Editor's note: Every week in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the watercooler conversations around the office.
This week's edition of Starting 5, which marks a move to Tuesday throughout the busy spring and summer seasons, includes a look at why Andrew Wiggins canceled his in-home visits this week, why old-school positions may be a thing of the past, which best-available 2013 recruit is announcing on Wednesday, an introduction to freshman Braxton Blackwell and final thoughts on Team USA at the Nike Hoop Summit.
1. Revisiting the Wiggins canceled visits
On Saturday, uncommitted No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the World team defeat the U.S. squad for the second consecutive year at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. The week before he played in the Jordan Brand Classic in New York City and the week before that it was the McDonald's All American Game in Chicago.
For Wiggins, who goes to school in Huntington, W.Va., all of those games required advance practices, travel and multiple days away from home. Not only is the young man physically fatigued at this point, he has to be mentally drained as well.
At his first stop, McDonald's, you could tell he'd had enough of the attention regarding his college decision. Three weeks later there's another sign.