Freshman star Andrew Wiggins came into college as one of the most sought after recruits in recent memory and Bill Self worked enough magic to lure him to play for the Kansas Jayhawks. With Wiggins on campus, he was expected to lead the Jayhawks to the Promised Land and hang yet another championship banner in Allen Fieldhouse.
With that in mind, Kansas found themselves losing control of the game in the Round of 32 against the Stanford Cardinal before a pair of Connor Frankamp threes. After a missed free throw by the Cardinal, Kansas had the ball, down only three with seconds to play. But on the final play of the game, the rest of the Jayhawks failed to put the ball in the hands of their star player, Andrew Wiggins.
Next thing you know, a forced three by Frankamp failed to even scrape the rim as 10-seed Stanford upset two-seed Kansas 60-57. The look on Wiggins’ face was that of disappointment and unbelief after many had Kansas potentially playing in Dallas to conclude the season. The story could have been written much differently if only Wiggins had the opportunity to showcase why he is one of the top players in the country.
What went through coach Self’s mind, or the rest of the Jayhawks team for that matter during the final possession of the game, we may never know. Maybe it was the unexpectedly quiet night for Wiggins, who had only six points on 1-of-6 shooting. Maybe it was confidence in the bench player who threw up two prayers to keep the hopes of a comeback alive. Either way, Wiggins is the star of the team and as the best scoring option on the squad, there is no reason for him to be denied the ball with the season on the line. Why didn’t Wiggins get the shot?