Oh sure, call it premature — Andrew Wiggins should be one-and-done at the collegiate level and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Given Wiggins’ hype and his overall comparison as the top high school prospect since LeBron James in 2003 — that prediction is about as obvious as the sky being blue.
However, let’s be serious — is there any doubt about it really?
Wiggins is a true talent and one that doesn’t come around very often. An original member of the class of 2014, Wiggins reclassified to 2013 and instantly became the top name and the top target within the senior group. On Tuesday afternoon, he told the world that he was heading to play for Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks next season.
Instant analysis is simple — Wiggins is a major boost for the Jayhawks and their expectations of reaching the Final Four and potentially winning a National Championship in 2014 are at the forefront. Kansas now boasts two top ten prospects from the class of 2013 and three of the top 14 overall. Add in the return of Naadir Tharpe in the back court and the budding sophomore potential of power forward Perry Ellis and you can see why the Jayhawks have top five expectations for next season.
Regardless of those expectations however, or regardless of even how far the Jayhawks will go next March, Wiggins will be entering the 2014 NBA Draft and he will be selected with the No. 1 overall pick. It’s not a bold prediction, even despite it being 13 months away. That’s how good and how talented Wiggins is projected to be.
So why beat around the bush? Kansas fans know that they should enjoy Wiggins for the time that they will have him — which is one year.
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