UNC Basketball Recruiting: Andrew Wiggins, Big Time Player, Big Time Visit

This is about as big as it gets for the Tar Heels, and not just because they are playing Duke with a chance to greatly improve their tourney seeding. The other reason this is HUGE… visitors LOTS of them. One in particular will have the spotlight on him
Saturday. As most Tar Heel fans know his name is Andrew Wiggins. He is as big time as it gets, he is the consensus #1 recruit for 2013 and likely the best HS recruit since Kevin Durant. For the longest time National experts and recruitniks alike have believed his
recruitment to be a two team race between UK and FSU. Now, only one part of the belief seems to be correct.

Andrew Wiggins’ recruitment is a two team race but it isn’t the two teams that most national experts would want you to think it is. Bottom line right now Andrew Wiggins’ recruitment IS a two team race but both of those teams reside in the ACC. That is right Heels fans, I am going out on a limb here but from everything I have heard from multiple sources it is FSU and UNC with Kentucky and Kansas on the outside looking in. That fact and the fact that Wiggins would instantly make UNC a favorite for the National Title should one or two key players return makes this visit special. Ok maybe specail isn’t the word maybe HUGE, MONSTROUS, ENORMOUS maybe one of those covers it.

Andrew Wiggins visit to Chapel Hill is the biggest recruit visit I can remember in quite a long time. UNC will be pulling out all the stops and I am sure the crowd will be insane. I have heard the students have some pretty good things planned (not just for Wiggins as some other big time names will be in attendance) and that should really make an impression. It is Duke-Carolina so their is no need to worry about the show that will be put on on the court. It all shapes up really well for UNC. Much of it though hinges on if Wiggins can see himself at UNC for 1 year. He needs to love the campus,  UNC’s plan for him and he needs to want to be on TV more than four times a year (which he will be relegated to if he attends FSU). Those things are out of UNC’s control as simply on Wiggins.

As of now FSU seems to be the favorite but the reason this visit is so big is because this is the weekend that could change all of that. In my opinion if Roy pulls this off this will be his best recruiting job ever considering the challenges that came in Wiggins’ recruitment. Saturday could be a huge victory for this UNC team but it could be a bigger day for the UNC program. UNC will have Theo Pinson, RashadVaughn, Harry Giles all on campus which are all huge visits. That said after winning against Duke UNC’s #1 priority is making a great impression on Wiggins. The more Wiggins has to toil over his choice the better I feel that he will in the end choose the school that is a better choice for a player of his caliber. This visit to Blue Heaven will most likely decide it all, one way or the other.

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  • http://twitter.com/DSteele_23 Dereck Steele

    Damn Pinson again?? lol wasn’t he just there last weekend? What’s the real scoop on him? I swear he’s been at UNC like 4 times. Hopefully Vaughn pulls a Justin and commit aft his visit as well…as far as Wiggins I think u are right on some points. But I wonder how soon he plans to decide. If he doesn’t decide immediately (as in next month) i think it could hurt UNC’s chances b/c lets say Mcadoo, Bullock and just say PJ decide to leave? He may not be as excited about UNC. I’m gonna hope PJ is not going to leave of the 3 but who knows with such a ‘weak’ draft. Hopefully those guys are excited about this season and what could and WOULD be next year esp if they can get Wiggins to join them! Fingers, toes and everthing crossed. This could be beyond HUGE if atleast 2 of those 3 guys stay and get Wiggins.

    • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.jhill1 Timothy Jhill

      dereck, you know theo has visited carolina 77 times, some thinks hes a dook lock, but my friend works with theo pinsion senior he said he loves dook, but lets get real he has visted carolina 77 times, i read that on a carolina board.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodney.pierce.52 Rodney Pierce

    I feel UNC has as good a chance as Florida State in Wiggins’ recruitment. I think the personnel, should they all return (Bullock, Hairston, McAdoo), offer him the best chance at winning a title and making more of an impact. If he goes to FSU, he may be playing in March, but it might just be in the NIT. He won’t get the exposure of playing in the NCAA Tournament, which UNC will make next season. Besides, who would he really have to challenge him at Florida State in practice on a daily basis? Think about the fact that he’s going up against McDonald’s All-Americans or Jordan Brand Classic players every day in practice at UNC, guys like Hairston, Bullock, Tokoto, Hicks, and not to mention the former players who come back during the summer to play pick up games. As Andrew says, he likes to bring his A game when the competition is better. What better competition will he find than in Chapel Hill during practice, off season pick up games, and getting to play against Jabari Parker twice next season. There’s already a rivalry between those two, even if it hasn’t been of their own making. And people always want to tie in the Florida State connection because of his parents both attending there and meeting there. Well, quiet as kept, and I don’t know of anyone or any publication that has really touched on this, but Wiggins’ father, Mitchell, is from Kinston, the same hometown of UNC players Jerry Stackhouse and Reggie Bullock. So there is a Carolina connection so to speak. I think if we pull this off right, he’ll commit when he decides to make his announcement.

    • http://twitter.com/DSteele_23 Dereck Steele

      I feel the same way basically except for 2 key things…1. Wiggins is NOT the typical star player and the limelight doesn’t seem to matter and #2 his teammate and good friend is signed to play at FSU next year and of course his parents connection to FSU. This kid seems like certain factors are really going to be what gets him. When u look at his remaining schools you almost have to laugh and say FSU in the mix with UNC, UK, and KU?? Back in the day certain schools got players just b/c it’s his fav school or b/c its a top 5 name brand but u just can’t tell with these guys now. And as humble as Wiggins appears hopefully his thirst for competition in the ACC keeps him out of UK and hopefully to UNC so he can battle Parker at Duke.

    • Guest

      Y’all are right…It comes down to Wiggins personality vs. Wiggins thirst for competition…His personality screams FSU, his competitive drive screams UNC…I say this not just as a fan, but I really believe UNC has more to offer (especially at the Duke game) from an atmosphere standpoint than any other school on his list, when you take the unique basketball museum into account, the fact that Jordan went there, the fact the crowd will be wilder at this Dook game than any in recent memory. We have a good hand to play. I really like our chances and I have for some time. Not to mention the fact Wiggins wanted more schools to recruit him when it was just FSU and UK, and (even though this could be looked too far in to) on a previous twitter picture Wiggins had some UNC drinking cups in the background of the picture. I just think that shows UNC has a very, very good chance of landing this dude, regardless of what “experts” say…I’m pretty sure the “experts” didn’t think Barnes was coming to UNC either.