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Andrew Christian Wiggins (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kansas before being drafted with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, making him just the second Canadian to be taken number one overall in the NBA draft. He went on to earn NBA Rookie of the Year honors for the 2014–15 season.
Wiggins was born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in nearby Thornhill, a neighbourhood of Vaughan, Ontario. He is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins, an American, and former Olympic track and field sprinter Marita Payne-Wiggins, a Canadian who is originally from Barbados. His parents met as student-athletes at Florida State University. He attended elementary school at Glen Shields Public School in Vaughan.
High school career
Wiggins attended Vaughan Secondary School in Vaughan for two years before transferring to Huntington Prep School in Huntington, West Virginia in 2011.
Wiggins had been rated as the top prospect for 2014, but announced in October 2012 that he would officially reclassify into his original high school class of 2013, and was immediately placed ahead of the previous number one prospect, Jabari Parker, by ESPN.
On February 7, 2013, after an article in Sports Illustrated criticized Canadian basketball and Wiggins' work ethic, he responded later that day, scoring 57 points in a 111–59 win over Marietta College.
Wiggins was named the 2013 Naismith Prep Player of the Year on February 25. He was named the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year on March 28 as the nation's top high school player. He was the first Canadian player to be so named. In May 2013, he was named Mr. Basketball USA. He was ranked number one high school basketball player by SLAM Magazine.
In April 2013, Wiggins played in the Jordan Brand Classic All-American game in Brooklyn. He scored 19 points and tied Julius Randle for lead scorer for the East team.
Wiggins committed to Kansas on May 14, 2013. Before the announcement, he had narrowed his choices to Florida State, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina. Wiggins joined the Kansas team on June 19, 2013.
On January 13, 2014, Wiggins scored 17 points and collected 19 rebounds in a 77–70 victory over Iowa State, becoming only the second freshman in the last 15 years (along with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) to amass those numbers in a win against a ranked opponent.
Wiggins averaged 17.1 points per game (ppg), 5.9 rebounds per game (rpg), and made 34.1% of his three-pointers in his freshman year at Kansas. On January 22, 2014, Wiggins was named a Top 25 Finalist for the John R. Wooden Men's Player of the Year award by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. On February 28, he was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for Naismith College Player of the Year.
On March 8, 2014, Wiggins scored 41 points against West Virginia, the most for a Big 12 Conference freshman since Michael Beasley scored 44 points against Baylor in 2008.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–present)
Wiggins declared for the 2014 NBA draft on March 31, 2014. He was selected first overall in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 26, 2014, becoming just the second Canadian ever picked number one in the draft, after Anthony Bennett, who had been selected first overall one year prior in the 2013 NBA draft, also by Cleveland. On July 24, Wiggins signed his rookie scale contract with the Cavaliers. On August 23, a three-team trade was completed involving the Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Philadelphia 76ers. As part of the deal, Wiggins and teammate Anthony Bennett were traded to the Wolves, along with Thaddeus Young, then of the Sixers. The Cavaliers received Kevin Love from Minnesota, whereas the Sixers received Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved from Minnesota and a 2015 first round draft pick from Cleveland. Wiggins became just the second player since the ABA–NBA merger to be drafted as the number one pick, only to be traded afterwards without playing a single game for the team he was originally selected for; Chris Webber was the first following the 1993 NBA draft.
On October 29, 2014, Wiggins made his NBA debut in the Timberwolves' season opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. In 18 minutes of action as a starter, he recorded 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist in the 101-105 loss. He went on to earn the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November 2014. Wiggins won the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for December as well after averaging 14.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. On January 31, 2015, he had a season-best game with 33 points and 4 steals in the 90-106 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On February 13, Wiggins won the Rising Stars Challenge MVP after scoring 22 points to lead Team World to a 121-112 win over Team United States. On April 30, he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2014–15 season.
Wiggins participated in the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and 2012 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship, assisting the Canadian national team's win of a bronze medal in each tournament. During the 2010 victory, Wiggins was a teammate of Anthony Bennett, the number one overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft and his current teammate on the Timberwolves. In the 2012 tournament, he led the team in scoring with 15.2 ppg, along with 7.6 rpg.
NBA career statistics
One of his older brothers, Nick, played college basketball at Wichita State, while his other older brother, Mitchell Jr., has played at Southeastern University since 2012.
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