It has been a great pleasure to follow the progress of Andrew Wiggins since his days in Canada at Vaughan Secondary years back. In this country, he was the big man on campus…in America, nothing has changed.

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Wiggins is undoubtedly the number one player in the world on the high school level, and could quite possibly be the best player not in the NBA…he is that good.

Andrew Wiggins of Huntington Prep sends a message | Courtesy: Randy Snyder, USA Today

Want to know the scary part? The best is yet to come.

In basketball circles, the consistent knock that I hear on the 6’8 swing man has been “poor body language” or a lack of consistent intensity. Truth be told, you cannot hold this to a high school player that is dominating his competition. Simply put, he is bored and needs to be tested.

Last summer at Peach Jam in Georgia, for the first time ever, I witnessed Wiggins play with a fire that has never been seen from him before and the test came in the form of highly ranked Julius Randle — a monster in his own right.

It was the best amateur live game that I’ve EVER watched, an electric atmosphere with standing room only. Every high major college coach was in attendance and media swarmed for seats in anticipation for the showdown of the summer — Andrew Wiggins VS Julius Randle.

The result?

Wiggins ended with 28 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks and the overtime victory, against Randle’s 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists.

Now to speak on the present. Andrew Wiggins EXPLODES for 57 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blks, 2 stl on 24/28 FG in a Huntington victory over Marietta College JV team. This time there was no Julius Randle or any highly ranked opponents…this time it was a test from the media.

In an article written earlier in the day, shots were taken at “The Canadian Jordan” as he was referred to.

“He was 100 percent pissed at the SI article degrading former players from Canada, his family and him personally,” Huntington Head Coach Rob Fulford told

This report resulted in a Wiggins eruption, something he is capable of doing on a consistent basis (to some degree).

Such a major talent will have many obstacles in his career, and as his name continues to be magnified, so does his performance.

All the greats have been tested…from Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant to Lebron James; all have answered.

Wiggins answered tonight.

Tariq Sbiet

Written by Tariq Sbiet

NPH National Scout, tracking Canada's TOP prospects from high school to the NBA. With a genuine passion for the game, you will find Sbiet in the bleachers of most major tournaments and events across Canada & the United States -- Discovering talent from coast-to-coast, while absorbing knowledge at every opportunity. Sbiet has covered the game at every level, combining a basketball and media background with a degree in Media & Journalism from the University of Guelph-Humber. *Inspiration is the spark plug to success*


3 thoughts on “Andrew Wiggins EXPLODES for 57 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blks, 2 stl…Message Sent.

  1. Rob East says:

    Well written Tariq. And to Andrew, as a coach to a player and Canadian to Canadian, thank you for standing up for us “way” up here in Canada. The US doesn’t want to admit that Canada has elevated it skill level as a whole. Just ask Nike Canada and they will tell you how we are doing.

  2. The Rothchilds says:

    he got 28 that game. hate to be a fact checker, but if you’re hyping him in an article, don’t undermine a performance at the same time. your better than that.

    1. Tariq Sbiet Tariq Sbiet says:

      Hi Rothchilds, you are correct, appreciate the update. That’s my mistake, especially when it says 28 in the hyperlinked article as well. Thanks again!

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