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Andrew Wiggins to re-classify, will play college ball in 2013

One of the most touted basketball prospects in recent memory will graduate from high school a year early. Florida State and Kentucky are currently the two leaders in the clubhouse.

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

The hype around Andrew Wiggins, a 17-year old Canadian basketball phenom, is already deafening. Now, after a dominant summer campaign on the AAU circuit, Wiggins will re-classify as a high school senior and be eligible to play college basketball in the 2013 season.

Right now, recruiting analysts consider Florida State and Kentucky far ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of recruiting Wiggins. And while John Calipari is always in the mix for elite recruits, Florida State, a dyed in the wool football school, would seem like an unlikely choice.

That is, until you look at Wiggins' background. His father, a six-year NBA veteran, met his mother, a two-time Summer Olympian, while they were both athletes at Florida State.

As a result, Leonard Hamilton has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get a 6'8 wing who many believe could have as dominant a freshman season as Kevin Durant did at Texas.

Wiggins' decision to re-classify will intensify what should be a pitched recruiting battle, as he will likely make a decision sometime in the spring about where he'll be playing in the fall of 2013.

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