Nike Hoop Summit Scouting Reports: Wings April 24, 2013 Jonathan Givony
Andrew Wiggins had somewhat of a quiet showing on the all-star circuit over the past three weeks, not really dominating the competition the way some might expect considering some of the accolades he's garnered. That might be somewhat by design, though, as from watching him closely and interacting with him, it's difficult not to feel like he's deeply fatigued from the three weeks he spent on the road as well as the incredible circus that has surrounded his college recruitment the past few months. Any scout evaluating him for the first time probably didn't come away thinking he's the NBA franchise changer he's been billed as, but that's not really that much of a concern considering he's still at least 14 months away from having to fill that role.
Watching him practice and play in Portland, Wiggins' talent shined through regardless of how motivated he felt to prove himself at any given moment. He measured an inch taller (6-8) and longer (7-0) than he did last year in Portland, although he hasn't added a single pound to his frame since then, and he's still one of the best athletes you'll find in the world outside of the NBA. Wiggins has the ability to create his own shot at will with an array of jukes, shakes, hesitation moves and amazing body control, even if his ball-handling skills in the half-court still haven't quite caught up. He's dynamite in transition and very capable of finishing effectively in the half-court as well since he can simply rise up over the top of the defense and wait until traffic has subsided before elegantly laying the ball in.
His perimeter shooting is getting more and more consistent as time goes on, as his mechanics have improved and most importantly his release point is getting higher and quicker. His pull-up jumper is becoming a more dangerous weapon as well, aided greatly by the fact that he can simply rise up on a dime and elevate over defenders before throwing the ball in the basket. The touch he shows on his jump-shot leaves a lot of room for optimism regarding how he'll develop in this area down the road.
Not a selfish player by any means, Wiggins looked more than happy creating for others over the course of the week, seemingly taking pleasure in taking the attention off him for once.
Defensively, Wiggins has all the tools to be a menace at his position, with his long arms, excellent size and terrific athleticism, but didn't seem to put all that great of an effort in at most of the events we've seen him at over the past year. He rarely gets into a stance and seems pretty non-chalant in his overall approach, but that likely has more to do with the settings he's played in and what's being demanded of him more than anything.
All in all, nothing Wiggins has shown on the court leads us to believe there is a better NBA prospect anywhere in high school basketball. There may be some concerns about whether he has the mental makeup and killer instinct needed to (want to) be the go-to star his talent indicates, but it will be much easier to draw further conclusions about that at the college level than right now. [Read Full Article] 2013 Hoop Summit World Select Team Measurements April 16, 2013 Andrew Wiggins
Height w/Shoes: 6'8
Wingspan: 7'0 [Read Full Article]
Nike Hoop Summit Scouting Reports: Wing Players April 10, 2012
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The youngest player at the Nike Hoop Summit, having just turned 17 two months ago, Andrew Wiggins had an incredible week in Portland, showing he's one of the most talented prospects in the world currently outside the NBA.
Measuring 6-7, with a 6-11 wingspan and a terrific frame for a prospect his age, Wiggins clearly has ideal physical tools for a NBA wing. He's a fluid and explosive athlete on top of that, capable of getting to wherever he wants on the floor with his excellent first step and strong leaping ability.
While not yet a dynamic ball-handler in the half-court, Wiggins is a very effective shot-creator thanks to his terrific quickness and scoring instincts. He uses crafty jukes and hesitation moves to get his man off balance and then blow by him, where he can finish above the rim in highlight reel fashion. He's primarily a right-handed driver at this stage, still needing to improve his overall ball-handling skills and ability to play at different speeds, which is normal considering his age. With his size, strength and budding talent, he looks to have outstanding potential in this area, particularly operating in transition.
Wiggins is also a capable shooter, despite possessing somewhat unorthodox mechanics on his jumper, with a low release point. Although streaky at times, he showed the ability to make shots from all over the floor with a compact, consistent motion, and should be able to raise his release as time goes by without too much of a problem.
Defensively, Wiggins has all the tools to be a game-changing presence, with his terrific size, length, frame and quickness. He makes plays on a regular basis here, be it getting in the passing lanes, blocking shots or smothering opponents on the perimeter with his long arms and huge hands. Like many young players, he's a bit naïve at times on this end of the floor, as it's clear he still lacks significant experience here. With added maturity and good coaching, Wiggins has the potential to be a lock-down defender guarding either wing position.
The son of a former NBA first round draft pick, Mitchell Wiggins, and a former track and field Olympian silver-medalist, Marita Payne-Wiggins, Andrew obviously has genetics working in his favor. He has consistently continued to improve every time we've seen him since he was just 15 years old, which combined with his humble off-court disposition, is a great sign for his future. As long as he keeps his head on straight—something that many not be easy with all the attention that will be coming his way--and continues to improve on his weaknesses, the sky is the limit for Wiggins as a basketball prospect. As a high school sophomore, he currently isn't eligible to be drafted until 2015, but should be able to speed up that process by reclassifying to the class of 2013.
Jordan Brand Classic International Game: Top Prospects April 20, 2011 Jonathan Givony
Andrew Wiggins was the top overall prospect at this event, and possibly in all of North America for his age group. This week provided an interesting opportunity to (again) evaluate him at an early stage in his development.
Wiggins has terrific physical attributes for a 16 year old, standing 6-7 with a great frame and smooth athleticism. He has the look of a top-shelf prospect, even if his skill-level is still catching up to his physical tools (as one would expect considering his age).
Wiggins is currently at his best in transition. He has the ability to get to the rim effortlessly and finishes with excellent extension around the basket, sometimes using his body to shield opponents. He makes plays that other players his age simply can't make thanks to his athleticism. He regularly goes out of his area for rebounds and plays in the passing lanes. He plays with intensity.
In the half-court, Wiggins is still a work in progress. He has average ball-handling skills and is a streaky overall shooter, even though it's clear that he's improved his jumper since the last time we saw him. To his credit, he doesn't force the issue very much and has a nice feel for the game.
Defensively, Wiggins has outstanding physical attributes and shows a solid commitment to making his presence felt. He has the size and strength to defend most big men and the length and athleticism to stay in front of perimeter players - something that is a huge advantage at this level.
He was impressive in the game itself as well, scoring 21 points on 9-16 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds, which proves the hype around him is clearly not unfounded.
Wiggins obviously has a long ways to go, but there's plenty to be optimistic about moving forward if he continues to work hard and stays humble. [Read Full Article] FIBA U-17 World Championships: Top International Prospects August 7, 2010 Far and away the youngest player at this tournament at just 15 years old, Canadian Andrew Wiggings nevertheless found a way to help his team in Hamburg and earned himself a solid amount of playing time in turn.
Standing around 6-6 with an amazing frame, long arms and superb athletic ability, Wiggins has all the physical characteristics needed to develop into a big time prospect down the road. His value at the moment lies mostly on the defensive end, where he shows excellent timing and intensity and was able to make a major impact. He blocked a good amount of shots at this tournament and altered plenty more with his terrific length. He displays the type of instincts and patience that could make him a lockdown defender and a coveted prospect down the road, regardless of how quickly his offense develops.
Skill-wise, Wiggins is quite limited (as you might expect considering his age). He shows very little in the way of shooting range and displays poor mechanics on top of that, releasing the ball from the side of his head. His ball-handling skills are a work in progress, even if he did drop some extremely impressive glimpses of potential from time to time, beating his man to the basket with a terrific first step, then elevating and hanging well above the rim for an awesome finish. Even more impressive than that was the maturity and composure Wiggins showed at such a young age. He didn't force the issue in the slightest, making some nice passes and looking like a very good teammate. He was willing to contribute in whatever way he was asked to.
Wiggins is still in a very early stage of his development and clearly has a long path ahead of him, but he's off to a great start and will be in excellent shape as long as he doesn't let the attention he's garnering get to his head. [Read Full Article]