Andrew Wiggins was rewarded for his outstanding senior season on Monday when he was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year.
Wiggins starred for Huntington Prep (West Virginia), earning the title of the nation’s consensus No.1 prospect from just about every media outlet going around. His averages of 23.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.1 blocks per game trumped the only other two contenders, Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon.
The Canadian born Wiggins, still undecided as to where he’ll attend college, was recently named as the top attraction at both the McDonald’s and Jordan Brand Classic high school All-Star games.
Wiggins recently trimmed his selection of colleges down to four after passing up on Ohio State and Syracuse, while Kentucky (the likely front runner at this stage), North Carolina, Kansas and Florida still remain.
After receiving some criticism in earlier this year for occasionally playing down to lower levels of competition, Wiggins responded in breathtaking fashion by dropping 57 points in a 111-59 win over Marietta College JV in February, shooting an astounding 24-28 from the field and collecting 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.
“I think it’s the lack of competition that has him disinterested,” one reporter said prior to Wiggins’ 57-point explosion. “He is driven by competition. When it isn’t there he turns his effort off and goes through the motions”.
“I just had to respond to the negative outlook that the reporter gave me,” Wiggins later said. “I thought I responded well. Negative media happens to everybody. You just have to work through it and respond.”
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