When Wiggins visits UK on Wednesday night for their game against Mississippi State, the Wildcats will present championship rings to the 1996 team that defeated Syracuse in the National Championship game.
Hoping to make an impression on the undecided Wiggins, UK is bringing back the 1996 team, that featured a host of NBA players, to recognize their basketball achievements.
The 1996 UK team, coach by Rick Pitino, featured future NBA players Antoine Walker, Nazr Mohammed, Walter McCarty, Ron Mercer, and Derek Anderson among others.
Wiggins has two other upcoming visits scheduled- Kansas March 4 and North Carolina March 9. The high school senior’s decision will come down to which ever college gives him the best chance at a national championship according to his Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford.
“I think whoever wins the visits is going to have a one-up,” Fulford said in an interview with the Courier-Journal. “Then after, they sit down and evaluate rosters. I think deep down he wants to win a national championship. … But he has to evaluate the fit, style of play, how everything works for him in a team aspect with all rosters.”
The most interesting comment from the interview was Fulford’s comments regarding the current leader in the Wiggins sweepstakes.
“I think he’s taking the visits seriously,” Fulford said. “He and I had a little discussion. He doesn’t talk much, but he said he enjoyed his Florida State visit, and he felt it and he could feel himself going there.”
“He knows they have holes. He knows as far as the team aspect they’re not where they need to be, but he likes the fact that his parents (basketball player Mitchell Wiggins and track athlete Marita Payne-Wiggins) both were athletes there. He has familiarity there. He got a good vibe from the visit, but he’s going to take all the visits, and if somebody beats out Florida State, then they beat Florida State. He’s not going to go there just because his parents went there.”
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