Andrew Wiggins' Hype Builds, Forward Selected As Preseason First Team All American

By Dave Daniels
Andrew Wiggins High School Basketball: McDonald's All American Games
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Kansas Jayhawks forward Andrew Wiggins has been no stranger to expectations in the last year, but it seems they will only grow larger next season. Wiggins was recently selected to the Blue Ribbon Preseason All American team, which should not come as a surprise to anyone. The Blue Ribbon College Yearbook has been published since 1981, and is known as a great source for college basketball information on every Division I school.  It is used throughout college basketball by media, coaches, scouts and fans. Fellow Big 12 player Marcus Smart was also selected to the team; the Big 12 was the only conference with two players on the team. That should give you a pretty good sense of what to expect from the Big 12 next season, and how many high profile games next season will feature teams from the conference.

The battles between Smart and Wiggins next season should be quite fun to watch, though they will likely not guard each other. Seeing who can outscore the other though, and especially who can get the win will likely determine who the Big 12 player of the year will be. Don’t know if anyone would be shocked if Wiggins won freshman of the year, and if he can beat Smart for Big 12 player of the year then the forward will be in serious consideration for national player of the year.

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