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Andrew Wiggins reclassifying? “Unlikely at this stage”

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As we noted earlier, highly-touted wing James Young — a Michigan native that never even made a visit to Michigan State — joined the Harrison twins in John Calipari’s 2013 recruiting class.

This didn’t get as much pub as the Harrisons’ commitment did (hey, Young is only one guy, you know?), but it is a significant commitment. Kentucky now has three of the ten best high school players in the country on track to become members of Big Blue Nation, and that’s just the beginning.

Coach Cal has more commitments coming. Who, exactly, they are is to be determined, but I think it is safe to assume that he’ll once again land one of the best classes in the country.

Mike DeCourcy agrees with me. He wrote a column on the subject, in fact, and it is worth the five minutes it will take you to read it.

But the most interesting note in the column was tucked about halfway down, when DeCourcy started talking about Andrew Wiggins (emphasis mine):

Wiggins still is listed as a junior at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. A 6-8 wing who is a native of Toronto, he is considered by many to be the top prospect in all of high school basketball, regardless of class. Although many have speculated he will reclassify and graduate in the spring — he will turn 18 in February — my sources say that appears to be unlikely at this stage.

The consensus opinion among recruitniks is that Wiggins will, at some point, move up to the Class of 2013. It only makes sense. He’ll get to college a year earlier, which gets him to the pros a year earlier, which gets him that second contract — the one where the real money is made — a year earlier. And rest assured, Andrew Wiggins will be ready to play in the NBA in 2014.

DeCourcy knows his stuff. This is by no means definitive, but it is the first time I’ve seen someone worth paying attention to say they thought Wiggins to 2013 was unlikely. Something to keep an eye on.

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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.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has scary fall while carrying girl

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Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.

Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.

As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.

Here’s another angle of the fall:

It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.

No. 5 Xavier stumbles at Creighton, lose 70-54

Creighton's Cole Huff (13) and Toby Hegner, left, guard Xavier's Jalen Reynolds (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Mo Watson went for a career-high 32 points, seven boards and five assists as Creighton jumped out to an early 21-4 lead and never looked back, beating No. 5 Xavier, 70-54, in Omaha on Tuesday night.

 

It was a massive win for the Bluejays, who still have an outside shot at earning an at-large bid this season. (We wrote all about that here.)

As well as Creighton played, the bigger story here may actually be Xavier, who lost for just the third time this season; they had been the only top ten team with just two losses to their name.

The issue for the Musketeers tonight was two-fold, but they both are a symptom of what could be an issue down the road for this team: Xavier doesn’t really have a true point guard.

They certainly didn’t have anyone to stop Watson. By the second half, they had essentially asked Reynolds, who was playing the middle of their 1-3-1 zone to matchup with Watson. It was weird but was actually somewhat effective.

The Musketeers also started out ice cold from the floor, missing 11 of their first 13 shots, and those misses led to leak outs from Bluejays, who got layups and open threes in transition to build that 17 point lead. Once Xavier got behind, it turned into scramble mode for Xavier. They forced shots early in the clock and didn’t start pounding the ball into the paint until it was too late. What they needed was someone to be able to settle things, to ensure that offensive would get initiated and sets would get executed when they were able to get the lead down to single digits.

That 1-for-19 shooting performance from beyond the arc certainly didn’t help matters, and neither did the fact that they got just nine field goals all game from players not named James Farr or Jalen Reynolds. The most frustrating part for head coach Chris Mack? They had good shots. It wasn’t like Creighton took away everything that Xavier wanted to do.

The kids just had one of those nights where nothing went down.

Those happen.

And when you combine them with a total inability to contain the opposing team’s point guard, what you get is a 16 point loss on the road against a team that was desperate to get a good win.