Andrew Wiggins and Huntington Prep played four games in Ohio over the past two weeks. The Express played in Dayton at Flyin To The Hoop, visited Cincinnati for the Scholastic Play by Play Classic, and played their final two games in Canton at the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout. During Wiggins’ visit to Ohio he played some of his best basketball this season. Below is a quick look at each of the four games.
La Lumiere (IN) at Flyin To The Hoop – 46-35 Loss: In a tough loss to nationally ranked La Lumiere Wiggins posted just 11 points and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. While the aggressive defense of Ade Aruna definitely slowed Wiggins down, his own lack of assertiveness on the offensive end had just as much to do with his low scoring outing in Dayton. It was almost frustrating watching Wiggins not step up and attempt to put the team on his back in this loss.
Cincinnati Aiken (OH) at Scholastic Play by Play – 68-41 Win: Wiggins bounced back well from the loss to La Lumiere as he looked aggressive and engaged against Aiken. Huntington Prep followed Wiggins’ lead as he was in attack mode from the second the game started. With his athleticism on full display Wiggins did most of his damage in the paint scoring on put backs in half court sets and throwing down a couple big time dunks in transition. Wiggins finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Mentor (OH) at Dunk 4 Diabetes – 61-59 Win: In a close game that saw 12 lead changes, Wiggins showed that he is capable of putting Huntington on his back and leading his team to victory. In what may have been Wiggins’ best game so far this season, he posted a stat line that included 30 points on 13-21 shooting, 14 boards, and five blocks. Mentor was up by 10 points with 3:32 left in the third quarter when Wiggins absolutely took the game over. A pair of deep three pointers off the dribble showed the range that Wiggins has added to his game over the past year. When Huntington needed offense Wiggins looked comfortable in the post hitting a half hook in the paint, a fadeaway jumper off glass, and simply finishing over smaller defenders. This was the most complete game I’ve seen from Wiggins in the past two years.
Cleveland Benedictine (OH) at Dunk 4 Diabetes – 81-40 Win: Against an overmatched Benedictine team Wiggins was very active and extremely efficient. In 25 minutes of action Wiggins posted 24 points, 10 board, and 2 blocks while shooting 77% from the field. Wiggins capped his Ohio tour with a blowout victory where he once again showed that he could get it done inside and outside. Wiggins looked comfortable on the perimeter knocking down several jumpers off the dribble and finished several athletic plays around the rim as only Andrew Wiggins can.