Andrew Wiggins makes his college choice at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday -- and most of the pundits are now picking Florida State.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Today is the day that Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Cliff Alexander have awaited.
Because around 12:16 p.m. those three guys will replace Andrew Wiggins as the most desired recruits in college basketball, the Next This and Next That, as members of the Class of 2014.
But first, at 12:15 p.m., somewhere at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, Wiggins will announce whether he will attend Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky or North Carolina (alphabetical order only). Wiggins is the top player in the 2013 class, even though I still have a copy of Sports Illustrated somewhere that called another player in this class – Jabari Parker, I believe – the Next LeBron James.
But I digress. Around mid-day we will discover if the one hometown reporter allowed in the room will actually be first to get the news on Twitter or if one of the Huntington prep students will beat him.
(I'm now picking FSU and a student to be named later).
Anyway, this is the final day to chase every possible Andrew Wiggins' web hit (especially if he doesn't sign with UK) before it's time to start chasing Okafor, Jones and Alexander.
So here is a list of links to help you make it to 12:15.
1. Remember: Only one media rep will be in the room. His name is Grant Traylor. He covered Wiggins all season for the Herald-Dispatch newspaper in Huntington, W.Va. You can follow him on Twitter by clicking HERE.(His followers have jumped from less than 2,000 to more than 11,000 since Sunday.)
I have to admit that I admire Wiggins for sticking with the hometown guy. Most recruits don't do that. I think it says as much about Wiggins as anything he's done on the basketball court.
2. The guys at CBSSports.com tilted this story toward Florida State Monday when all four predicted he would sign with the Seminoles. Jeff Goodman later backed off on Twitter, switching his prediction to Kansas.
But you can read why Gary Parrish, Jeff Borzello and Matt Norlander like Leonard Hamilton's chances by clicking HERE.
3. Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News weighs in with his thoughtful piece on what landing Wiggins would mean to each school. You can read it by clicking HERE.
4. Andrew Sharp of Grantland.com delivered a sharp, pithy take on the entire scene and recruitment, including a few surprise contenders for Wiggins' services. His headline writer even threw in the word Apocalypse, which is always good. Read Sharp by clicking HERE.
5. Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated also provides a solid snapshot of the big picture with his analysis at SI.com. Glockner describes the opportunities at the four schools as fairly different options. You can read Glockner by clicking HERE.
6. Luke DeCock of the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. summarizes the scene nicely, even though nobody is picking North Carolina as Wiggins' next destination. He says Wiggins would be the first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, if eligible, but that North Carolina is a national contender even if he goes elsewhere. Read him by clicking HERE.
7. And, finally, Florida State is the alleged front-runner to land Wiggins because both of his parents attended FSU. Somebody needs to tell the Tallahassee paper this is a big deal because the story they posted on their web site today only included seven paragraphs posted atop another story about community college baseball with a misspelled word in the headline.