Cavs’ Andrew Wiggins says competitive family honed his skills

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Independence, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Top 2014 NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins attributed his high level of play to his upbringing in a very athletic family, while speaking to Cleveland media Friday.

“I never used to win games when I was younger because my brothers were bigger, stronger, faster, wiser, more experienced in the game of basketball,” said Wiggins, who was the Cavaliers’ third No. 1 overall pick in four years.

Wiggins’ father, Mitchell Wiggins, spent six seasons in the NBA. His mother, Marita Payne-Wiggins, was an Olympic sprinter for Canada. Older brother Nick will be on the Sacramento Kings’ roster in the upcoming NBA Summer League.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound swingman became known as the best high school hoops player on the planet while at West Virginia’s Huntington Prep 2013. Last season he averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists as a Kansas freshman.

Wiggins could dunk by the age of 12 and was able to draw a remark from Michael Jordan that he “had something” when attended a basketball camp at 15.

Among his comments that drew a nod of approval from coach David Blatt was wanting to make the league’s All-Defensive team.

“One of Andrew’s great qualities is he can play both ends of the court,” Blatt added.

That’s one of many lessons Andrew Wiggins learned from his father.

“I don’t like when my man scores,” said Andrew Wiggins, who held opposing players last season to 38 percent shooting from the field.

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