Ben McLemore Was Proof That Bill Self Can Develop Talent Like Andrew Wiggins

By Dave Daniels
Andrew Wiggins Jabari Parker High School Basketball: McDonald's All American Games
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Bill Self had some fortunate news last spring when Andrew Wiggins announced he would join the Kansas Jayhawks. Self proved though with hes development of Ben McLemore that the ball coach is ready for a talent like Wiggins to come to Lawrence. Self has even made some comments lately about how jumping to the pros one day would be totally out of the realm of possibility. That will definitely be interesting to keep an eye on especially if the the Jayhawks have considerable success next season. The arrival of Wiggins makes that an emminent possbility, but the game is played of the court and not on paper so we will just have to watch the fireworks ourselves. Self seems like the type of coach who wants to try his luck against the best coaches and players in the world one day and Wiggins just might be the springboard that gets Self to the pros.

Wiggins is the most highly anticipated recruit since 2003 and he will likely go very high in next summer’s draft but we will first have to see if he can make some noise in college basketball. Wiggins was named this year’s Gatorade high school athlete of the year and he admitted this summer that going to school nearby his older brother had an effect on his decision. How much of an effect is unclear, but anyone who has been around Wiggins knows how much his family and close friends mean to him. Let’s see what “Ender” Wiggins can make happen next season.

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