Let's Talk Kansas
Andrew Wiggins is off to a good start to his Freshman season.
By Matthew Clark
Monday, December 16, 2013
EVERYBOY PANIC! The season is done! Andrew Wiggins isn't the player everyone thought he was! This is the worst Kansas team ever! Wait...it's not bad at all? It's only a month into the season? Okay, sorry about that.
That may have been a little exaggerated, but there are fans like that in Kansas (and around the college basketball world) that are thinking that. Not only fans, one NBA scout was quoted by Jeff Goodman (about Wiggins), “he's the third- or fourth-best player for Kansas.” Let's go through this in an organized fashion.
Kansas is 6-3. They have wins against Duke (7-2) and Wake Forest (8-2)on a neutral courts, and have loses against Villanova (9-0), Colorado (10-1), and Florida (7-2). Each loss has been an away loss. Villanova and Florida are not easy places to win at on the road. Colorado won on a last second shot that may have been a travel. All-in-all, Kansas is alright at 6-3, no panic needed. Save the panicking for, if in the next six games (@ Sprint Center against New Mexico, vs Georgetown, vs Toledo, vs San Diego State, @ Oklahoma) they split with a loss to Toledo.
Andrew Wiggins is the No. 1 recruited player in this class. He entered the hype machine that is college basketball and was immediately compared to Wilt and Danny at Kansas without playing a single minute. Nine games in, Wiggins is averaging 16.4PPG and 6.1RPG, while committing only 1.7TPG. He's recorded three 20+point games, notched one double-double, and is shooting 50.5%. Wiggins is playing pretty good through nine games. Why say he's only 3rd or 4th on his own team? People are always ready to pounce on a player who is hyped and doesn't blow away everyone with their play from first game to last. Jabari Parker came hot out the gate, good for him. He's a great talent as well and is proving it, but so is Wiggins. Kansas has a good amount of talent, and Bill Self will find ways to use it to its fullest, his track record proves this. Come NCAA Tournament time, Wiggins will no doubt be the best player on the Kansas squad and those trashing him now will be the same people calling for him to once again be the first player taken in next June's NBA Draft.