UNC Basketball Recruiting: Time to Shift Focus to Andrew Wiggins and 2014 Class

Just one offer in the 2013 class remains for the North Carolina Tar Heels and that is top prospect Andrew Wiggins.  Now that #2 rated center Kennedy Meeks has committed to Carolina it’s time to shift our obsession to whether or not he will be the last player to commit Roy Williams in the 2013 class and begin to place a greater emphasis on the 2014 class.

One of my favorite Roy Williams quotes was made after a recruiting question about his process sometime ago to which Roy responded “Recruiting is like shaving, if you don’t do it everyday you look like a bum”.  In today’s world of constant coverage and analysis, social media making every little twist and turn no matter how big or small available instantly that quote is more true today that it’s ever been.

The addition of Meeks rounds out a very good class by Carolina which also includes power forward Isiah Hicks and point guard Nate Britt.  UNC will have a deep roster in 2013 even if they do lose a couple of players to early departures to the NBA.

So now it’s time to obsess over Wiggins destination and start to zero in on the 2014 group.  Wiggins is head and shoulders above all other prospects in the class after reclassifying from the 2014 class and in my eyes is the best prospect since LeBron James.  Wiggins is not expected to make his decision until the spring and has yet to take his official visits.

Florida State and Kentucky have long been considered the favorites to land Wiggins, though Wiggins himself has always denied it. Roy Williams recently went to see Wiggins after he openly expressed a desire for other programs, namely Carolina to more actively recruit him. Previously coach Fulford was quoted saying that he only heard from FSU coach Leonard Hamilton, UK coach Jon Calipari and Roy also confirming that UNC had in fact offered Wiggins over a year ago.

Although the word on Wiggins has had Kentucky and Florida State leading for his services, I don’t believe it.  I believe the already stacked group Calipari has put together at UK may in fact deter him from going to Lexington and I’m not sure FSU is big enough for a star like Wiggins.  I do not believe UNC leads for him, I just think it’s wide open like the kid says it is.

As for 2014 UNC currently has six offers out to PGs Tyus Jones and Joel Berry, center Jahlil Okafor, SG Theo Pinson and SFs Justise Winslow and Justin Jackson.  It’s still very early in the process but I think UNC is in good position with the class after securing a solid class in 2013 in terms of quality that isn’t very intimidating when it comes to the size of the class.  The 2014 roster will see even more exits opening up roster spots, especially on the perimeter and I expect it to be a very strong class for the Tar Heels.


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