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May 12, 2013
The Moment Arrives
The nation's No. 1 prospect, Andrew Wiggins, appears finally ready to make his decision on a college, as Huntington (WV) Prep coach Rob Fulford confirmed to Tar Heel Illustrated Sunday evening that the five-star wing will sign on Tuesday.
Wiggins has been the subject of intense media scrutiny as the nation's top prospect, but he's been extremely private with his recruitment and will continue that by not allowing media at his announcement.
"Andrew will sign Tuesday around 12:15," Fulford told us. "He does not want to have a press conference signing. He wants it private to just his classmates, family, and friends."
Grant Traylor of the local newspaper, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, will be the lone media representative at the press conference and he will be granted the opportunity to notify an anxious basketball recruiting world.
Florida State, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas appear to be the schools that can hold out some optimism on Tuesday.
While he's waited until near the end of the period in which recruits can sign National Letters of Intent, Wiggins actually moved up his recruitment a year (he was initially in the Class of 2014), so he's still ahead of the curve.
Wiggins seems born for athletic greatness, as his mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, was a two-time Olympic Silver Medalist in 1984, a 21-time NCAA All-American and four-time NCAA champion track standout at Florida State, while his father, Mitchell Wiggins, starred for the Seminoles before going on to be a first round NBA Draft pick in 1983 and helping lead the Houston Rockets to the 1986 NBA Finals.
It's important for Wiggins that his signing be a private affair, and its particularly special that his mother will be there for it.
"He wanted his mother to be here when he signed," Coach Fulford said.
As the hours wind down to Wiggins' much-anticipated announcement, it appears that there's still a great deal of drama as to exactly who he's going to sign with.
"I have no clue where he's going or leaning, so I'm not much help here," his coach said.
Tar Heel Illustrated will have coverage following Wiggins' announcement, whether he picks North Carolina or another school.