LOS ANGELES — Andrew Wiggins, headed to Kansas as one of the nation’s most highly recruited basketball players, was honored as national prep athlete of the year on Tuesday night.
Wiggins averaged a double-double in 25 minutes per game at Huntington St. Joseph’s Prep in West Virginia. The Toronto native has been a fixture on Canada’s junior national team.
He received the silver trophy from Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George, San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers and Olympic medal-winning sprinter Bryshon Nellum.
“It’s just a blessing,” Wiggins said after the presentation in Hollywood. “I kind of don’t realize at first it’s such a big deal. I think it will hit me more afterward.”
Wiggins joined such storied past winners as LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Kevin Love. Wiggins said his goal has been to play in the NBA “ever since I was on earth.”
Morgan Andrews was chosen the top girls athlete. She became just the second soccer player to win the national award in its 11-year history. The forward from Milford (N.H.) High scored 31 goals and had 18 assists while leading her team to a 16-3-1 record and the Division II state title. Andrews, who will play at Notre Dame, was captain of the national Under-17 women’s team last year. She’s also an All-State placekicker for her school’s football team.
The winners were chosen by a nationwide panel of sports experts who took into account individual accomplishments during the academic year, athletic, academic and character excellence, impact on their team’s success and their achievements during their prep career.
The awards are sponsored by Gatorade.