Top NBA prospect for 2014 will hit town in February



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Wed. August 8, 2012 | John C. Cotey | Email

Oldsmar Christian coach Jordan Fair has lined up what he says is the "Game of the Year" in Tampa Bay this upcoming basketball season, against a team featuring Canadian prep phenom Andrew Wiggins.

Wiggins plays stateside for Huntington Prep and he and his teammates will visit the Eagles' gym Feb. 22 for a game against Oldsmar Christian. Huntington Prep will play the next day at Oldsmar against Gainesville's The Rock.

Wiggins, a 6-7 forward with a 6-11 wingspan, is the top-rated player in the 2014 class, and some recruitniks think he would be the top pick in the NBA draft either of the next two years. Wiggins' dad, Mitchell, was the 23rd pick in the 1983 NBA draft after playing at FSU.

The 17-year-old Wiggins recently dominated at the South Carolina Peach Jam. Jabari Parker, the No. 1 player in the 2013 class, missed the event with an injury but Wiggins went up against the No. 2 player, Julius Randle.

According to CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman, "Wiggins made Randle look ordinary, as if he was just another Top 100 player. I will confess that I'm a huge Randle fan, but he was outclassed -- in every manner."

Wiggins finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Here's the video of Wiggins vs. Randle. It's impressive stuff:

Oldsmar Christian, which also has nationally-ranked Arlington Country Day on its schedule, is an approved non-member of the Florida High School Athletic Association. It does not  play in a district or qualify for the playoffs, but can schedule games against member schools. The Eagles boast a number of local prospects, including Palm Harbor’s Thomas Horn and Tampa’s Troy Holston, as well as out-of-area players like Division I prospect Glen Pierre, a 6-foot-11 center.


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