked team in the country, against Christian Faith (N.C.) in a made-for-UK-fans matchup at Scott County High School.

The game will start at 4 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door.

Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford said the gym where his team practices isn't big enough to house actual games, so they've had to get "a little creative" with their scheduling.

Since Wiggins is UK's biggest recruiting target in the class of 2013, a game in Central Kentucky seemed like a no-brainer.

"We know that Kentucky is going to be involved until the end," Fulford said. "And the idea was that we could have a game up there. It gets Andrew in front of the fans up there. It gets us in front of a crowd, which we don't get here. So I think it's a win-win. It should be a good atmosphere for a game."

Huntington Prep played a scrimmage earlier this month at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes — or, "the middle-of-nowhere, Kentucky," as Fulford called it.

That gym was packed with UK fans, who directed a suggestive "C-A-T-S!" chant at their most-coveted recruit.

"He probably stayed an hour after the game was over and took pictures," Fulford said. "Every autograph, every picture for every kid that was in the line."

Wiggins, who's from the suburbs of Toronto, has come to expect the spotlight.

But he doesn't relish it.

Fulford said Wiggins rarely texts, never picks up a phone call and isn't a fan of Twitter (despite having more than 20,000 followers).

"He doesn't like the attention," Fulford said. "He hates it. ESPN wanted him to do some kind of a live phone interview during their signing period show and he just declined. He just isn't in to all that."

And the hottest prospect on the planet cringes at the very mention of recruiting.

Everyone seems to think that his college decision will come down to Kentucky and Florida State, where both of his parents were standout athletes.

But Fulford expects the process to drag out.

"He doesn't like making decisions," he said.

On the basketball court, it's a different story.

Wiggins, a 6-foot-8 forward, has become a YouTube sensation with his athleticism.

Head-above-rim dunks are not uncommon, and he's also an accomplished passer, rebounder and defender.

"You've seen him on YouTube and the mixtapes and all that. And as good as it looks on there, it's even better in person," Fulford said.

"If you've got an opportunity to come watch the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, why would you not come?"

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216Twitter: @NextCatsBlog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com

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