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Andrew Wiggins Picks Kansas, Twitter Explodes


Andrew Wiggins is widely regarded as the best recruit in years. The 6-8 Canadian forward who most recently played ball at Huntington Prep (WV), has also been an unknown quantity on the recruiting trail for months.

Wiggins remained tight-lipped on his intentions through the end of the recruiting process. After narrowing down his options to four finalists, he left the coaches and fanbases of each of those schools dangling for weeks while he enjoyed several high school All-Star events and the end of his school year.

On Tuesday he finally ended the speculation and chose Kansas.

That left many Florida State fans feeling the hurt. Both of Wiggins parents attended Florida State, his father was a star basketball player himself and his mother ended up being an Olympic track athlete. Also working in Florida State's favor was Wiggins' friendship with G Xavier Rathan-Mayes. 

The two players grew up together, their fathers played at Florida State together and they had long talked of playing together in college. Rathan-Mayes was already signed at FSU.

But Wiggins went his own direction on Tuesday, picking Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks over the Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles for what will likely be his lone college season.

Things started to look bleak for Florida State early in the week when XRM tweeted that he had no idea where Wiggins was headed, and indicated he didn't have much influence over that decision.

Then about 15 minutes before the decision, another tweet went out that Wiggins had just informed his parents of his choice. That was essentially the nail in the Florida State coffin. The decision to not tell his parents until the last minute could mean very little, but it could also indicate that he wanted to avoid being talked out of his own decision.

Surmising that Wiggins parents may have wanted to see him attend their alma mater, keeping them in the dark until the end kind of gave the indication his choice may not have been their first pick for him.

A few minutes later he was a Jayhawk.

Beyond the family ties and XRM, there wasn't much reason for Wiggins to come to Tallahassee if you're being objective about it. While Kentucky, UNC and Kansas have all had major college basketball success, FSU's program is far less established nationally.

While the other three schools have a basketball-first mentality in their athletic programs, FSU is a football school. As the football team finishes work on its brand new, state-of-the-art multimillion dollar indoor practice facility, The Leon County Civic Center still sits in serious need of upgrades and renovations. 

Short of the quixotic desire to bring FSU a basketball title, Wiggins is far better served heading to Kansas to play his year of college ball.

FSU meanwhile has some questions facing its basketball team. Despite a solid recruiting class that features Rathan-Mayes and F Jarquez Smith, RS SR F Terrance Shannon is rumored to be headed to VCU for his final year of eligibility and JR G Terry Whisnant is also seeking a transfer. 

Even with Michael Snaer graduating, the Seminoles have a decent group of players coming back, but would be seriously hurt by the loss of Shannon inside.

Getting Wiggins would have been the magical duct tape to fix some of the problems that a young, still somewhat inexperienced Seminoles team could face in a brutal Atlantic Coast Conference schedule next season- especially without a veteran presence like Shannon's. 

But now, some of those question marks seem to loom larger than ever...


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