Top Recruit Andrew Wiggins Should Have Chosen North Carolina Over Kansas
The top recruit in the nation for college basketball, Andrew Wiggins, made his college decision — finally.
Who did he pick? Well, this might surprise you as it surprised many people, including myself. The young superstar picked Kansas. He chose to join the Big 12 to play for Bill Self and the consistently-solid Jayhawks. However, I believe he made the wrong choice.
Sure, Wiggins would be the No. 1 draft choice wherever he went. He is sure to be a one-and-done and reach the NBA before the age of 20. This was perhaps the biggest announcement in college basketball in a while — maybe even bigger than Jabari Parker‘s announcement earlier this year.
While Wiggins seems like a good kid with a good head on his shoulders, he should have made the decision to go to North Carolina and play for legendary coach Roy Williams. The coach who knows how to breed guys for the NBA, and North Carolina is the former home to many legends, including Michael Jordan.
Kansas isn’t exactly a downgrade from North Carolina by any means, but the Tar Heels would have been a much better fit for the superstar as they have seen many one-and-dones before, and they have been quite successful at developing them for the next level.
Self isn’t the kind of guy to go after these kind of recruits, so it’s not a guarantee that he will know how to handle the situation of having his best player there for just one year. He had to deal with that this season as Ben McLemore decided to leave after his freshman season, but that is one case in recent memory.
Also, if Wiggins wanted to win a title, North Carolina may have a better chance this season with the talent coming in and the talent left over from last year that drastically underachieved.
In the end, it doesn’t quite matter where he goes to school, as he would make any college an instant contender.