Posted May 14, 2013

Andrew Wiggins chooses Kansas. Let the discussions begin!

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Andrew Wiggins selected Kansas over other contenders like North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida State. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

Andrew Wiggins selected Kansas over other contenders like North Carolina, Kentucky and Florida State. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

Mega-recruit Andrew Wiggins, arguably the best prep prospect since LeBron James, announced on Tuesday that he will be attending Kansas. Wiggins, the final player in ESPNU’s top-100 rankings to select a school, chose the Jayhawks over Kentucky, North Carolina and his parents’ alma mater, Florida State.

Wiggins’ decision immediately elevates the Jayhawks to serious Final Four contender status, despite losing every starter from last season’s team. Wiggins slots in perfectly at the small forward spot and should be the team’s lead option from the get-go, despite having other talented returnees around him and some really good other freshmen coming in, as well.

Wiggins’ announcement process has been as unique as well, waiting well into the spring signing period to decide and then not making a giant spectacle of the decision, electing to announce it at his prep school in front of family, friends and classmates, with only local media member Grant Traylor invited to observe.

Now that he has made his decision, we pretty much have all the information we need to start fully speculating about the forthcoming season. It’s a celebratory day in Lawrence, and now we can start thinking about all the juicy matchups that will come soon enough.

16 comments
tommyr
tommyr

I would like to see SI do an article on these non-school teams with big time schedules and bigger benefits--ala Huntingdon Prep, the Findlay Prep, and others around the nation.  Who funds these teams, Nike and maybe other shoe companies? 

mjlein
mjlein

He is completely ignoring his obligation to society.  He should join the international fleet now while there's still a chance!  What will we do when the buggers come back?

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

So now the real question: What NBA team makes a mockery of the draft by intentionally tanking their season with the hopes of picking him first?

ckuzbek
ckuzbek

The only school with lower academic standards is Florida.

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Anyone who watched the MacDonalds All-Star game knows that this #1 recruit nonsense is laughable.  And the "Michael Jordan of Canada"?  Please.

He's good, but Aaron Gordon was far better.  At least the kid showed the good sense not to bother with the Kentucky train-wreck.

Kansas has been on probation in a long time, which of course John Calipari cannot say....


John226
John226

This kid seems like a stand up guy by keeping the media away today. I'm excited to have him in Lawrence!


Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Cool
Cool

Well Kansas has one year to get the title and then it's back to the drawing board. I really don't understand this little game the NBA is playing, making a talented kid sit in a classroom for a year before they allow him to play.  Don't get me wrong, I wish every kid went to college, but lets face it, a year really doesn't do much.

Huffy1680
Huffy1680

Right just like all the other one and dones who were suppose to elevate teams to Final Four status we'll see what he does in March and then what he does next year in the NBA. Some of the last couple aren't exactly lighting it up in the NBA.


D.1
D.1

@ckuzbek Spoken like a true FSU fan who's not aware of where Florida's ranked as far as 'Best Schools' are concerned. 

jaw762
jaw762

Than KU? Really? KU consistently has among the highest academic progress rankings in college sports. The APR field of 68 has been won by KU at least once in the last few years. I think you have no idea of what you're talking.

doghockey
doghockey

@DavidHarte John Calipari can absolutely say that he has not been on probation, while the Kansas hoops programs was on probation as recently as 2009.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

@Cool Totally agree. The one-and-done rule is a joke. There needs to be some sort of assessment committee. If a high school kid wants to enter the NBA, they need to go to a camp. If the scouts feel like they are ready, let them go. If not, they have to go to college at least two years. This will get them some seasoning before heading to the pros.

Mark4
Mark4

@Cool Too many kids were coming into the league with any idea of how to set or utilize a screen, shoot a functional jumper, or even play fundamental defense with coverage rotations.  In HS, they can overwhelm with their physical prowess, but in the NBA, they are lost, because they can no longer do so.  Even that one year can give them a basic skill set so that they won't fail out of the box when the get to The Show.

Huffy1680
Huffy1680

@Cool More like 1Quarter or Sem. to be eligible to play in March.

Cool
Cool

@Huffy1680 @Cool  Good point!  I just hope he can pass basket weaving, I hear it is a tough one.  lol