I hope that in the near future, the very near future, I will get the chance to write a post begging a portion of Carolina fans not to treat Andrew Wiggins the way they did Harrison Barnes.
You know what I am talking about. The nations top recruit (although Barnes was not the consensus No. 1 player like Wiggins is) arrives in Chapel Hill with great celebration and expectations created somewhat by the player, but mainly by the fans who expect 17 and 18 year olds to be the best player in the world not named LeBron James.
I’m not talking about over the course of a season. Some fans expect greatness from the opening tip of the season. Leading the Tar Heels in scoring in back-to-back seasons while making numerous game winning shots, scoring 40 points in an ACC Tournament game and being an ideal representative of the school off the court is not enough.
Despite my passionate disdain for the way some fans treated Barnes, I understand the majority of Carolina supporters appreciated the Black Falcon. Still, I would LOVE to write a scathing warning to fans to be thankful that Wiggins chose UNC and to enjoy his short career in Carolina blue.
On Tuesday, I will find out if I get to write that post.
Wiggins is scheduled to sign with a school around 12:15 p.m. with family, close friends and just one media member present. Unless you live under a rock, or simply don’t follow basketball recruiting closely, which is perfectly normal and probably better for your blood pressure, then you know Wiggins is choosing from North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida State and Kansas.
Nobody, at least as of the moment I am writing this, has a clue which school Wiggins will choose. If they say they do, they’re lying and simply guessing. If somebody happens to guess his destination correctly and then parades around saying “I told you so” then I give you my permission to smack them right across the face.
Because everybody else feels inclined to do the same, why don’t I give my best guess as to where Wiggins will play his lone season of college basketball. Hooray peer pressure and being a follower! Again, this is a complete guess and there is no evidence whatsoever that my guess is remotely true. It’s all just words on the Internet.
I think Wiggins will choose Florida State.
Why? Well, I’m not really sure. Just a gut feeling. Based on everything I have read (or not read) about Wiggins I’ve deduced that he is not one to hunt the spotlight. Hence, the lack of any formal announcement on Tuesday, a rarity for a player of his stature. Of the three schools, the spotlight will shine dimmest on Florida State.
I think Wiggins truly struggled making this decision. Each school would be a good fit for him for different reasons and I’m sure he would be perfectly happy playing at any of them. However, Florida State is the original and the one that has been there all along. Both his parents were Seminoles and ultimately I believe Andrew will go where he and the people close to him are most comfortable.
I don’t know, that’s just my personal guess. He might go to Kentucky because he wants to play on the biggest stage in college basketball with an insane collection of talent. He could go to Kansas because he hopes to replicate Ben McLemore’s success this past season. He might sign with UNC because he feels he fits perfectly in Roy Williams’ system and can fill the void left by Reggie Bullock.
I don’t know, but that’s my best shot at it.
Hopefully I get to write that post later this week. If not, best of luck to Andrew wherever he goes. He seems like a humble and respectful kid that just wants to live like a normal 17-year old kid.
The challenge for me is to keep that attitude if he signs with Kentucky.
By the way, if Wiggins does not pick the Heels, basketball will still be played next season and North Carolina will still have a team. A pretty damn good one at that.
Go Heels Go America!