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By LARRY VAUGHT
CHICAGO — Rather than fight the attention he’s receiving, Andrew Wiggins has decided to embrace it.
Once again Wiggins, the nation’s top high school prospect, was the center of media attention at the McDonald’s All-American Game media day at the United Center Tuesday. He has his college choices narrowed to Kentucky, Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina but is in no hurry to make a final choice.
Even after Aaron Gordon, a top five player, announced here Tuesday that he was picking Arizona over Kentucky, Wiggins said he still had “no clue_ when he might make his choice even if that means more daily speculation about his future.
“It’s something that I’ve gotten used to over the course of the years. I think I’m blessed that I’m getting all the attention,” said Wiggins.
He noted that six future Wildcats don’t pester him about his college choice but let him know they would like to have him be part of what is already considered college basketball’s all-time best recruiting class.
“They’re all unselfish,” he said. “They want to win. They’ll all probably be superstars when they go to the next level. It’s always good to surround yourselves with guys who you know are going to make it, too.”
He said he had a “good visit” to Kentucky late in the season.
“The game I went to the fans were crazy. They’re always crazy. My parents liked it. I enjoyed seeing the players, the coaches — getting to know everybody and interacting with the players and coaches,” Wiggins said.
His brother, Nick, plays for Wichita State but Wiggins says that does not give any edge to Kansas. He said the Kansas fans are “crazy just like Kentucky” and his parents also “loved” the visit there. He went to North Carolina when the Tar Heels played Duke and noted that his dad was born in North Carolina and “I have a lot of family there.”
Both his parents went to Florida State and a halftime show during his visit — the first official visit he took — included a tribute to them that he enjoyed.