Top basketball recruit Andrew Wiggins cancels coach visits

acarter@newsobserver.comApril 22, 2013 

Andrew Wiggins fanned the Internet’s speculative flames on Monday, but his decision to cancel in-home visits with North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas was much ado about nothing, said Dave Telep, the ESPN national college basketball recruiting analyst.

“It is completely overblown,” Telep said of the speculation that followed news that Wiggins had canceled three in-home visits. “I’m 100 percent confident of that.”

CBSSports.com on Monday reported that Wiggins, considered by many to be the best high school basketball player in the class of 2013, had canceled his in-home visits this week with North Carolina, Florida State and Kansas. As the news spread, it created an Internet frenzy, with people guessing what Wiggins meant by canceling those visits.

As it turns out, it most likely meant he’s tired.

“It means nothing,” Rob Fulford, Wiggins’ high school coach at Huntington (W. Va.) Prep, told CBSSports.com on Monday. “He’s just tired. He doesn’t want to deal with it.”

In addition to UNC, Kansas and Florida State, Wiggins is also considering Kentucky. Wiggins, whose father, Mitchell, grew up outside of Kinston before playing at Florida State, hasn’t often commented publicly about his recruitment, and he hasn’t provided an indication about which school, or schools, he’s most favoring.

Wiggins on Saturday helped lead the World Team to a 112-98 victory against the USA Junior National Select Team in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. Telep said that after that game, Wiggins had difficulty with travel back to West Virginia.

From there, Wiggins canceled the three in-home visits.

“I think it has no indication of anything whatsoever other than the fact that the guy had a hard time with flights getting back to West Virginia,” Telep said. “And this whole list of in-home visits was more the colleges feeling they needed to do their job and get in there and get one last crack at him.”

Wiggins hasn’t provided an indication about when he’ll announce his college decision. College basketball’s spring signing period ends on May 15.

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