LOS ANGELES – Andrew Wiggins and Morgan Andrews on Tuesday were named the 2013 Gatorade High School Male and Female Athletes of the Year at an awards ceremony at the W Hollywood Hotel.
Wiggins, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound Canadian senior forward who attended Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, is the sixth boys’ basketball player to win Athlete of the Year honors in the award’s 11-year history and the first since Brandon Knight in 2010. Andrews, a 5-foot-9 senior forward from Milford (N.H.) High, is the second girls soccer player to win Athlete of the Year, following 2011 winner Morgan Brian.
The consensus No. 1 recruit in the class of 2013, Wiggins averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game during the 2012-13 season, leading the Express to a 30-3 record and a final national ranking of No. 7 in the USA TODAY Super 25.
"It feels pretty good to know I'm the first Canadian to get this, so it's really big for my country," he said. "I really wanted to win it."
A two-time West Virginia Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Wiggins was the 2013 Naismith Boys High School Player of the Year, the 2013 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American selection. The son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins, he will attend the University of Kansas beginning this fall and is an early favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
"I don't really pay attention to (high) expectations from other people," he said. "I make goals for myself, my family and God.""
Wiggins has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom at St. Joseph’s Central Catholic High School in Huntington. He has volunteered at free basketball clinics for low-income Huntington youth and with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, and has visited young patients at the Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Andrews, who will play at Notre Dame, scored 31 goals and passed for 18 assists this past fall, leading the Spartans to a 16-3-1 record and the Division II state championship. She scored both goals for Milford in its 2-1 win over rival Souhegan High in the state final and concluded her prep soccer career with 114 goals and 53 assists.
A three-time New Hampshire Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Andrews is one of only nine two-time Gatorade National Players of the Year in the program’s 28-year history. She was the captain of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team that participated in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and is a member of the Under-20 and Under-23 Women’s National Team player pools.
Andrews has maintained a 3.13 GPA in the classroom. She founded and directs Kicks for Cans, which provides soccer training to youth players whose admission is canned food.
"I'm shocked, but I feel amazing," she said. "I didn't want to have any expectations going in. The competition was great and I truly believe every athlete here deserves this award, so I'm thankful for it."
The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. USA TODAY High School Sports administrates the nationwide selection process in collaboration with Gatorade. Wiggins and Andrews were selected from among the 12 Gatorade National Players of the Year. The other male nominees were Trayvon Bromell (track and field), Max Browne (football), Edward Cheserek (cross country), Clint Frazier (baseball) and Cristian Roldan (soccer). The other female nominees were Sarah Baxter (cross country), Lauren Carlini (volleyball), Carley Hoover (softball), Mercedes Russell (basketball) and Kendell Williams (track and field).
GATORADE MALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
2013 – Andrew Wiggins, basketball
2012 – Johnathan Gray, football
2011 – Dylan Bundy, baseball
2010 – Brandon Knight, basketball
2009 – Garrett Gilbert, football
2008 – Matt Barkley, football
2007 – Kevin Love, basketball
2006 – Greg Oden, basketball
2005 – Greg Paulus, football
2004 – Dwight Howard, basketball
2003 – LeBron James, basketball
GATORADE FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
2013 – Morgan Andrews, soccer
2012 – Breanna Stewart, basketball
2011 – Morgan Brian, soccer
2010 – Chiney Ogwumike, basketball
2009 – Skylar Diggins, basketball
2008 – Chanelle Price, track and field
2007 – Maya Moore, basketball
2006 – Tina Charles, basketball
2005 – Cynthia Barboza, volleyball
2004 – Candace Parker, basketball
2003 – Allyson Felix, track and field