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Wiggins top pick for Jordan Brand Classic

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 11:50 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Perhaps it's only fitting that the No. 1 college prospect in the country was the No. 1 selection overall for the Jordan Brand Classic Game, which features the nation's top high school boys basketball talent.

That didn't keep Huntington Prep playeer Andrew Wiggins from being excited about getting the opportunity, however.

Just days after he scored 57 points on 24-of-28 shooting in a game against the Marietta College junior varsity, Wiggins was chosen as the top pick overall for the April 13 Jordan Brand Classic, which will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"It's just a blessing to be a part of something so special with all the best basketball players from the United States," Wiggins said. "That'll get me fired up and motivate me to play better."

On Tuesday, Huntington Prep practiced as normal in the Marshall University Recreation Center and Wiggins kept his normal demeanor.

Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford said there might be a little more spring in the already-ridiculous bounce of Wiggins over the next couple of days.

"Andrew hides a lot of his emotions and excitement, but anytime you get chosen by the sports writers across the country for the Jordan game, those are the elite versus the elite," Fulford said. "These are the top 22 in the country going at it. Like anything else, he won't show it, but he's hyped up for it."

This Sunday, Michael Jordan -- the game's namesake -- turns 50 years old and sports television has been littered with the former Chicago Bulls star's highlights from his years in the NBA.

Wiggins, who is considered the game's next big sensation at the collegiate and eventually professional level, said he's humbled by being in a game that bears the Jordan Brand name.

"Too many memories to say," Wiggins said. "With all the highlights I've seen, you can tell that his game was special. He was the best ever."

The Canadian-born sensation joins a short list of individuals from his country to play in the contest -- names like Tristan Thompson, Myck Kabongo, Cory Joseph and Anthony Bennett.

Once again, Wiggins gets a chance to represent himself and his home country against the best in the United States.

The Jordan Brand Classic game has also featured a pair of players from Huntington High previously with O.J. Mayo and Patrick Patterson being selected in 2007.