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By LARRY VAUGHT
CHICAGO — He’s still not ready to make his college announcement, but Andrew Wiggins continues to say all the right things about the University of Kentucky — one of four schools still on his list.
“I’ve thought about it (playing at UK with the nation’s best recruiting class) because that’s one of my choices in deciding where to go. It would be a great feeling and be great to play all around other good players,” said Wiggins, who has six UK signees playing with him in the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Kentucky commit Julius Randle, the nation’s top-ranked power forward, is doing his best to influence Wiggins. He kept passing him the ball at practice Monday and planed to do that again today.
“Be like, ‘This is what you’ll get next year.’ I would love to play with him at Kentucky,” Randle said. “It will be hard to guard everybody next year, for sure. If a team wants to double- or triple-team somebody, another player is going to be open, and that player is going to be really good. So you have to pick your poison.”
James Young, another McDonald’s All-American who likely would see his playing time at UK decreased if Wiggins commits, is also trying to persuade Wiggins to join the Cats.
“There are a lot of guys on a great team. Like the Miami Heat, they have a lot of guys on a great team. We’ve just got to get our chemistry together. I would love to have him with us,” he said. “If I have to come in off the bench, that’s fine. James Harden (of Oklahoma City) came off the bench scoring, and I could do the same.”
Wiggins, as a source close to him in Huntingtonn predicted, says he wants to relax and enjoy this game as well as the upcoming Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit.
“I know a lot of people look at (the game) like it’s a competition, I’m just looking to have fun. It’s like an all-star game to me. I’m looking forward to all the interaction with all the players, my teammates, the coaches. It’s more of a relaxing week than anything for me.”