Well it is official: Kansas Jayhaws‘ star freshman Andrew Wiggins has declared for the NBA Draft. This move doesn’t surprise many people, but it comes on the heels of a miserable NCAA tournament for Wiggins. He is making a huge mistake by declaring for the draft this year.
Wiggins has all the tools to be a great NBA player, but he struggled to put it together in his only collegiate season. He averaged a solid 17.1 points per game and shot a respectable 44 percent from the field, but at times he seemed to disappear in games. In his last game as a collegiate athlete, he only scored four points while shooting an abysmal 1-of-6 from the field and having four turnovers.
Before this season started, Wiggins was the victim of unrealistic expectations. People were dubbing him as the next LeBron James and expecting him to drop a triple-double every night while shooting lights out. The facts are that Wiggins is still only 19 years old and has tremendous athleticism. He is very good in many areas, but he is not great at anything yet. The operative word there is yet.
If Wiggins puts it together he can be a star at the next level, but he is not there yet. He struggled at times in college, especially with foul trouble. There were stretches where he looked like a player who could dominate every game, but there were other games where he was nowhere to be found. This includes the Jayhawks’ game against the Stanford Cardinal in the round of 32 where Wiggins just couldn’t put it together.
The ceiling for Wiggins is ridiculous. We saw glimpses of a player who could absolutely kill it in the NBA. With that being said, we also saw a player who is very raw and is just not ready for the lights of the NBA. Wiggins is making a huge mistake not staying in college for at least one more year.