Draft Profile: Andrew Wiggins

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Why You Might Know Him

Why might you know Andrew Wiggins? Well, maybe because he’s been a household name in the basketball world since he was about 17 years old. Many tabbed him as the best high school prospect since LeBron James. Wiggins was the No. 1 player on the ESPN 100 and nearly every other recruiting list in the country in 2013. Oh, and he also graced the cover of Sports Illustrated at the ripe age of 18 years old.

Scouting Report

There may be no player in this year’s Draft with a higher upside than Wiggins. He’s an unbelievable athlete with the ideal size, length and skill level to one day dominate in the NBA. There is literally nothing in the game of basketball that this kid won’t be able to do if he is motivated to be great. Wiggins moves gracefully with the ball in his hand, especially in transition, despite the fact that his ball handling could improve. He should make an immediate impact in the open court for whichever team selects him. But that’s not all he can do on offense. He also has a solid jumper that can extend to the 3-point line. I expect his jumper, which is mechanically sound and has a quick release, to become very consistent in time. Wiggins has great quickness, which plays to his advantage when he has the ball in his hands. He can blow by defenders and has an insanely quick spin move to either direction. He almost exclusively drives with his right hand and will go to his left with a spin move over his right shoulder. Wiggins can also hit the step-back and shoot off of the dribble, but those moves are not yet sharp. They need some work. He can also contribute on the glass. He reminds me a lot of Carmelo Anthony in the sense that he knows when his shot is going to miss around the basket and he’ll follow it with a fury. Wiggins also has the potential to be a game-changer at the defensive end of the court. He has great feet, lateral quickness, a 7-foot wingspan and fantastic reactions. Put those all together and you’ve got a guy who’s difficult to get a quality shot off against. He can get caught on screens from time to time but he recovers quickly and always contests shots. That 7-foot wingspan is a weapon against perimeter players who aren’t typically accustomed to accounting for such length. Wiggins was the top recruit in the country heading into his lone season at Kansas, but there was no diva attached to his game. He dug in on defense at the collegiate level and that trait typically translates to the NBA. He caught a lot of flak from media across the nation for being passive this past season, but he’s not getting any flak from me. To me, he was playing team ball within the Kansas system. We have to realize that he had a ton of talent around him, including another player who has No. 1-pick talent, Joel Embiid. Despite his “passive” play, Wiggins still averaged a very efficient 17.1 points per game while consistently getting to the line and capitalizing on those attempts. Simply put, Wiggins has all of the tools you’d want in a small forward prospect. He shows flashes on the court that make your eyes bulge and your jaw drop. Wiggins is still a bit raw, but if he puts on weight and works on his game he can become a legitimate star.


Wiggins, like several other top prospects in this year’s Draft, is a native of Toronto, Canada. He was born on Feb. 23, 1995 in Thornhill, Canada, which is about a half hour north of Toronto. His parents, Mitchell Wiggins and Marita Payne-Wiggins, each played collegiate sports at Florida State University. His father played basketball and enjoyed a successful six-season career in the NBA. He is one of six children, and his brother, Nick, plays for the Wichita State Shockers. Wiggins began his high school career at Vaughan Secondary School in Vaughan, Ontario. In 2011, he transferred to Huntington Prep School in Huntington, W. Va. That transfer also led to Wiggins reclassifying himself in October 2012 from the 2014 high school class to his original 2013 high school class. Wiggins averaged 23.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG and 2.6 BPG during his final season at Huntington, leading the team to a 30-3 record. Nearly every scouting outlet in the country listed him as the nation’s top recruit. He was named the 2013 Naismith High School Player of the Year and also earned the 2013 Gatorade Athlete of the Year award. His collegiate decision came down to the following schools: Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina. He signed with Kansas on May 14, 2013. Wiggins averaged 17.1 PPG and 5.9 RPG as a freshman at Kansas, helping to lead the team to a 25-10 record. He was a consensus second team All-American and won Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors. He officially declared for the NBA Draft on March 31.