Andrew Wiggins

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Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins Huntington (cropped).jpg
Wiggins playing for Huntington Prep in 2013
No. 22 – Minnesota Timberwolves
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-02-23) February 23, 1995 (age 19)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Vaughan (Vaughan, Ontario)
Huntington Prep
(Huntington, West Virginia)
College Kansas (2013–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Christian Wiggins (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kansas.[1] He was the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, making him the second ever Canadian basketball player to be taken number one overall in the NBA draft.[2] His talent and athleticism have drawn comparisons to Tracy McGrady.[3]

Early life[edit]

Wiggins was born in Toronto, Ontario[4][5][6] and raised in nearby Thornhill,[7][8][9] a neighbourhood of Vaughan, Ontario.[1][5] He is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins, an American, and former Olympic track and field sprinter Marita Payne-Wiggins, a Canadian who is originally from Barbados. His parents met as student-athletes at Florida State University.[10]

High school career[edit]

Wiggins attended Vaughan Secondary School in Vaughan for two years before transferring to Huntington Prep School in Huntington, West Virginia in 2011.

Wiggins had been rated as the top prospect for 2014, but announced in October 2012 that he would officially reclassify into his original high school class of 2013, and was immediately placed ahead of the previous number one prospect, Jabari Parker, by ESPN.[11]

On February 7, 2013, after an article in Sports Illustrated criticized Canadian basketball and Wiggins' work ethic, he responded later that day, scoring 57 points in a 111–59 win over Marietta College.[12]

Wiggins was named the 2013 Naismith Prep Player of the Year on February 25.[13] He was named the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year on March 28 as the nation's top high school player.[14] He was the first Canadian player to be so named.[14][15] In May 2013, he was named Mr. Basketball USA.[16] He was ranked number one high school basketball player by SLAM Magazine.[17]

In April 2013, Wiggins played in the Jordan Brand Classic All-American game in Brooklyn.[18][19] He scored 19 points and tied Julius Randle for lead scorer for the East team.[18][19]

College career[edit]

Wiggins committed to Kansas on May 14, 2013.[20] Before the announcement, he had narrowed his choices to Florida State, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina.[21] Wiggins joined the Kansas team on June 19, 2013.[1]

On January 13, 2014, Wiggins scored 17 points and collected 19 rebounds in a 77–70 victory over Iowa State, becoming only the second freshman in the last 15 years (along with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) to amass those numbers in a win against a ranked opponent.[22]

Wiggins averaged 17.1 points per game (ppg), 5.9 rebounds per game (rpg), and made 34.1% of his three-pointers in his freshman year at Kansas.[23][24] On January 22, 2014, Wiggins was named a Top 25 Finalist for the John R. Wooden Men's Player of the Year award by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.[25][26] On February 28, he was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year.[27]

On March 8, 2014, Wiggins scored 41 points against West Virginia, the most for a Big 12 Conference freshman since Michael Beasley scored 44 points against Baylor in 2008.[28]

Professional career[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

Wiggins declared for the 2014 NBA draft on March 31, 2014.[29] He was selected first overall in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 26, 2014.[10] On July 24, 2014, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Cavaliers.[30] He is the second Canadian ever picked number one in the draft, since Anthony Bennett, the first overall draft pick of the 2013 NBA draft.

Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–present)[edit]

On August 23, 2014, a three-team trade was completed involving the Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Philadelphia 76ers. As part of the deal, Wiggins and teammate Anthony Bennett were traded to the Wolves, along with Thaddeus Young, then of the Sixers. The Cavaliers received Kevin Love from Minnesota, whereas the Sixers received Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved from Minnesota and a 2015 first round draft pick from Cleveland.[31] Wiggins became just the second player since the ABA–NBA merger to be drafted as the number one pick, only to be traded afterwards without playing a single game for the team he was originally selected for; Chris Webber was the first following the 1993 NBA draft.[32]

International career[edit]

Wiggins participated in the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and 2012 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship, assisting the Canadian national team's win of a bronze medal in each tournament.[33] During the 2010 victory, Wiggins was a teammate of Anthony Bennett, the number one overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft and future teammate on the Timberwolves.[34] In the 2012 tournament, he led the team in scoring with 15.2 ppg, along with 7.6 rpg.[4]

Personal[edit]

One of his older brothers, Nick, played college basketball at Wichita State, while his other older brother, Mitchell Jr., has played at Southeastern University since 2012.[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Andrew Wiggins debuts with a dunk for KU fans
  2. ^ Cavs take Wiggins with No. 1 pick in NBA draft
  3. ^ Mock Draft Lottery: Wiggins back at No. 1 Despite Poor NCAA Tournament
  4. ^ a b "2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship For Men". FIBA. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  5. ^ a b Blair, Jeff (2013-06-28). "Blair: Time for Raptors to go all in for Wiggins". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  6. ^ "Toronto-born basketball prospect Wiggins to play at Kansas". Citynews.ca. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  7. ^ Canadian Andrew Wiggins rumoured to be traded after Lebron James signs with Cleveland, Canada.com
  8. ^ Thornhill’s Andrew Wiggins picked No. 1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hamilton Spectator
  9. ^ Caboclo in the spotlight in Vegas Summer League, Sportsnet
  10. ^ a b MIKE GANTER (2010-12-08). "Andrew Wiggins: Canada's great basketball hope". Torontosun.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  11. ^ Telep, Dave (2012-10-25). "Andrew Wiggins in Class of 2013". espn.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  12. ^ Sager, Neate (2013-02-08). "Hoops phenom Andrew Wiggins scores 57 points hours after scathing Sports Illustrated article". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  13. ^ "Canada's Wiggins wins Naismith award as top high school basketball player in US". Yahoo! Sports. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 
  14. ^ a b Payne, Terrence. Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins first Canadian to win Gatorade Athlete of the Year, NBC Sports, July 16, 2013.
  15. ^ Schwadron, Abe (2013-03-28). "Andrew Wiggins, Alonzo Mourning Speak About Gatorade POY Award". SLAM Magazine. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  16. ^ Flores, Ronnie (2013-05-08). "Andrew Wiggins Named Mr. Basketball USA". HighSchoolHardwood.com. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  17. ^ SLAM ONLINE | » SLAM Fresh 75 – 2013
  18. ^ a b Andrew Wiggins - 2013-14 Men's Basketball, KU Athletics Department.
  19. ^ a b Berman, Carl. 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, Huffington Post, April 17, 2013.
  20. ^ Top prospect Andrew Wiggins chooses Kansas, Lawrence Journal-World, May 14, 2013.
  21. ^ Meek, Austin. Wild chase leads Wiggins to KU, Topeka Capital-Journal, May 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  22. ^ Norlander, Matt (2014-01-14). "Embiid, Wiggins wow, make big statement in win at Iowa State". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  23. ^ "University of Kansas Men's Basketball: #22 Andrew Wiggins". KUAthletics.com. Kansas University Athletics Department. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Player Profile: Andrew Wiggins". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  25. ^ John R. Wooden Midseason Top 25+ Advanced Stats, Los Angeles Athletic Club, January 22, 2014.
  26. ^ Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins Named to John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, KU Athletics, January 22, 2014.
  27. ^ "Top 10 National Semifinalists Named for 2014 Men's Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T". Naismith Awards. February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  28. ^ West Virginia overcomes Andrew Wiggins' 41 points to stun Kansas
  29. ^ Eric Prisbell and Scott Gleeson (March 31, 2014). "Kansas star Andrew Wiggins declares for NBA draft". USA Today. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  30. ^ Cavaliers Sign Draft Picks Wiggins, Harris to Contracts
  31. ^ "Timberwolves Acquire Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 23, 2014. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  32. ^ Andrew Wiggins-Kevin Love trade set for takeoff
  33. ^ "Canada Captures Bronze Medal at FIBA Americas U18 Championship!". NorthPoleHoops.com. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  34. ^ "Andrew Wiggins". Canada Basketball. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  35. ^ #15 Nick Wiggins

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