Mark Zerof-US PRESSWIRE
The top high school player in all the land is currently a member of the Class of 2014. That's expected to change soon. Let the Nerlens Noel-like recruiting begin!
Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the country, is expected to reclassify and become a member of the Class of 2013. Wiggins, a 6'7, 210-pound small forward, is currently listed as a prospect for '14, but his father, Mitchell, told USA Today's Eric Prisbell Thursday his son will reclassify.
"It's time," Mitchell Wiggins told USA TODAY Sports. "It's time for him (to show) that he is the best in college right now. I think he is ready for the next step. Academically-wise he is doing great. Maturity-wise he is doing great. He has a lot of talent. He is ready for the next step, and everybody knows it is time. It is Andrew's time. Next year is coming soon and he is ready."
Currently, two teams are listed as favorites for Wiggins: the Kentucky Wildcats and Florida St. Seminoles. However, the Syracuse Orange, North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils have been listed in Wiggins' top 5 (via Adam Zagoria).
Currently, the Orange have one more spot to fill in their 2013 recruiting class -- SU actually has two, however, most believe they're only looking to add one more -- and one of those spots is at forward. Already making verbal commitments for '13 are: five-star point guard Tyler Ennis, three-star small forward B.J. Johnson and three-star power forward Chinonso Obokoh. Both Johnson (6'6, 180 pounds) and Obokoh (6'9, 205) are projected to be project-type players.
Next season, SU will lose small forward James Southerland to graduation, and depending on how junior small forward C.J. Fair progresses this season, may have a starting spot open.
The chances of the Orange landing Wiggins are unclear. Initially, when Wiggins was a part of the Class of 2014, many believed Kentucky was the favorite because of its reoccurring rotation of one-and-done players. But because Wiggins will soon become a member of '13, its believed the Wildcats chances to land the prized forward has lowered because they're already packed with talent and playing time could be sparse.
Like when top prospect Nerlens Noel decided to reclassify last season, college hoops fans should expect the recruiting of Wiggins to be intense.