Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1-ranked high schooler in the country, is currently on his official visit to Florida State. Its Wiggins first official visit, and hes expected to make trips to Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas before deciding on a school.
Kentucky and Florida State are considered the co-favorites.
The Huntington Prep star played two games over the weekend at the Marshall County Hoop Fest, which was attended by thousands of UK fans. John Calipari caught some flak for not making the trip to Benton, Ky., to see Wiggins play Friday or Saturday. UK was defeated by Baylor at Rupp Arena on Saturday afternoon. Former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall was in Benton on Friday, and former UK player Derek Anderson was there Saturday.
Calipari and assistants Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne had seen Wiggins play at Scott County High School a couple of weeks earlier.
Heres everything Wiggins and his coach, Rob Fulford, had to say about the Florida State visit, the UK fans and anything else related to his recruitment:
What about the recruiting process? Hows that going?
Its still the same as it was a couple of weeks ago.
Are you making a visit to Florida State?
Is that next weekend?
Im not sure. I know its early December.
Is that an official visit?
I dont know. Youll have to ask my dad.
What about the atmosphere out there tonight?
It was crazy. It was probably the most people I played in front of since the Hoop Summit. It was a big crowd. They loved us. Enjoyed our team. And we entertained them the way the game should be played.
Did you pay attention to them at the very end of the game, when they were chanting UK and Go Cats?
Its always a pleasure to see fans chanting my name or chanting where I should go to school. Theyre showing me love and support.
Whens the last time you heard from Calipari or any of his staff?
A couple days ago.
What did they say to you?
Are they planning on coming down here and see you?
Im not too sure. We didnt discuss that.
How ready are you for this process to be over with?
Im ready. Everyone always asks where Im going and everything. So it will be a joy when its over.
Whats your take on Florida State? What do you like about those guys in general?
Florida State, again, the legacy. Everything that happened there with my parents. It would be a joy to go there. Great weather, great people, great education, great coaching staff, good facilities. They make players better. They dont always get the best player in the nation, or Top 5, or Top 10. But they develop players, four-year players, to be ready for the NBA.
Whats their pitch been to you?
Just telling me that I already have a legacy there with my parents.
What about some of these other schools (like North Carolina)?
UNC, it was similar to Kentucky. They say they want me, they can do big things with me and, again, thats a big-time school. Legends were made there, like Jordan.
Have you thought about maybe taking a visit there?
Yeah. But not yet. In spring, when it gets a little bit warmer.
Will Florida State be your only visit while the seasons going on?
I have no clue.
So, your parents are going with you on that trip to Tallahassee?
What about with Kansas?
Kansas they stay talking to me and everything. Again, that school is just historic. A lot of history in basketball.
Seems like a lot of people think its Kentucky, Florida State and then the rest. Whats your take on that?
Thats peoples opinion. People just want to get their two cents in. But I dont really pay a lot of attention to it.
Are your parents drawn to the idea of you playing at (Florida State)?
They dont care where I go. They just tell me to go where Im happy. Go where it d be a good school for me. No one else.
What did you think about the atmosphere here tonight?
Oh, the atmosphere was great. Obviously, playing in Kentucky, there was a ton of Kentucky fans. And thats good to see.
Hes got a visit set up to (Florida State), is that right?
Hes going to Florida State on Tuesday morning. His parents are going to go down for the Florida game. Hes going to go and get that one over with and then well try to plug some in as he can. But hes already said that he wants to visit Florida State, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina. Those are the ones he wants to visit. Timeframe we dont know. Obviously we just dont have a ton of weekends available for visits. I know hes going to take this one because his parents could come, but hes said he wants to take at least those four.
Was that a change of plans, that he went on and is doing one here in December?
I think his dad basically set it up. And Andrew just kind of went along with it.
Do you get a sense that his parents would like him to go to Florida State?
They both were students there, athletes there. Theyre not going to pressure him. Theyre going to allow Andrew to make his decision. I think they just need to check off on it, which is how we got him (at Huntington Prep). We developed a relationship with his parents, and when the decision time was around the corner, Andrew knew he wanted to come here. But he had to have mom and dads approval. And thats how the college choice is going to happen. Andrew will make the decision. Theyll just have to sign off on it.
Is the recruiting process wearing on Andrew?
I dont know that its wearing on him, because he doesnt communicate, really. Hell text occasionally back with those guys. And I dont even know that he even takes phone calls. Hes good about kind of taking what he wants and eliminating the rest. I dont know that its weighing on him. The whole reclassification thing weighed on him more than recruiting. And recruiting is definitely going to pick up, as far as weight, when it comes decision time. And with him taking an official visit now, I think it becomes a little bit more other schools getting antsy because hes taking one. But thats the one his parents have set up, and hell go from there.
So that will be an official to Florida State?
Yeah, its an official.
How do you see him making that decision? Hes not going to be one of those TV guys, is he?
I know he doesnt want to do that, right now. He may change that. The one thing for Andrew is he doesnt like the limelight. He doesnt like the attention. And were not going to push him to do that. Hes going to get enough TV time in his career that he doesnt need to do a press conference on where hes going to school if he doesnt want to.
Have you already had ESPN and place like that ask you about trying to set something like that up?
Yeah. We just dont know when its going to be. I dont think Andrew will be the guy who holds off. I think, when he knows, everybody will know. Andrew will make the decision. The parents just have to sign off.
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