Andrew Wiggins cuts Ohio State and Syracuse out of contention

By Robert White
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Wiggins, the nation’s top basketball recruit, has cut Ohio State and Syracuse from his list of potential college destinations.

Wiggins, who has recently restarted his search for a college fit after taking time off from the hectic recruitment process, announced, along with some planned official visits to Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina, that Ohio State and Syracuse are no longer in contention for the unanimous No.1 high school prospect in the world.

The 6-foot-7 Canadian native will now decide between the aforementioned three schools and Florida State.

Wiggins has been the target of some criticism as of late; a recent Sports Illustrated feature painted him as a player that doesn’t go hard 100 percent of the time.

“I think it’s the lack of competition that has him disinterested,” said Nolan Shulman, a Canadian recruiting analyst. “He is driven by competition. When it isn’t there he turns his effort off and goes through the motions.”

Wiggins responded by dropping an amazing 57 points in his Huntington Prep team’s 111-59 win over Marietta College JV late last week, shooting 24-28 from the field to compliment his 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.

“I just had to respond to the negative outlook that the reporter gave me,” Wiggins said after the win. “I thought I responded well. Negative media happens to everybody. You just have to work through it and respond.”

The Sports Illustrated piece came around the same time Wiggins was nominated, alongside just Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon, as a finalist for the Naismith Player of the Year Award, given to the top high school player in the country.

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