Andrew Wiggins, the top high school basketball player in the nation, exploded for 57 points in Huntington Prep’s 111-59 win over the Marietta College JV team on Thursday night. The offensive outburst was sparked by a Sports Illustrated article posted about him earlier in the day.
The article, written by Pete Thamel, examined the highs and lows of the Canadian product. It discussed his talent and his ceiling-less potential while also mentioning Wiggins’ two-month stint at a North Carolina prep school several years ago, and questions about his motor.
“After that article dropped, I knew I had to respond,” Wiggins told Zack Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio. “That was the best way to respond.”
Wiggins shot 24-for-28, even more impressive is that the No. 1 recruit has been battling a case of bronchitis during this stretch of the season. Although it was a Division III junior varsity squad, according to Jackson, Huntington Prep and Marietta played twice last season with Wiggins and Co. winning by single digits each time.
The 6-foot-7 Wiggins is likely to pick from either Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina or Kansas. Wiggins has previously visited Florida State, the alma mater of both of his parents.
Rob Fulford, Wiggins’ coach, told Fox Sports Ohio, following the game that his star player does have the tendency to play harder “in spurts.” If this is any indication of what Wiggins looks like when he’s fully locked in, he could live up to the hype as the world’s top high school-aged prospect and be that future NBA All-Star that several college coaches told Thamel they believe he can be.
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Nebraska forward Shavon Shields was stretchered off of the floor after a scary fall as the Huskers were taking on Rutgers.
Nebraska was up by 17 in the second half when Shields bit on a pump fake and tried to block a Rutgers player’s shot. But his momentum carried him over the player’s shoulder, and he landed on what appeared to be up upper back, neck and right shoulder.
Here is the video. Be warned: it’s a nasty fall:
One of the biggest storylines of Saturday’s college basketball schedule had everything to do with a team that no longer matters in the championship picture.
Less than 24 hours after being informed that the school would be imposing a postseason ban that will leave the Cardinals out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments, No. 19 Louisville tipped off against Boston College, and they did so without leading scorer Damion Lee, who is battling a knee issue.
How would the team respond to the decision — the despicable, shameful decision — that the university’s president made?
Well, it seems.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the first eight minutes and cruised to a 79-47 win over an overmatched Boston College team in the Yum! Center.
And head coach Rick Pitino, after the quote, said exactly what everyone is thinking.
“We should be penalized, no question about it,” he said. “But not this team. But the NCAA didn’t make that decision. We made that decision.”
He’s totally right. The school sacrificed the season — and the only shot that a pair of fifth-year seniors would get to play in the NCAA tournament — to protect the school, the brand and the bottom-line moving forward. Like I said earlier, it’s despicable.
But credit the Cardinals for responding.
Because they still have something on the line. They’re just a game out of first place in the ACC, and while an ACC regular season title isn’t a shot to play in the ACC or NCAA tournament, it’s still a banner that would probably mean more to Damion Lee and Trey Lewis than any league title has meant to a Louisville player before.