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Back to School: Andrew Wiggins was the greatest Canadian high school prospect ever

As the new school year approaches, we're rewinding things with Back to School Week! This week, we'll take a look back at the amateur years of some of the biggest stars to suit up for the Raptors or hail from Canada.

Andrew Wiggins wasn't the first Canadian to be selected with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft - that honour went to Anthony Bennett - but he became the first athlete from his country to do something else in 2013.

Following his senior year of high school at Huntington Prep, Wiggins became the first Canadian to be recognized as the Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year. Wiggins joined basketball royalty in winning the award, rubbing shoulders with the likes of LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2004) and Kevin Love (2007).

It's something Wiggins had his eye on, too.

"It feels pretty good to know I'm the first Canadian to get this, so it's really big for my country," Wiggins told NBC Sports at the time. "I really wanted to win it."

MORE: Is Wiggins due for a breakout season?

Wiggins was an absolute force in high school, with averages of 23.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.4 steals per game in his final year. Named Mr. Basketball USA and the Naismith Prep Player of the Year, the Toronto native was widely considered to be the No. 1 prospect in the United States heading into his freshman season at Kansas.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has seen his senior year mixtape on YouTube that has almost seven million views.

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