Tuesday's brief ceremony ended the frenzied pursuit of Wiggins, who averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season.
Rather than turn his announcement into a spectacle, Wiggins wanted a private signing ceremony where he attends classes at St. Joseph's Central Catholic High School in Huntington.
"I didn't really want to open it up to the public,'' he said. "I knew it would be jam-packed in here. I wanted people who appreciated me and people I appreciate to be here watching me. I wanted a lot of people I knew.''
Initially rated as a 2014 prospect, Wiggins shot to the top of recruiting charts when he decided last October to reclassify into his original high school class of 2013. The four major recruiting services rated Wiggins as the No. 1 overall recruit.
Interest grew in recent weeks. As one fan put told Wiggins in a Twitter post, "You're driving 4 schools and 4 fan bases absolutely insane.''
Wiggins had kept quiet on his intentions. He had yet to even make a verbal commitment and delayed his signing until almost the very end - today is the deadline for recruits to sign with NCAA Division I schools.
"This is the way I like it to be done - on my own time,'' he said. "I've got a weight lifted off my shoulders. I can relax now.''
Self said Wiggins "did exactly what we said he was going to do. He told us he was going to take his time. He was going to process everything. So him taking his time wasn't a shock. I thought it was a classy, cool way to do it, when kids are seeking more attention these days.''
Wiggins' game did the talking. He has the ability to make shots from all angles and distances, blow past defenders to the basket and reach the rim at eye level. Wiggins was the recipient of this year's Gatorade Boys National Basketball Player of the Year and Naismith Foundation national awards. He has been called the best prep prospect since LeBron James.
"I'm hearing the LeBron comparison and I saw LeBron play some high school, and I'm not sure that's a fair comparison to anyone,'' Self said. "But from a pure athletic ability, he [Wiggins] is one of the most pure athletes the college game has had for a while.''
Wiggins participated in several postseason all-star games, most recently playing for the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit April 20 in Portland, Ore.
Wiggins cited fatigue from the Oregon trip for canceling scheduled visits from Self, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Florida State's Leonard Hamilton. Wiggins instead talked to them by phone. Kentucky coach John Calipari had visited Wiggins in Huntington on March 28.
"When he announced it, it wasn't the one I thought he would pick,'' said Wiggins' high school coach, Rob Fulford, who felt the player would choose Florida State. "But I wasn't surprised. All four have advantages over the others in some way.''
Wiggins said he planned to relax at home and train with his brothers and some friends during the next few months. Self said he's not sure when Wiggins will arrive in Lawrence because of the possibility of Wiggins' involvement in some Canadian national teams over the summer.