The Huntington Prep Express stayed undefeated on the season with wins over Walnut Hills and Arlington Country Day in large part to Kentucky recruit Andrew Wiggins.
Friday night Andrew Wiggins used a hostile Walnut Hills crowd to motivate his play.
Having been sick all week, Huntington Prep Academy boys basketball player Andrew Wiggins was looking for the right dose of medicine to get him through this weekend’s games in the Boyd County Roundball Classic.
It turned out the right medicine came from an unlikely source — the Walnut Hills contingent of the crowd.
As the 300 students from Walnut Hills began taunting the nation’s top-rated player with “overrated” and “U-S-A”, the Canadian elevated his game and finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead Huntington Prep to a 61-54 win over the Cincinnati school in front of 3,000 fans during the first day’s final game at Boyd County Middle School.
“That motivates me to play better and that’s what happened,” Wiggins said. “As soon as they started talking, that’s when I started playing better — hitting my shots and everything. Them getting involved was bad for their team.”
Saturday night, Wiggins led the Express with 21 points and 11 rebounds as Huntington Prep used defense for their 55-35 win.
Wiggins said the defense is one of the best traits of the team.
“We play defense on the perimeter and we have two shot-blockers in the paint,” Wiggins said. “We don’t try to force them into the lane, but if they get into the lane, then we have them behind us.”
Here are highlights of Wiggins 21 point performance:
This being the last games Andrew Wiggins plays in Kentucky this season, he enjoyed some nice performances in the 5 game Kentucky trek. He averaged 24.8 points and 11.6 rebounds in the five games he played in the state this season.(Hat Tip to Ben Roberts for stat)