KYLE'S KORNER ... - Huntington Prep basketball star Andrew Wiggins finally made his announcement on where he will play his college basketball this coming season. In a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon in Huntington at St. Joe High School, he told the world he would attend Kansas.
He had narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State. Many were surprised at his choice. There were those diehard UK fans that thought he would still go to Lexington and play for their beloved Wildcats.
There were those – like me – who thought he would go to Florida State. That is where his athletic parents attended school. His father played in the NBA and his mother was an Olympic sprinter. My third choice was North Carolina and then Kansas.
But, you never know what an 18-year old kid will decide or what has been going through his mind. He has been under a lot of pressure.
As of late, he has just wanted to be a teenager. He went to the prom with his girlfriend Mychal Johnson, who is also a basketball star from Huntington. She played at St. Joe and led them to a state title in Class A. She will be heading to Notre Dame to play college basketball in the class of 2014.
Wiggins, the Canadian born star, averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia’s Huntington Prep.
Initially rated as a 2014 prospect, Wiggins shot to the top of recruiting charts when he decided last October to reclassify into his original high school class of 2013. The four major recruiting services have rated Wiggins as the No. 1 overall prospect in the country.
The speculation over the past few weeks has kept many coaches and sports talk radio announcers on pin and needles.
He had until Wednesday to sign with a Division I school.
West Virginia Mountaineer fans will get the chance to see Wiggins play since Kansas is in the Big 12. The 2013-14 schedule is not yet out, but WVU will play the Jayhawks twice, once on the road and a game in Morgantown.
Good luck to Wiggins, except when he plays the Mountaineers.
Regardless of where he ended up, it would be a big surprise if he plays more than one year in college. He is already projected as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft in June of 2014.
With much less fanfare, Williams Otor Gabriel, who was also a member of the Huntington Prep basketball team, signed to play at New Hampshire. He helped guide the Express to a combined record of 83-8 during his career, becoming the player with the most wins in school history. Gabriel has played alongside multiple Division 1 players for the impressive team in Huntington, including Wiggins.
He was scheduled to play in the Consol Energy All-Star game played at Mingo Central, but once he signed with New Hampshire, he was not allowed to participate. He helped his prep team reach a No. 1 ranking during his senior campaign and was named a McDonalds All-American nominee for his efforts. Gabriel will graduate with high honors and has a 3.53 GPA. New Hampshire is a division 1 team in the American East conference finishing 9-22
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. Comments or story ideas can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)