From LeBron to Wiggins ... and everyone in between

  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall men’s basketball recruit in the high school Class of 2013, is set to make his college choice Tuesday — picking between Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State.

Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall men’s basketball recruit in the high school Class of 2013, is set to make his college choice Tuesday — picking between Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State. Wiggins has been called the top recruit since LeBron James, the consensus top high schooler in 2003. In honor of that 10-year span, we’re taking a look at the other nine players from 2004 to 2012 to hold the designation as the Rivals.com No. 1 overall recruit:

• 2004: Dwight Howard. This one was pretty well spot-on. Despite Howard’s troubles with the Lakers this year, he’s been a dominant big man on both ends of the court. Did you know: Sebastian Telfair, ex-Wolves guard, was No. 6 on that list.

• 2005: Gerald Green. He has played for six NBA teams, including the Timberwolves, finding a home as a rotation player but not a superstar this year with Indiana.

• 2006: Greg Oden. This was when he was healthy and dominant. His NBA career didn’t work out that way. Just as it was in the draft, Oden was No. 1 and Kevin Durant was No. 2 on the high school list. Also: Chase Budinger was No. 4 and Wayne Ellington was No. 8.

• 2007: Michael Beasley. Yes, there was a time when Beasley was regarded as the best player in the country for his age. Kevin Love was No. 6.

• 2008: Byron Mullens. The seven-footer averaged 8.8 ppg in one year at Ohio State, bolted for the NBA, was a late first-round pick and is now showing some promise for Charlotte.

• 2009: John Wall. He went No. 1 overall to the Wizards in 2010 after one season at Kentucky. There’s no denying the point guard’s talent. Also that year: Royce White was No. 19.

• 2010: Josh Selby. He ended the 2012-13 season playing for the Maine Red Claws of the NBDL, which is not the career arc most would have imagined.

• 2011: Austin Rivers. The guard played a year at Duke and then was taken No. 10 overall by New Orleans in the 2012 draft. He averaged 6.2 ppg as a rookie.

• 2012: Shabazz Muhammad: Played a year at UCLA — ousted by the Gophers in the first round of the NCAA tournament — and is projected to be a lottery pick in this year’s NBA draft.

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  • LeBron James, left, was the country’s best high school player in 2003 while playing at Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary. Andrew Wiggins, right, is a 6-8 Canadian forward playing for Huntington (W.Va.) Prep and will announce his college choice Tuesday. The No. 1 recruits in between have gone on to stardom — and obscurity.

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