The biggest crutch for Andrew Wiggins all season had been his ability to take over games. The majority of people who have been privileged to watch him play this season have called him passive and unassertive for the majority of the season. Despite all of that, Wiggins has still led his team to a regular season Big 12 Championship while the Kansas Jayhawks have become a team that is mentioned in most NCAA national championship conversations.
But more importantly, in the final regular season game of the season, Wiggins poured on a career-high 41 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field, as well as eight rebounds. Yes, it was on a mediocre West Virginia team that likely wouldn’t have made the Big Dance without a stunning 92-86 upset over eighth-ranked Kansas, but I believe everyone who watched Wiggins explode today witnessed the evolution of a future superstar.
We have known all season that Wiggins is one of college basketball’s most explosive, athletic and purely talented players. Today, the Canadian native took the next step in becoming the star he needs to be for Kansas to find themselves in Dallas cutting the nets. Wiggins realized that when he takes initiative on offense and becomes the aggressor, there isn’t a defense in college basketball that can keep him from having his way.
The best part of this for the Kansas faithful is the timing of Wiggins breakout game. From this point on, it’s “survive and advance” for the Jayhawks, whether it’s the Big 12 tournament or NCAA tournament. Either way, Wiggins should be on an offensive rampage from this point on.