Anyone who has gone through the recruitment process at any level knows the most stress is felt by the player involved. You have everyone telling you their opinion on what to do about your future. Your life’s goals are going to be altered by where you decided to go to college. Andrew Wiggins may be the most highly touted recruit since LeBron James, and now the recruiting process may be effecting him negatively.
While it is a blessing to have your choice of basically any college program you wish to go begging you to play basketball for them, the stress of decision making weighs heavily on the mind of young Andrew Wiggins. The lack of inner peace has taken a toll on him, and his game. His high school coach recently said in an interview that Andrew is frustrated, sick, and his shots are not falling like last year. Wiggins is regarded as the #1 player in the 2013 class, with Florida State and Kentucky being the leaders for his services. His coach also explains in the interview that Andrew knows these schools need answers, and he has a hard time making decisions. He feels that Andrew knows where he wants to go, but struggles with finalizing his thoughts.
Kentucky commit and the #3 player in the 2014 class, Karl Towns has felt the same pain as Andrew Wiggins. While Towns was originally in the 2015 class, like Wiggins, he has the grades to graduate early and will enter college when he’s supposed to be a high school senior. As a sophomore, Towns has already committed to Kentucky because of how stressful the recruiting process is. Now that Towns has chosen Kentucky, he can focus on the rest of his high school career and get his peace of mind back.
While Wiggins will probably wait until the spring signing period to make his decision, he may not even hold a press conference. It could be just a simple text, and that’s it. The kid does not like the attention. With that being said, does that hurt Kentucky’s chances of making him a Wildcat? Currently, Wiggins is somewhat sheltered by living and playing basketball in Huntington, W. Virginia, and that allows him to be a normal kid. Once that is over, he will not be able to hide. Florida State is better known as a football school, his parents are both alums, and he would not have the pressure of a fan base like the Big Blue Nation watching his every blink. Wiggins hates talking about it, and nobody knows except him what he will do.
I really hope Wiggins will be able to find some inner peace, and be able to be as much of a kid as he allows himself to be. In a society where you are ranked and graded before you leave middle school, the recruiting process has become a brutal and taxing process on these young kids. As big as they are, we all have to be reminded they are still 16-17-18 year old kids. Good luck to Andrew Wiggins and all of the talented young men and women who are going through this brutal process.