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By LARRY VAUGHT

As the clock winds down on decision time for Andrew Wiggins, the national trend seems to be that he will go to Florida State — and not more traditional powers Kentucky, North Carolina or Kansas. Both his parents went to Florida State and any Kentucky basketball fan should know that Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton is a relentless recruiter.

The insiders at CBSSports.com all favor Florida State. Blogger Jeff Borzello picked Florida State because “the Seminoles have been involved with him the longest time, and the family connection is a huge advantage for Leonard Hamilton. Wiggins isn’t a fan of overwhelming media attention, and he would be able to avoid that somewhat in Tallahassee. Moreover, he would get to be the go-to-guy from Day 1.”

Jeff Goodman said not to count out Kansas, but went with Florida State. So did Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander. Parrish reasoned “that Wiggins won’t really have to share the ball in Tallahassee” as his reason for picking the Seminoles.

The 6-8 Wiggins is the nation’s No. 1 high school prospect. His announcement ceremony will have only friends, family and classmates at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep along with one media member. But word will spread quickly about where the winner of the Naismith, USA Today and Gatorade National Player of the Year awards picks because he is already being touted as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft — and maybe even the preseason college player of the  year.

I’ve got to watch Wiggins several times the last two years. He’s terrific. He could be a playmaking small forward and has incredible skills. He’s also a private youngster who has not let the national spotlight change him on or off the court.

That’s why I hope no matter which school he picks — and I am sticking with Kentucky because of coach John Calipari’s track record with elite players — he deserves to be respected by all. Surely no one will bash Wiggins, who obviously has been torn trying to make this decision, for his choice.

He’s never misled anyone. He’s not made any brash predictions. He’s never played one coach against another. He’s been great with an overflow of media attention and he’s been even better with fans who have flocked to watch him play and then wanted autographs or pictures.

So respect his decision because I admire the way he’s handled his recruitment, including having a small, private announcement ceremony instead of a national TV gala that he easily could have demanded.

18 Responses to Buzz has Andrew Wiggins to Florida State, but no matter where he picks fans should all respect his decision

  • Texascat says:

    Don’t count Cal out just yet. Even if he announces Seminoles I’d be nervous until he signs if I were Leonard (re Terrence Jones announcement).

  • TrueBlueJohn says:

    Amen, Larry. We would all like to see him in blue, but it is his choice. But every fanbase has its share of idiots.

  • LindaS says:

    It would not surprise me if he goes there, parental pressure is hard to ignore.

  • MikeF says:

    Best Wishes to Andrew for wherever he choses…we are honored that UK was a choice.

  • Jim Boyers says:

    If Florida State is indeed his pick, then I guess he wasn’t really serious about wanting to win a national title. Any of the other schools would have given him a chance, but State gives him zero chance of that. He will be “The Man”, but will be double teamed on every possession and his stats will suffer for it.

    I can appreciate him picking his “home” team, but it goes against many of the things he has been saying he wants. Good luck to him, if it is his decision.

  • Doug Ridley says:

    I never did think we would get him. Still don’t. But I sure would like to have him. Still, I think we will have a pretty decent team anyway.

  • WOW,….don’t fret , ” Wiggins will Play for a Kentucky Basketball Coach…lol.

  • Jan in Indiana says:

    This has obviously has been a very hard decision for the young man to make, while it would be nice to see him in Kentucky Blue he has to make the decision based on what is right for him. I wish him well whatever he decides. We need to remember that word travels fast when a fan base speaks badly of a recruit that picks another school, future recruits could see the reports and have a bad impression of Kentucky and none of us want or need that. Remember WE ARE UK we will be fine either way show some class!!!!!!

  • King Ghidora says:

    The word is that he will sign tomorrow also. They reported that on the NBC Sports site. Wherever he goes I really don’t think it will affect UK that much. Randle is a tremendous player and so are the twins. UK will be ranked #1 with or without him. To be honest I wonder about guys who take so long to decide. It makes me think they don’t really want to go anywhere in particular. That’s not the best thing for a team. But I would still love to see him at UK. It would be best for him whether he knows it or not. He seems like a good kid even if he is a bit mixed up. I think his parents are pushing a load on him that he shouldn’t have to endure. My parents didn’t tell me where to go to school and they were paying for it. They respected my wishes. But then I was always given free reign to run my own life. That’s how I raised my kids too and they turned out great. My son does research for the Air Force and my daughter is the finance manager and marketing manager at a large motorcycle dealership. Kids become adults at some point and they should make their own decisions because in the end they are the ones that will have to live with them. Trust me that is a big time motivator if the kids are prepared well before decision time comes.

  • Karen Sprinkle says:

    I have a hard time finding any justification for giving any young player a hard time for making a decision that is about HIS life. As many others have pointed out, UK will be fine with him and fine without him. I wish him the best, no matter his choice (unless of course he picks a team who plays Kentucky. In that case, I wish him the best except for the Kentucky game). :-)
    I’m glad all the questions will be answered tomorrow.

  • steve says:

    jeff goodman said don’t rule out Kansas but he was going with florida state. I guess that means it’s down to north Carolina and Kentucky.

  • Jim Boyers says:

    ROFLMAO.

    How true. That dufus is 0-for-EVER on predicting things.

  • Jim Boyers says:

    Let’s hope it truly is HIS decision.

    I agree about the detrimental effects of meddling parents.

  • Larry Pup says:

    Hey, I hope it is UK, but parents have a say, they raised him. I listened to my parents, and it never hurt me. Besides, I don’t think any of us know what is going on to make that call. Shucks he may still pick UK.

  • Pacman says:

    Iif he picks FSU and they make the NCAA
    Tourney I bet they match FSU up against UK

  • TrueBlueJohn says:

    Pacman, you don’t honestly believe the selection committee would actually do something like that. (UK vs Louisville 1983 Mideast Regional finals)

  • Juan4UK says:

    The way I see it, it’s great that it’s almost over. Either decision and we win. If he comes? Super, we have more fire power and the buzz goes through the roof. If he goes elsewhere, we have more playing time to go around for the #6,7,8,9 guys in the rotation off the bench. Chemistry has already been building with what we do have. And any issues that might arise out of him not wanting to be on campus early are avoided.
    So, either way, UK wins.
    We have the best recruiting class in history, right now.

  • King Do not forget that. From. Same schoololPatrick Patterson di not commit until May 2008. Patrick wanted to be a CAT. He also had a fellow teamate that choose FLA.

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