Andrew Wiggins' coach at Huntington Prep, Rob Fulford, believes Wiggins “could start for an NBA team tomorrow.”
The 6-foot-8, 195-pound Wiggins has been heralded as a once-in-a-generation player since his sophomore year.
“There is no question college is a waste of time for him,” Fulford said.
Wiggins may reclassify from 2014 to 2013, which would allow him to enter the NBA draft a year earlier than expected.
“Selfishly for us, if we’ve got him here for another year that’s better for us, but that’s not what’s best for him,” Fulford said.
Adding more fuel to the hype fire I see. It will be funny if wiggins doesn't pan out with all the hype surrounding him like Sebastian telfair
if he went to the nba right now im not sure he would start..... perhaps for a sh*tty team....
Sebastian Telfair is a 5'11 PG, that couldn't shoot or defend and isn't a great athlete. Wiggins given his size, length, athletism, should be able to defend SG/Sf in the league right now.
I feel like Aaron Gordon, will become a better NBA player then Andrew Wiggins (more of a freak build ala Howard, Griffin, Drummond). Do you think guys like LeBron, Durant, heck even Paul George or Kawhi Leonard (Defense) would allow this kid to drop 20 points on them right now?. I personally doubt it. All of these Scottie Pippen comparisons and his 44 inch vertical (maybe 39, like Barnes or George), seems like a load of B.S. to me. If he went to the NBA right now he would be like, Thaddeus Young 2.0, with slightly better passing, Defense and perimeter skills. Thats my best comparison for 17 year old Andrew Wiggins.
both should turn out good but Wiggins has legendary potential while Gordon has the potential to get AS appearances but when it is all said and done he most likely wont be on the same level as Wiggins.
I think a couch would use him as a denfensive guy to slow down the likes of the players you mentioned and not expect him to score 20 points. If he was to get in the league straight out of HS. Aaron Gordon looks to be a 6'8 PF, he is overpowering his competition in the HS level. I don't believe he will be able to so against College size players.
Have you seen Aaron Gordon play, he doesn't over power you he out quicks and out athletic players like Shawn Marion. You're thinking of someone else, maybe his older brother
I didn't compare them I was talking about the amount of hype they are both receiving its unreal, everyone is hyping this guy up to dominate the nba and he isn't even in college yet. I don't deny his talent it's just all this hype surrounding him is annoying just let the man play ball
did his coach play or coach in the nba? if not how does he know what nba level competition is like?
Given the talent, the Hype is understable. I've seen less talented prospects or guys with nowhere near the ceiling Wiggins has get a profound amount of hype. Aaron Gordon is a pretty skilled face to the basket PF, but I haven't seen any real post moves. He might still grow a couple inches and everything could change then.
The Blake Griffin comparisons are really not off base. Both 6'9 guys that jump out of this world but dont have a jumper or post move they can put to memory
He's nowhere near as explosive as Blake Griffin, nor as agile.
Of course not he's 16 lol but Gordon at 16 was just as explosive as Griffin at 16
Other than them both being bi-racial, I see nothing in common. Griffin wasn't as hyped up as Gordon was at the same age, but Griffin got off of the floor A LOT quicker... Especially his second jumps.
They are veyr similar I wold agree but Griffin is much more of post player while Gordon actually has developed a decent jumper.
Andrew Wiggins = Tracy McGrady
No doubt But more durable and better defense...Also without the DIVA attitude and so far Wiggins seems to have a Killer Instinct...
Tmac was durable and had good defense as a highschooler as well. Easy to guard in HS when you are ten times more talented than everyone else
He would at best be a 6th or 7th man off the bench right now, he's not LeBron, although he could be similar when its all said and done.
He's got the explosiveness but he needs to put on more muscle to deal with the physical aspects of the pro game.
But it is HARD to imagine him right now starting without his struggles... He is a VERY ELITE prospect right now but not ready to play starter minutes in the NBA...
The typical statement to do some noise.... the level of the competition in NBA far away from HS. It's another world. Physicality, intensity, ... blows.... Wiggins cannot be ready for this world. Give him 3 years please, and we have a superstar....
Overrated talent and skill, Underrated athleticism...
Im saying overrated skill level because he's just not quite there yet if he's going to be compared to NBA starters. He's got a lot of talent but if you were to compare him to NBA starting players he would be near the bottom skill wise.
His athleticism is a different story. He has to be one of the quickest guards/forwards I have ever seen. Speed wise straight up and down the court he could be in the same category as some of the elite pg's in my opinion. His mom was an olympic sprinter which explains his explosiveness. He's also got more hops than 98% of the NBA and hes still only 17. At 6'8 with a long wingspan hes got the physical attributes to be an absolute beast in the NBA.
His athleticism is what seperates him from all the smaller and weaker high school players he goes against. Talent and skill wise he can improve in a lot of areas. In my opinion he could play in the NBA due to his crazy physical attributes, but skill wise hes not quite there yet for NBA quality.
Both have better overall basketball skill right now but Wiggins ceiling is higher than those two based on his Crazy athletism... It's going to be fun to watch Wiggins developed into possibly the next TMAC...
He would not start in the NBA right now. He has great potential and he's good right now but he isn't NBA starting right now good. His jumper isn't consistant yet, his effort isn't consistant yet either and he doesn't have the strength to guard a SF in the NBA yet (main thing)
julius randle doesn't not have more skills than wiggins... please
they went head to head this summer and Wiggins vastly outplayed him, half of the highlights on his most recent ballislife mixtape are of him schooling Randle.
It wasn't head to head because Randle barely guarded Wiggins. Also Randle was doubled the whole game. There were instances where it was just Wiggins and most of those times Randle out muscled him. As far as skilled I'd say Iggins but mostly because guards/wings are almost always more skilled at this stag since it takes bigs awhile to develop. Randle is more ready to make a impact on the. Ollie level right away though and should have better stats because there are far less players on his level at his position
I think the one and done rule is stupid they should just allow some of these kids to go straight to the NBA ... i think Wiggins could play in the NBA right now he has the body to play but i would rather see him round out his game playing college ball ... he would start on some &$#%#&@! teams but if one team had a solid SF starting i don't think they would put a rookie to start
The way this worded, I thought that his coach was saying the he could start in the NBA, not Wiggins. Haha. Of course his coach is going to stand up for him and try to help him anyway possible. Doesn't mean it's true, but I'm not going to hate on a guy for trying to help his player.
I would hate on him if he was talking &$#%#&@! saying HE could start in the NBA.
Idk. I think if he would have been drafted this year he would be starting because he would have been picked high. I'm not sure h could be a true starter yet. Then again, more than a few HS guys have come in and contributed early but other than Lebron it's usually big men. I also think he would start on a few teams just because he is young and for development. I could see him starting for the Wizards at SF. He definitely doesn't have the strength to guard a Pierce, Lebron, or even Durant but I'm sure he would compete. He did do a decent job on Randle when he guarded him.
All in all, I think he would start on a few teams but only because he is young and would be for development. He isn't ready to really contribute to a good team.
Highlights skew the game because Randles teamate Matt Jones (if Im not mistaken) went off for 32. Yet obviously as he wasnt the marque guy he got no shine. Either way the lost but just a little perspective aftr all it is 5 on 5.
If wiggins can add weight or atleast some strength( which should happen in college) I cant imagine how good hge can be with his touch, and athleticism. I am slightly skeptically about his shot creating though as obviously he can blow by these HS kids so easily he doesnt have to resort to breaking a defender down.
Ariza would destroy Wiggins right now. This isn't H.S this is big boy basked all, he would not start for the Wizards. Tobias Harris would murder him if he was put back in H.S right now as well as Mike Miller. The kid is good and has great potential but the NBA is a different animal. None of Wiggins skills are elite right now other than athletic ability. Handles are ok, jumper is ok but inconsistent, defense comes and goes when he feels like it, and he doesn't always dominate. He also has been out played from time to time. He could start on a bad team at the end of the year when the team knows they aren't in the playoff hunt
Mike Miller can barely walk so no he couldn't murder Wiggins. Wiggins would destroy him. You're also really underrating Wiggins shooting ability.
Other than LeBron James and Greg Oden maybe, I can't think of any high schoolers I thought for sure could start in the NBA right at that moment.
Can you think of any high schoolers you thought could start for a legit NBA team right at that moment?
Oh no, you misunderstood. I'm not saying he is better than any starting SF or SG in the league. I meant I could see him starting for the wizards to grow chemistry with the young guys. Maybe it wasn't the best example. He could start for Orlando. Not saying he is better than anybody on Orlando but he would start on that team to develop.
Well there's always the Bobcats or the Rockets....