Wiggins brags on big brother
HUNTINGTON -- As the nation's top prep basketball prospect for the Class of 2013, Huntington Prep's Andrew Wiggins is said to be the type of player who makes any team an instant contender to make the NCAA Final Four.
But Wiggins' focus this week?
The fact that a Wiggins has already made it to the Final Four.
Nick Wiggins, Andrew's older brother, is a 6-foot-6 guard on Wichita State's team, which takes on Louisville in Saturday's 6:09 p.m. Final Four contest in Atlanta.
That, and not his own recruitment, is Andrew Wiggins' focus this week.
"It's like a dream come true for him," Andrew Wiggins said. "His hard work has paid off. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I know he's making the best of it."
With the upcoming signing period quickly approaching, the entire nation has focused its attention on the younger Wiggins, who is still undecided on where he will attend college.
On the brink of the Wichita State's biggest game in history, Nick Wiggins was fielding questions from several reporters on Friday following practice.
However, few of them were geared toward the Final Four; most were geared toward his brother's selection process as the media throng tried to gain an inside edge on his recruiting information.
"He called me earlier and said he was in the locker room and about 30 people came in with different cameras and they were all asking him questions about me and Kentucky, FSU and all types of stuff," Andrew Wiggins said.
Since no one wanted to talk to Nick about his own personal journey to Wichita State and ultimately, to the Final Four, Andrew took time to show his big brother a little love on Friday.
"He's a big-time player who is happy and thankful to be there," Andrew Wiggins said of Nick. "He came from Canada, his grades weren't the best and he had to go to junior college. From there, he's been hungry every step of the way to get to the next level. The hunger has shown throughout this season."
While Nick Wiggins has an obvious connection to Huntington with brother Andrew playing here, it isn't his only one.
He is playing for Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall, who was an assistant for Marshall University in the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons.
Like Andrew, Nick grew up in Toronto before moving to the United States to pursue basketball in high school. He moved to Tallahassee Godby (Fla.) as a junior in 2007-08 where he went to school with former Marshall quarterback A.J. Graham -- a senior at the time who won Florida's Mr. Football award. Nick Wiggins then became one of Florida's top basketball players in the 2008-09 year before going to junior college.
Nick is averaging 5.0 points per game for the Shockers this season.