Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Andrew Wiggins Commits to Kansas


Andrew Wiggins will go from being the American Family Insurance USA TODAY Sports Player of the Year to being go-to guy on the 2013-14 Jayhawks team, the star of an already highly touted incoming freshman class. Wiggins, a 6-8 forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep who scored 23.4 points and grabbed 11.2 rebounds per game this season, passed up a chance to be part of what's being hailed as the greatest recruiting class since the Fab Five, Kentucky's. Instead of being one star among two handfuls, he'll be the guy at Kansas.

"Obviously, everyone in Jayhawk-land is overwhelmed and excited today," Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement. "This was a pleasant surprise because we never had an idea which way he was leading. Andrew did this the exact way he said he was going to. He played his cards very close to his vest as did his mother and father. I knew we were one of four. The competition was very stiff and we were fortunate that we were able to ink him today. He's a tremendous talent and a terrific kid. Probably an even better kid than he is a talent. We think he has a chance to be about as good a prospect as we've ever had."

"He brings athleticism, length, scoring ability and he's also an assassin, an alpha dog and we definitely need that when you have a whole bunch of young kids," Self said. "I think he's going to be not just a good player, but have the chance to be a great one. I know the people that support our program are going to be pleasantly surprised when they see him run and play the very first time he gets the opportunity."
Read More: USA Today - Analysis: What Andrew Wiggins means for Kansas