What Andrew Wiggins Brings To Kansas

By Mike Maicke
Andrew Wiggins
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The wait is over! Andrew Wiggins has finally decided where he will be playing next season. The most anticipated and hyped up recruit since LeBron James has decided that he will be taking his talents to Lawrence, Kansas to play for Bill Self. The Jayhawks were considered by many the least likely to land Wiggins, but looking back on it, Kansas is a fantastic fit.

The Jayhawks are losing their entire starting five from last year which obviously presents the opportunity for plenty of playing time for all incoming recruits. At KU Wiggins can be “The Man” and will not need to share the ball with six other five star recruits. While Kansas certainly does not have the recruiting class that Kentucky was able to grab, they still have one of the most talented classes in their long history. Joining Wiggins next year is number six overall recruit and the best center in the country Joel Embiid. Also on the perimeter they are bringing in sharpshooter Conner Frankamp and the super athletic Wayne Selden Jr. While the recruits coming in are impressive, Bill Self still has talented junior point guard Naadir Tharpe and the sophomore forward Perry Ellis. The Jayhawks have jumped into the preseason top five for the 2013-2014 college basketball season, and they are even being talked about as title contenders. While Wiggins has been compared to LeBron talent wise, he has certainly already surpassed him on maturity. The opportunity was there for Wiggins to go on national television and announce where he will go to school to an audience of millions, however Wiggins stayed humble and only invited his parents, coaches, and very close friends into the gymnasium to witness the signing. Pretty amazing for an 18-year-old kid with an insane amount of hype surrounding him.

Kansas can now counter Oklahoma State and Marcus Smart and have a good chance to keep the Big 12 title streak alive and well this year by capturing number 10 in a row. Just when Kansas appears to be having a rebuilding year, Bill Self lands the best recruit in recent history. Well played, Bill. Well played.


Mike Maicke is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports.  Follow Mike on Twitter @MJ_Maicke

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