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: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.

 

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: