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Andrew Wiggins makes the move many expected, reclassifies to 2013

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The question of whether or not highly talented wing Andrew Wiggins would remain in the 2014 class or reclassify to 2013 is one that’s hung over the recruiting world for quite some time.

We’ve got our answer, as it’s been reported by multiple outlets that the Huntington Prep star has made the move back to the 2013 class.

As was the case with Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel when he made a similar move (to 2012) in the spring, look for Wiggins to be placed atop many recruiting analysts’ 2013 rankings.

Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford confirmed the news on Twitter.

“Obviously it’s been the question of the summer,” Fulford said. “Our stance from the get go would be that we would support Andrew’s decision in whatever direction he decided. But this is the smart decision for him.”

“His grades are good and he has enough credits,” the Huntington Prep coach continued. “We’ll just have to enroll him in an additional English course so he can graduate on time.”

The news comes just hours after Wiggins’ father Mitchell, who played eight seasons in the NBA, told Eric Prisbell of USA Today that the time had come for Andrew to make the move.

“It’s time,” Mitchell Wiggins told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s time for him (to show) that he is the best in college right now. I think he is ready for the next step. Academically-wise he is doing great. Maturity-wise he is doing great. He has a lot of talent. He is ready for the next step, and everybody knows it is time. It is Andrew’s time. Next year is coming soon and he is ready.”

The obvious question now is who the favorite is to land Wiggins, with many under the assumption that it’s a two-horse race between Florida State (both parents attended FSU) and Kentucky.

But with the Wildcats landing the players that they have in the 2013 class thus far, other schools (North Carolina, Kansas, Ohio State and Syracuse) reportedly began to ramp up their pursuit of Wiggins.

It’s become quite obvious over the last three seasons that John Calipari can get highly talented prospects to coexist, so to hope that Wiggins would be concerned about joining UK’s loaded class may be a pipe dream.

But when considering just how talented the wing from Canada is it’s certainly worth a shot.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej. 

Mountain West admits official error, won’t change result of Boise State-Colorado State

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After reviewing video for a second straight day, the Mountain West has determined that Boise State should have beaten Colorado State on Wednesday night, but that due to an NCAA rule the outcome of the game cannot be changed.

Boise State’s James Webb III hit a one-handed, banked-in three at the end of overtime in Colorado State’s Moby Arena, breaking an 84-all tie, but after officials reviewed the play on the video monitor, they waived off the basket. Webb got the shot off in time, but the clock operator did not start the clock on time. After using stopwatch technology embedded in the video monitor, the referees determined that it took 1.3 seconds from the time that Webb caught the pass until the time that he got the shot off.

There were 0.8 seconds left when Boise State took the ball out of bounds.

On Thursday, the league announced that the referees followed the correct protocol to make the call.

They released a video that the referees used to make the decision, but upon further analysis — and amid a push on social media — it was determined that there was a difference between the “rate at which the embedded digital stopwatch advanced and the rate at which the game clock regressed during the instant replay review.”

In other words, the referees made the correct call with the evidence they had available, but the conference provided them with flawed evidence.

Boise State lost 97-93 in double-overtime.

The loss came four days after officials botched a call at the end of San Diego State’s win over New Mexico.

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.