Huntington (W.Va.) Prep small forward Andrew Wiggins says he’s “just an average kid trying to make it.” Well, that’s the tagline he projects on his Twitter page at least, which has a healthy following of more than 31,000 people.
At 6-foot-7, 190-pounds, the nation’s No. 1 high school basketball prospect is far from average. Point to last Thursday’s game, when the Express toppled Marietta College JV 111-59. Wiggins led the way with 57 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.
And that’s just one of many impressive performances this season. Without question, he’s played an integral role in leading Huntington Prep to a 25-2 record and the No. 8 spot in the USA TODAY Super 25.
The preseason American Family Insurance ALL-USA player, who is undecided about his college decision, is the focus of this week’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch.
This week’s player: Andrew Wiggins, Huntington (W.Va.) Prep small forward
2012-13 stats thus far: Averaging 23.8 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.6 blocks per game.
Best Games: In addition to his 57-point explosion, he posted 30 points and 5 blocks on the way to leading his team to a 61-59 win against Mentor (Ohio) during the Dunk 4 Diabetes tournament. At the same tournament, Wiggins put up 24 points in 25 minutes against Cleveland Benedictine.
Others’ take: “He’s at a different level. He plays above the rim and is quick along the baselines. His jump shooter is smooth, but also he can pass the ball well to his teammates. He’s a complete player.” — Teays Valley Christian (W.Va.) coach Jody Sowards
Look Out For: Holmes County (Bonifay, Fla.) power forward Chris Walker. The Florida commit, also selected to play in the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, is leading the Blue Devils in the Class 1A playoffs. Walker is ranked No. 8 nationally and No. 2 for his position, according to Rivals.com