It could be the logical trickle-down effect of the one-and-done mentality. If college players can leave early for the NBA, why shouldn't the most elite high school basketball players enter college a little early?
Andrew Wiggins, a 6-8 Canadian forward who plays for Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, says, "I haven't really thought about it" when asked about reclassifying from being a junior next school year to being a senior. That's what Nerlens Noel said in January while playing at a prep school in New Hampshire, but now he's at Kentucky after reclassifying.
"I would say that with today's NBA one-and-done rule, it's probably something you're going to see more frequently," said Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox. "You get a chance to get to the NBA a year earlier.
Wiggins, who appears to be gliding down the court even as he blows past opponents, is considered the top recruit in the 2014 class by 247.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
At the Nike Peach Jam AAU tournament this past week against mostly players in the 2013 class, Wiggins led his team, CIA Bounce, to the 17-under finals, where it fell 51-50 to the Oakland Soldiers.
After Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, he probably had the second-best week for a sportsman with his last name. At the Peach Jam, he was one of the top defenders and was second in scoring and third in rebounding and fourth in free-throw accuracy.
Milton, Ga., basketball coach David Boyd, who was at Peach Jam and coached against Wiggins at the Nike Global Challenge in Washington, D.C., last week, tweeted that Wiggins "reminds me of when LeBron was coming (through); very similar type of player."
Kentucky assistant coach Orlando Antigua, who recruited Noel and is recruiting Wiggins, said he's not sure Noel has started a trend that will lead some elite players to try to get to their first NBA free agent contract sooner.
"It all depends on the individual and their circumstances," Antigua said. "Everybody has different circumstances.
Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said the talk of Wiggins reclassifying came up in April at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., when Wiggins was asked about it.
"He just said that his grades were good and he had a lot of credits, so it was possible," Fulford said.
The players at Huntington Prep take classes at St. Joseph's, a Catholic high school in Huntington.
"It's a more difficult school than just making up classes at a public school," Fulford said. "We'll support him either way. We'll know soon enough because once the school year starts, if he were to go early, he would have to start taking extra credits right away. His grades are fine, but that's a lot of classes to take. He's a special player, but he could use the extra year to get a little stronger."