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Wiggins named Gatorade National Player of the Year

Andrew Wiggins of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep drew high praise from those watching him play for the first time.
Andrew Wiggins of Huntington (W.Va.) Prep drew high praise from those watching him play for the first time. Herald-Leader

The accolades continue to mount for Andrew Wiggins.

On Wednesday, the uncommitted Kentucky basketball recruit was surprised at his high school with the Gatorade National Player of the Year award.

Wiggins, a senior at Huntington Prep (W.Va.), is considered the No. 1 high school prospect in the country. He averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds this season and led the Express to a 30-3 record.

Former NBA center Alonzo Mourning made the trip to Huntington to surprise Wiggins with the award, which recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the court.

In addition to his success as a basketball player, Wiggins has a 3.35 GPA and volunteers as a goodwill visitor at the Cabell Huntington Hospital for children.

Last week, Wiggins was in Atlanta to accept his Naismith National Player of the Year trophy. He is also a McDonald's All-American, Jordan Brand All-American and will represent the World team for the second consecutive year at next month's Nike Hoop Summit.

The 6-foot-8 Canadian has narrowed his list of schools to UK, Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas. There is no timetable for his decision.

Last year's Gatorade Player of the Year was Jabari Parker, who was then just a junior and will play for Duke next season. Brandon Knight was a two-time winner of the award (2009-10) and is the only Kentucky player who has ever received the honor.

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