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Andrew Wiggins, World Select squad defeat Team USA in Hoop Summit

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins

Kentucky basketball recruit Andrew Wiggins helped lead the World Select team to a victory in the Nike Hoop Summit for the second consecutive year Saturday at Portland, Ore.

Wiggins scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists for the World squad, which won 112-98 over a Team USA squad that included UK signees Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison.

UK commitment Karl Towns — whose mother is from the Dominican Republic — had seven points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench for the World team.

Wiggins, a native of Canada, scored 20 points to lead the World to a win over Team USA in last year’s game.

Randle and Andrew Harrison each scored 19 for the U.S., which was led by Duke commitment Jabari Parker’s 22 points. Randle had a team-high eight rebounds and Harrison dished out a team-high five assists. Aaron Harrison was scoreless in 12-plus minutes off the bench. He was 0-for-3 from the field.

Livio Jean-Charles of France led all players with 27 points and 13 rebounds for the World team. The 19-year-old power forward is projected by to be an early second-round pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

Wiggins and Towns have been roommates all week at the Hoop Summit, and they showed some chemistry early in Saturday’s game.

The two World players were running the fast break together when Wiggins threw a lob to the 7-footer, who grabbed the ball in midair and made a layup while getting fouled.

Towns, a top-10 prospect in the class of 2014, won’t get to UK for more than a year.

Wiggins’ destination remains an unknown.

He was interviewed by ESPN2 during the first quarter but was not asked about his recruitment. The 6-foot-8 forward is still considering Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas.

UK Coach John Calipari made a trip to Wiggins’ high school in Huntington, W.Va., late last month to meet with the top recruit. The head coaches from the other three schools on Wiggins’ list have scheduled visits for this week.

There is no scheduled date for Wiggins’ college decision, but Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford told the Herald-Leader earlier this month that an announcement would come no later than May 15, which is the final day of the regular signing period.