Wiggins dazzles at Hoopfest, talks recruiting

Andrew Wiggins

DRAFFENVILLE, Ky. -- Scout.com's top prospect -- Andrew Wiggins -- dazzled the crowd at the Marshall County Hoopfest Friday night with a 29-point, 17-rebound effort.

Andrew Wiggins impressed the sold out crowd at the Marshall County Hoopfest Friday night.

Wiggins, Scout.com's top ranked recruit, scored 29 points on 10-for-19 shooting, plus added 17 rebounds and five assists, while leading Huntington Prep to a 76-59 win over Memphis (Tenn.) East.

"I think it was one of my better games of the season, Wiggins told Scout.com. "I didn't settle for jump shots this game. I tried to go at the defense. They were playing close on me so I was just trying to attack, attack and attack. I got post ups and I tried to follow every rebound."

"When I rebound and play defense that's how I get into the game," Wiggins added. "Scoring a bucket and dunking, that gives me momentum."

Defense is certainly an area that Wiggins excels. A 6-foot-8 wing with long arms and elite athleticism, Wiggins takes pride in his defense and after five-star wing Nick King scored 11 quick points against Huntington Prep, Wiggins opted to check him.

"He took on the young boy (Montaque Gill Caesar), so I had to respond and play defense," Wiggins said. "Defense is what I'm good at. I think I'm a great defender so I made it hard for him. He ended up with four points in the second half."

"At the beginning of the game coach wanted me to guard the best shooter, number 11, he said. "After Nick started going off, I think of myself as the best defender on the team so I wanted the challenge of guarding him. I think I did a good job on him."

While there weren't any college coaches at the Hoopfest to see Wiggins on Friday, John Calipari and Kentucky are expected in Draffenville (Ky.) on Saturday. Playing with-in the state, Kentucky chants were prevalent during the game.

"It's always a pleasure to see fans chanting my name or where they think I should go to school," Wiggins said. "They are showing me love and support."

To go with Kentucky, Wiggins told Scout.com that he's considering Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio State and Kansas. Although he doesn't have a timetable for a decision, Wiggins is itching to get the process over with.

"I'm ready," he responded when asked if the process was growing old. "Everybody always asks where I'm going, so it'll be a joy when it's over."

Wiggins is planning to visit Florida State next week. He's unsure if it will be an official or unofficial visit. He said the Seminoles have talked to him about continuing his parents' legacy.

"Florida State, again the legacy everything that happened there with my parents," Wiggins said. "It'd be a joy to go there. Great weather, great people, great education, great coaching staff, good facility and they make players better. They don't always get the best player in the nation or a top five or a top 10, but they develop players to get them ready for the NBA."

Roy Williams went to Huntington Prep in late October and met with the five-star wing. He said the Tar Heels are still showing strong interest.

"UNC is similar to Kentucky," he said. "They are saying they want me and they could do big things with me. Again that's a big time school. Legends were made there, like Jordan."

Like UNC, Kansas is also keeping in close contact with Wiggins.

"Kansas, they stay talking to me," he said. "Again that's a school that's historic with a lot of history with basketball."

Wiggins and Huntington Prep will be back in action on Saturday at the Marshall County Hoopfest against Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest.

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