Top recruit earns game MVP at Hoopfest, UK fans chant “We want Wiggins”

Andrew Wiggins takes game MVP honors as Huntington Prep defeat East Memphis 76-59 at Hoopfest in Benton, KY., on Friday November 30, 2012. Photo by Tom Hurley | Staff

By Tom Hurley | @TomHurleyKernel

thurley@kykernel.com

BENTON, Ky. – Top recruit in the class of 2013, Andrew Wiggins, drew a big UK crowd to Marshall County Friday as he earned MVP honors in his first game of Hoopfest 2012.

The Canadian forward was cheered by many packed into the high school gym wearing the blue and white of UK as his Huntington Prep, W. Va., high school defeated Memphis East, Tenn., 76-59.

Wiggins finished the game with 29 points, 17 rebounds and five assists, with no turnovers.

Chants including, “We Want Wiggins,” and “Go Big Blue,” came from the stands in the fourth quarter as the Canadian put the finishing touches on a double-double performance.

UK fans in attendanced gave Wiggins a standing ovation as he was taken out of the game in the closing stages.

His MVP presentation included being presented with a t-shirt from the tournament sponsors, meaning the number one high school player in the nation walked off the court with the shirt on his back reading “Kentucky.”

Next in action at the two day tournament is Cliff Alexander of the class of 2014, playing for Curie High School of Chicago against Oak Hill Academy.

Later in the evening UK commits Andrew and Aaron Harrison are in action for their Texas high school, Fort Bend Travis, up against Ballard of Louisville.