Andrew Wiggins Should Play for the Kentucky Wildcats

By Taylor Sturm
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Wiggins is the No. 1 overall recruit in the country. He has been given praise as one of the best young basketball players in the past few years. He still hasn’t decided which college to go to, but there shouldn’t even be a decision. Wiggins should play for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky is bringing back some of the most talented players in the entire country. Alex Poythress is an elite athlete and future NBA player, Willie Cauley-Stein is an enormous presence in the post and Kyle Wiltjer is one of the best three-point shooters in the SEC. The last national championship that the Wildcats won was two season ago, and was mostly due to the return of a few of their stars from the year before. Kentucky has all the pieces on the roster to make a legitimate run in the NCAA tournament.

The Wildcats once again should have the top recruiting class in the country. John Calipari is just that good. Wiggins would have a legitimate chance to compete with future NBA athletes at practice daily, which would be crucial to his NBA potential and success.

Wiggins is the type of player that can transform a team. He would probably be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft if there wasn’t a rule about going straight to the NBA from high school. However, if he plays for the Wildcats, he wouldn’t have to be the go-to guy every game. He would be able to focus on improving his game and his basketball mentality for the NBA, rather than carrying his team to a national championship. Although Wiggins hasn’t decided yet, the smartest decision would be to play for Calipari at Kentucky.

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