The Grady Nutt Athletic Center was completely full last night when Andrew Wiggins and Huntington Prep made the trek into the Appalachian Mountains to face Alice Lloyd College’s JV team. Throngs of students and UK fans packed the 1500 seat gym to catch a glimpse of prized Kentucky recruit Wiggins and his teammates. Alice Lloyd put up a fight early, but the Eagles were quickly overwhelmed by the athleticism and depth that Huntington Prep brings to the table.
The fans cheered for Wiggins as if he were already one of their own. Wiggins seemed to feed off the crowd’s enthusiasm as he put on a dunk contest worthy high wire act during warm ups. Unfortunately for Alice Lloyd defenders Andrew Wiggins was firing on all cylinders. He finished everything around the rim with a dunk, showed improved ball handling skills, and knocked down a couple threes when Alice Lloyd went into a two three zone on defense.
Florida State commit Xavier Rathan Mayes was also very impressive in the scrimmage. Xavier hit his stride early knocking down open three pointers when the defense sagged off him. Once he got his jumper going Xavier was virtually unstoppable, hitting shots in the post and keeping defenders off balance with a mixture of dribble moves and pump fakes. Point guard Travon Landry got into the lane and finished with several nice floaters and Moses Kingsley added powerful finishes to Huntington’s offensive arsenal.
After the game fans at Alice Lloyd met with Huntington Prep players for a photo op and autograph signings. Kentucky fans who ventured to Alice Lloyd can only hope that Andrew Wiggins will be playing in Lexington next season.