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As I was covering the first game of the series between Team Canada vs Team Jamaica, I saw a familiar face in attendance as a spectator.
Future college, NBA, and Team Canada star Andrew Wiggins was on hand with his family to show his support and observe the team’s style of play.
Honestly, not many people recognized him as he’s still a new face for many, but soon enough will be a household name. I spotted him right away as he was walking towards his seats – he wore a long sleeve green-ish sweater, along with a Chicago White Sox baseball cap.
As he walked by the aisle, I said “Andrew, best of luck with your school and basketball.” Andrew replied “Thanks man! I appreciate it”. Then, I offered to high five him and he had a smile on his face. He seemed like a down-to-earth kid, just like any normal teenager, enjoying the quality time with his family and watching a game of basketball.
One funny note – as his family found their seats near the baseline, a few minutes later, 2 little kids tapped Andrew’s shoulders and showed them their tickets. Apparently, Andrew and co. sat in the wrong seats! Even if he is a future NBA star, there was still no exception made. Evidently, the kids didn’t recognize Wiggins. Props to him for not throwing the “Do you know who I am?” card. Instead, the whole family moved to another spot to watch the game.
Another funny moment popped up when Andrew decided to grab a bite. Just like everyone else, he walked up to the second level and lined up to order hot dogs and nachos. He was surrounded by the crowd, but the they gave Andrew space. Some shook his hand and chatted him up a bit, but otherwise, they let Andrew enjoy his time.
How often you got to see a star get into the normal crowd, waiting in line and order their own food? This was a rare moment and when he becomes a superstar, he definitely not need lineup to get his own food. There will be VIP rooms and special servers, so being able to see him up close was a great opportunity.
Best of luck to Andrew Wiggins.