ANDREW CHRISTIAN WIGGINS (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian
professional basketball player for the
Minnesota Timberwolves of the
National Basketball Association
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 is also a member of the Canadian national
* 1 Early life
* 2 High school career
* 3 College career
* 3.1 College statistics
* 4 Professional career
Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–present)
* 5 National team career
* 6 NBA career statistics
* 6.1 Regular season
* 7 Personal life
* 8 See also
* 9 References
* 10 External links
Wiggins was born in
Toronto and raised in the nearby Thornhill
Vaughan, Ontario . He is the son of former NBA
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.
Wiggins began playing organized basketball when he was nine, joining
an Under-10 team in Toronto. At the time, he was 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m).
He dunked a basketball for the first time when he was 13, and a year
later, he grew to 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) and shattered a glass backboard
after dunking on a rim at the Dufferin Clark Community Centre in
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Wiggins dunking in the 2013 McDonald\'s All-American Boys Game
Vaughan Secondary School in
Vaughan for his first
two years of high school. In his 2010–11 sophomore year, he led the
school's AAAA basketball team to a 44–1 record, en route to winning
the Ontario provincial championship. In the championship game, he
scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds , amid chants of
"Over-rated!" from the crowd.
In 2011, he transferred to
Huntington Prep School in Huntington, West
Virginia . During his junior season, he averaged 24.2 points, 8.5
rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. As a senior, he
averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 2.5 assists per
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
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
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
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.
US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
HIGH SCHOOL / COLLEGE
Vaughan Secondary / Huntington Prep
6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
May 14, 2013
RECRUITING STAR RATINGS : Scout : Rivals : 247Sports :
OVERALL RECRUITING RANKINGS: Scout : 1 (SF); 1 (national); 2
(school) Rivals : 1 (SF); 1 (national)
* Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and
conflict in their listings of height and weight.
* In these cases, the average was taken.
ESPN grades are on a
* "2013 Kansas
Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Archived
from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
* "2013 Kansas College
Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects".
Scout.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved
February 28, 2017.
* "Kansas Jayhawks 2013 Player Commits". ESPN.com. Archived from the
original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved
February 28, 2017.
* "2013 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
Wiggins playing for Kansas in 2014
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
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
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
Naismith College Player of the Year .
On March 8, 2014, Wiggins scored 41 points against West Virginia ,
the most for a
Big 12 Conference
Big 12 Conference freshman since
Michael Beasley scored
44 points against Baylor in 2008.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (2014–PRESENT)
LeBron James in December 2014
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,
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
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
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
NBA draft . Wiggins alters a shot from
Kyrie Irving in 2014
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 105–101 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 on 14-of-25
shooting and 4 steals in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On
February 13, Wiggins won the Rising Stars Challenge MVP after scoring
22 points for Team World in a 121–112 win over Team United States.
On April 30, he was named the Rookie of the Year for the 2014–15
On October 21, 2015, the Timberwolves exercised their third-year team
option on Wiggins' rookie scale contract, extending the contract
through the 2016–17 season. On November 7, 2015, he scored a
game-high 31 points in a 102–93 overtime win over the Chicago Bulls.
Two days later, he tied his career high of 33 points in a 117–107
win over the Atlanta Hawks, marking the first time scoring
back-to-back 30-point games in his career. On December 18, he
recorded 32 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a 99–95 win over
the Sacramento Kings, joining
LeBron James ,
Kevin Durant and Tobias
Harris as the only players 20 or younger to record at least 30 points,
10 boards and five assists in a game since 2000. On January 8, 2016,
he scored a then career-high 35 points in a loss to the Cleveland
On October 24, 2016, the Timberwolves exercised their fourth-year
team option on Wiggins' rookie scale contract, extending the contract
through the 2017–18 season. On November 8, 2016, he scored a
career-high 36 points and hit a career-best six three-pointers in a
119–110 loss to the
Brooklyn Nets. Five days later, he set a new
career high with 47 points in a 125–99 win over the Los Angeles
Lakers, becoming the first Canadian-born player to score 40+ points in
an NBA game. On February 14, 2017, he had a 41-point effort in a
116–108 loss to Cleveland. The following day, he scored 40 points
in a 112–99 win over the
Denver Nuggets , becoming just the second
Minnesota player to record back-to-back 40-point games. On February
24, 2017, he scored 27 points in a 97–84 win over the Dallas
Mavericks , topping 20 points for the 16th straight game, tying a
NATIONAL TEAM CAREER
Wiggins participated in the 2010
FIBA Under-17 World Championship and
FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship
FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship , helping the Canadian junior
national team win a bronze medal in each tournament. During the 2010
tournament, Wiggins was a teammate of Anthony Bennett , the number one
overall pick in the 2013
NBA draft and his former teammate on the
Timberwolves. In the 2012 tournament, he led the team in scoring with
15.2 ppg, along with 7.6 rpg.
On August 20, 2015, Wiggins was named on the Canadian national team
roster for the 2015
FIBA Americas Championship
FIBA Americas Championship , a qualifying
tournament for the
2016 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics . Wiggins helped Canada win
the bronze medal; he led the team in scoring with 15.1 ppg and was
named on the tournament's All-Star Five team.
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
Wiggins has two older brothers. His middle brother, Nick , played
college basketball at
Vincennes University ,
Wabash Valley College ,
and Wichita State University , and his oldest brother, Mitchell Jr.,
Hillsborough Community College and Southeastern University .
He also has three sisters: Stephanie, Angelica, and Taya.
National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association portal
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National Basketball Association
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stat line that read 16.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1 spg, with 44
percent shooting from the field and a "mere" 41 made three-pointers
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