Wiggins: The hard sell

Wiggins: The hard sell

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Wiggins: The hard sell


Each of Andrew Wiggins’ four finalists – North Carolina, Florida State, Kentucky and Kansas – “know” that their school is where he needs to be.

But with less than 24 hours before Wiggins, a swingman at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, decides (Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. EST), whose truth will resonate the most with the consensus No. 1 player in the country?

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To lend a helping hand on the eve of his big decision, we had one signed player from each of his four finalists give their final sales pitches to Wiggins. The reasons they provide for coming to their schools certainly won’t make Wiggins’ decision any easier.

The Florida State sell

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, SG, 2013

“Drew, you should come to FSU because you’re my best friend and because of the opportunity we have to do something special together that not too many people can do together. Other than that, I want you to go where you’re happy; so no matter where you go, I’ll support you 100 percent and be your biggest supporter!”

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The Kansas sell

Wayne Selden, Tilton (Tilton, N.H.), SG, 2013

“Andrew, I think that you should come to Kansas so we can work for this conference title and then the national championship. Come rock with us because we’re going to work and we all want to win and continue to develop.”

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The Kentucky sell

Dakari Johnson, Montverde (Montverde, Fla.), C, 2013

“Andrew, I think you should come to Kentucky because it will challenge you to be a better player competing against the best players every day in practice. And hey, there are no better fans in the world than the Big Blue Nation!

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The North Carolina sell

Nate Britt, Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), PG, 2013

“Andrew, I think you need to come to North Carolina because we have a strong team coming back next year. We had a young team last year and we’ll be more experienced with the majority of the team having at least one year under their belt. This is the best chance to win a national championship. Plus, we have great social life! Everyone is friendly and they show that southern hospitality. It’s a very chill atmosphere. Also, the baddest girls reside in Chapel Hill. We have the most diverse females in the Triangle. That’s why I’m not surprised some of our competition interacts with the girls here. And the night life? We’ve got Frankilin St. Best place to be day and night! We’ve got the best history, best atmosphere, best fans, best coach! Let’s try and make history!”

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