Andrew Wiggins still has to go through the David Stern-mandated one season of college basketball before he can receive his due as the first overall selection of the 2014 NBA draft. In the short run, the Concord, Ont., native has shown he is the most entertaining teenage baller anywhere, if not the best player in the world outside of the NBA when you consider the '13 draft is not considered to be overly strong.
The 6-foot-8 small forward earned another U.S. high school player of the year. Plus the latest mix of soaring dunks and just-watch-me drives to the hoop is "will make you wish that we lived in a more just world, one in which Wiggins could enter the NBA draft rather than being forced into having his abilities exploited by the NCAA for a year."
So what is his nom de hoop: The Canadian Jordan or Maple Jordan? Maple Jordan is smoother and sweeter.
Next up for Wiggins is the McDonalds All-American Game in Chicago on April 3, one week from Wednesday. He and 6-9 forward Trey Lyles, along with Ryerson Rams coach Roy Rana, are part of the World team for the 16th annual NIKE Hoop Summit game in Portland, Ore., on April 20. Lyles, who is considered one of the best juniors in the U.S., won't be playing in the game due to a knee injury, but he is another Canadian prodigy to get to know. Brampton, Ont.'s Anthony Bennett, the forward from UNLV, is expected to become the fourth Canadian first-rounder in the past three years this summer.
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