NCAA Basketball Picks: Kansas Jayhawks & Wiggins Preview

Joe Catalano

Saturday, June 1, 2013 5:09 PM GMT

The Andrew Wiggins saga has finally ended as he’s decided to attend the University of Kansas.

This isn’t any average recruit, Wiggins is already projected to be the #1 choice in the 2014 NBA Draft after his 1 year stay at Kansas. Is he the next Lebron James?

“I’m Taking My Talents to Lawrence, Kansas”

Kentucky was thought of as the frontrunner as they are with most top recruits who look to play one season and then make the jump into the NBA. Kansas flew under the radar and grew on Wiggins as he discovered without Jeff Withey and Ben McLemore, he’d be the go to guy immediately. It also helped that he loved the campus and his brother Nick plays at nearby Wichita State.

The acquisition of Wiggins will immediately put Kansas from a rebuilding boarderline top-25 team to a possible #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Next LBJ or Magic?

Wiggins fits into that mold as he stands at 6 foot 8 and can play multiple positions. He can do it all. Wiggins excels at knocking down the outside and mid-range shots while being able to penetrate to the hole with the ferocity of a player of the caliber of Lebron James.

Two Way Player

Wiggins is also a lockdown defensive player that can play any position and is said to possibly have the potential to be the best defender in the country. We’ve seen Lebron James be a one man show on the professional level. Barring injury, it’s speculated that Andrew Wiggins will be the equivalent on the collegiate level.

It will be interesting to see how national powerhouses like Louisville and Duke guard this one man show. You can definitely expect double and possible triple teaming if need be.

Background

Wiggins is the son of former NBA Player, Mitchell Wiggins and his mother is a former Olympian in track from Canada. He was born in Toronto, Canada and averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in his senior season at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.

The Spotlight Is On

Wiggins has gotten advice from some of the greats of the game such as Michael Jordan, Lebron James,  Kevin Durant, and Ray Allen.

Can He Live Up to the Hype?

Most players that get this kind of press actually live up to the hype. I can remember players like Alonzo Mourning and of course Lebron James getting this type of attention coming out of high school. Kenny Anderson is another high school player that comes to mind coming out of the famed Archbishop Molloy. Anderson didn’t quite meet expectations, but carved out a solid career for himself.

Allen Fieldhouse will be rocking this year as the Kansas Jayhawks become a major contender for the NCAA Title and Andrew Wiggins begins his journey on being the newest superstar in the sport of basketball.

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