After making an intense, valiant push for the nation’s top basketball recruit, Florida State did not get Andrew Wiggins.
Kansas did instead, beating out the Seminoles and perennial powers North Carolina and Kentucky, too.
In a bit of a departure from what has become the standard way well-regarded high school athletes end their recruitments and broadcast their letter-of-intent signings, Wiggins announced his decision Tuesday in a comparatively simple manner.
The Canada native who has been living in Huntington, W. Va. for the close of his high school career, allowed two local reporters to attend a small ceremony where he announced his decision.
"Andrew Wiggins will be attending Kansas," Grant Traylor of the Herald-Dispatch (Huntington, W. Va.) tweeted shortly after noon.
And with that, Wiggins' letter-of-intent was in hand with the Jayhawks It did not appear at FSU like so many in Tallahassee had hoped.
Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton has not yet spoken publicly about the signing, but might do so soon. He is in meetings at the ACC spring meetings at Amelia Island. The Orlando Sentinel is in attendance at the spring meetings and will update this when Hamilton is available to comment.
Following a lengthy recruitment process that accelerated in the last year, Wiggins' signing would have rounded out the Seminoles' latest signing class. FSU previously signed Wiggins’ teammate at Huntington Prep, guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, and forward Jarquez Smith from Georgia. Both are expected to
contribute immediately for the Seminoles, who are two years removed from having won their first ACC title. The Seminoles also have the space now to add more players this summer.
One of the lighter moments of Wiggins' recruitment included the "#GetWiggins" campaign that FSU fans started on Twitter last November. The phrase was regularly hashtagged on social media after a group of
FSU students showed up at a home game last season wearing shirts with letters that spelled the unique slogan.
Wiggins and his parents, Mitchell Wiggins and Marita Payne-Wiggins, were in attendance at that game. Mitchell also played basketball at FSU. Marita ran track for the Seminoles, at one point holding the country's fastest 400-meter time.
Those athletic genes helped create arguably the most athletic basketball player coming out of high school this year. Wiggins' high-flying dunks and aggressive, physical play on the offensive and defensive glass has had some comparing him to the likes of Miami Heat superstar LeBron James. At 6-foot-8, Wiggins has height similar to James, but currently isn't as heavy as the strong, versatile, muscle-bound professional standout.
Last month, Wiggins took part in three high-profile all-star showcases. He played in the McDonald’s All-America Game in Chicago, the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Nike Hoops Summit in Oregon.