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November 30, 2012
Weekend preview: Spotlight on Wiggins
The weekend is here and Rivals.com will be attending two major high school basketball events. National basketball analyst Eric Bossi is headed to Chicago for the Chicago Elite Classic while contributor Corey Albertson will be in Benton, Kentucky for the Marshall County Hoopfest. Here's a look at a few of the storylines that we'll be watching.
What's up with Wiggins?
At the Marshall County Hoopfest we'll get two opportunities to watch Huntington
(W.V.) Prep against very good high school competition from the Memphis area.
They take on Memphis East featuring Memphis commit Nick King
on Friday and on Saturday they'll tussle with Memphis bound
Austin Nichols and Briarcrst Christian.
Is Okafor ready to handle the No. 1 spot?
When Wiggins made the move to 2013, Jahlil Okafor of Chicago (Ill.)
Whitney Young moved into the No. 1 spot in the class of 2014. Now, it's time to
see how much of a lock the big man from the Windy City has on that spot because
he's going to be tested playing against four-star senior and N.C. State
pledge BeeJay Anya of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha.
Can Bates-Diop close the gap?
Based on our current rankings, recent Ohio State commitment
Keita Bates-Diop is the No. 20 player in the class of 2014. In the state of
Illinois that puts him behind the above mentioned Okafor and
Cliff Alexander, who checks in at No. 4 nationally.
Plenty of other talent to choose from
Both the Chicago Elite Classic and Marshall County Hoopfest have plenty of
talent in addition to the guys we've highlighted. At Marshall County we'll also
be closely eyeing a trio of Kentucky commits in Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison and
Derek Willis. Oak Hill will
be on hand with four-stars
Nate Britt and
Ikenna Iroegbu and we'll also get a look at
Memphis (Tenn.) Southwind's four-star seniors Johnathan Williams III
and Jajuan Johnson.