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Andrew Wiggins of Huntington Prep now has a day named after him in the West Virginia city.

Andrew Wiggins will likely never forget this week.

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound senior superstar was named Gatorade National High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Mayor Steve Williams declared Thursday "Andrew Wiggins Day" in Huntington, W.Va.

Wiggins, a native of Toronto, Canada, led Huntington Prep (Huntington, W. Va.) to a 30-3 record this year while averaging 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists. He carries a 3.31 GPA and still has yet to choose from among Kentucky, Kansas, Florida State and North Carolina.

After the surprise trophy presentation by former NBA star Alonzo Mourning, Wiggins told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, "It was just one of those moments that you don't forget ... It doesn't matter where you are from or where you live or how you live, if you have talent and you can do well in school, the sky is the limit ... Just to know my name is on the list with some of the best to play the game - some of the best athletes in the world right now - I'm honored."

Mourning told the newspaper, "I think the sky is the limit for his potential. Obviously, when you look at his size and his length, you can think of individuals like a LeBron James, a Carmelo Anthony. You can see the skill level that he has and the unselfishness he has as a player. You can tell he's going to be an immediate impact player at the collegiate level. I'm excited to see his career blossom as a player."