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By LARRY VAUGHT
Now that it has been confirmed that Huntington (W.Va.) Prep will play a game in Georgetown Nov. 18, Kentucky fans have to wonder if that might be the closest star Andrew Wiggins gets to playing in Lexington.
He’s expected to announce by Nov. 1 if he will remain in the 2014 recruiting class or reclassify to 2013 — in either class, he’s the top-ranked player.
Wiggins seemed to have his college choices narrowed to Kentucky and Florida State, where his father played, and then this week welcomed other schools to court him. That included two big names — Kansas and North Carolina — that could also sell him on winning a national title.
So what’s going on?
“I think he’s a little insulted that none of the other big programs are paying much attention to him. I still think it is a negative that Kentucky already has such a strong 2013 class,” one UK basketball source said.
Of course, knowing he could play with twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Marcus Lee, James Young and Derek Willis along with any players that remain off UK’s current team could also convince Wiggins his best chance to win a title is at Kentucky. He’s going to play — and star — wherever he goes.
“I believe playing with those other talented players at Kentucky appeals to him,” said another source close to the UK basketball program. “Cal doesn’t mind players looking at other schools. He has a great relationship with Wiggins. I’ll still be surprised if Wiggins doesn’t pick Kentucky. It’s just a good fit for him and Kentucky.”
Letting other schools recruit him is not a positive for Kentucky. But it also doesn’t mean he still won’t come to UK. No one has closed recruiting deals like Kentucky coach John Calipari in the last four years. He’s the best closer in college basketball right now and based on Calipari’s record and what UK has to offer, it will still surprise me if Wiggins doesn’t play his college basketball at Kentucky.