Wiggins, Fulford in national TV game
HUNTINGTON - On Saturday night, Huntington Prep will be on full display nationally as head coach Rob Fulford leads the East team against the West in the Jordan Brand Classic.
And what better asset for Fulford to have on his team than someone he knows well - Huntington Prep's Andrew Wiggins, the nation's top-ranked prospect.
Fulford said he and Wiggins are both excited to represent the Tri-State for the game, which can be seen on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. on Saturday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
"It's a great opportunity for us to showcase Huntington Prep and put them in that spotlight with the nation's best, which is where we've been for three years," Fulford said. "Being from West Virginia and being able to coach in this prestigious game is a thrill for me personally and I know Andrew always likes being up against the best, too."
Fulford and Wiggins flew to New York on Wednesday to meet with the team.
For Wiggins, he knew many of the players from his time at the McDonald's All-American Game 10 days ago in Chicago.
Fulford has spent the week renewing acquaintances with the kids he had previously met and getting to know some he hadn't spent much time with.
On Friday, Fulford lost to future Kentucky basketball player Julius Randle in a game of "HORSE" before going with the team to eat and spend the day together prior to Saturday's game.
The week has been full of practices and preparation for Saturday's contest, but it has also included interviews with national media and several events that have also added to the special nature of the event.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance not only for these guys, but for me," Fulford said. "They'll never forget playing in this game - especially because it has the Jordan Brand name attached to it."
Following the game, Fulford will return back, but Wiggins will have one more big event to partake in before he shifts his focus to his college decision.
Wiggins will play for the World Team in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., on April 20.
In addition to Fulford and Wiggins' involvement in the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday, three other Huntington Prep players are taking part in the Scott Brown Classic in Beckley. Those players are Travon Landry, Dominic Woodson and Moses Kingsley.