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Is Andrew Wiggins now the nation’s top HS player?

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If it wasn’t already a consensus, it is now: Andrew Wiggins is the best high school basketball player in the country.

The native-Canadian led CIA Bounce to the Peach Jam title game a week after leading Team Canada to the final at the Nike Global Challenge. But in summer basketball, the wins and losses matter less than what you do on the floor, and what Wiggins can do on a basketball court is unmatched nationally.

The Class of 2014 forward is one of the best athletes in the class. He’s got length on his 6-foot-7 frame and he not only can score in a variety of ways — attacking the rim, transition, beyond the arc, mid-range pull-ups, in the post — but he’s a terrific defender as well.

Want proof?:

At this point, most people believe that Wiggins is a better prospect — and a better player — than Chicago’s Jabari Parker, a member of the Class of 2013. (Believe it or not, Wiggins, who is technically a year behind Parker, is actually older than him. There is speculation that Wiggins will reclassify to 2013.) While a toe-injury kept Parker out of the Peach Jam — and prevented a matchup between the nation’s two best high school players — observers did get a classic matchup out of Wiggins and Julius Randle, who is making a push for the title of top prospect in the Class of 2013:

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Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.