By Gian D'Ambra @TheRealG289 on March 28, 2014
The prodigy who was widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft could use another year in college. The Kansas Jayhawks' Andrew Wiggins is no longer the heavy favorite to go No. 1 this year. Having one more season to secure that pick would help him tremendously and make him much more NBA-ready.
Wiggins is 6-foot-8, 200 pounds. Guys his height in the NBA have about 40-50 pounds on him. He could use one more year to get bigger and stronger so he can bang around with his soon-to-be colleagues. He is a great scorer, but could use the extra strength to be able to play better defense in the NBA.
Reports came out this week that fellow Jayhawks freshman, 7-footer Joel Embiid, is declaring for the NBA Draft. Then reports came out that refuted the previous statement and said he was still exploring his options. If he goes, next year's Kansas team will belong solely to Wiggins. He can further solidify his case to be the No. 1 overall pick with one more year and the team to himself.
Wiggins scored in single-digits in just one game before Big 12 play started. After that, he scored under 10 points on four separate occasions. The Big 12 was the best conference in college basketball this year, but if he dominates all the way through next year, his draft stock will be the best of any player by far.
The senior-heavy, much bigger team in Stanford knocked off the Jayhawks in the round of 32. Wiggins had a terrible game, going 1-of-6 from the floor, 0-of-2 from 3-point range, and finished with just four points, four rebounds and one assist. Making a deep run in next year's tournament would improve his draft stock, which already doesn't need much improvement.
Imagine if Duke's Jabari Parker, who is contemplating his NBA future, stays for his sophomore year as well? And imagine if he and Wiggins met in the national championship Game? That is every college basketball fan's dream matchup! One can only hope and wait to hear of Wiggins' decision.
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