Wiggins Aims to Dominate

Wiggins Aims to Dominate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The world's top amateur basketball player was in Charlotte this past weekend.

Andrew Wiggins and his Huntington Prep squad participated in the third annual Charlotte Hoops Challenge at Waddell Language Academy.

While fans and media might think they know who Wiggins is and how he plays, the 6-foot-8 wing provided a self-scouting report.

"I'm a versatile forward that can shoot it and get to the bucket," said Wiggins. "I can get to the bucket and I try to always get my teammates involved, and I try to be a lock-down defender. Defense is important to me."

Huntington Prep, which features a handful of Division I players, (including Florida State commitment Xavier Rathan-Mayes) struggled to separate itself from Quality Education Academy in Friday's marquee game.

Sensing his team needed a boost, and with his outside shot not falling, Wiggins started aggressively driving to the rim.

"I just kept attacking," said Wiggins. "I'm trying to get that killer mentality where I'm always killing them on the court. I want to dominate."

Wiggins has the choice to dominate at the next level at any college he wants. In addition to presumed leaders Florida State and Kentucky, Wiggins mentioned North Carolina, Ohio State and Kansas.

He also dispelled the notion of him being set on Kentucky and Florida State, saying he's "open."

Though he couldn't remember the date of his last conversation with Roy Williams' staff, Wiggins said they talk from "time to time."

"I like UNC," Wiggins said. "The coach is a legend and has built a legend there. It's a great school and a great program. They have great facilities and a great coaching staff and I can just see myself in that situation."

Wiggins plans to take official visits to some of his leading schools. However, the details of who will receive visits and when those visits will take place are still being sorted out.

"I'm not really sure which schools I'll take visits to," said Wiggins. "When I go home and see my family, me, my dad and family are going to talk and see which schools I'm really into and could see myself playing at. From there, I'm going to take my visits."

Prior to Huntington's arrival at Waddell, Michael Jordan was in attendance at the Challenge. Jordan's nephew, Justin Jordan, is a senior wing at Davidson (N.C.) Day.

Though Wiggins, born in 1995, was too young to witness Jordan's years with the Bulls, he knows of Jordan's exploits.

"Sad I missed him," Wiggins said. "I know he was the best player ever. My dad [who played in the NBA)] always told me he was a beast, he always wanted the ball. There wasn't a time when he couldn't score, if anyone needed a bucket he was the man to go to. I want to be like that."

While the constant attention he receives can sometimes be "exhausting," Wiggins said he takes it all in stride.

"I try to do my best to answer every question and give fans what they want, like autographs and that stuff," he said. "With the ability that God has blessed me with, I know that I have responsibilities and I don't mind fulfilling them."

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