It's Official: Andrew Wiggins to Kansas
Wiggins is going to Kansas per reporter Grant Traylor.
if this is true: YESSSSSS!! lets go!
Wow. Good for Kansas. Just thankful it wasn't Kentucky.
Looking forward to see Wiggins & Wayne Selden on the same team.
Not where I thought he would sign. I figured Kansas was the last out of his final four. But, good coach, good system, and great place to play!
Didn't care as long as it wasn't Kentucky. Kansas is a great choice though!
I'm a UK fan btw
Damn, I was really hoping for FSU just for something different.
Damn all signs pointed to FSU. Good pick up for Kansas! They are going to dominate next year
I can see Kansas, though I'm surprised Josh Selby's draft plummet didn't scare him a bit. He'll be the go to star of a team that will, as always, be highly ranked and winning its league. FSU would have slowed down his play style way too much and UNC wouldn't let him star from the gate as much as others. Kentucky was a whole different kind of choice and no one can fault him for not wanting to deal with it.
For the big 3 of this class to go to 3 of the most historic schools it should be a very interesting year.
Still in shock. I can't believe my favorite team just landed this guy. Given the chances, I almost knew we wouldn't get him, but wow. Guess it makes sense as his bro isn't too far which makes it convenient for his parents to visit them.
Not really a Kansas fan but a starting 5 of Nadir Tharpe Wayne Selden Andrew Wiggins Perry Ellis and Joel Embid I'm excited for Jayhawks basketball next year watchout Big 12
Good for Wiggins, glad he will atleast be on a competitive team
I like that he didnt choose unc or Kentucky
The NCAA might want to look into his recruiting...after taking this long and then picking the least expected school. Kansas may already be in trouble with the Ben McLemore situation
Downside of not picking UNC or FSU means less Wiggins vs Parker in college, which is a shame.
Kansas plays Duke so we will at least see them play once before they enter the NBA
Well, have to say I knew it was a possibility, still am in shock. Love the choice. Think that Andrew will be great there and that Kansas will be incredibly fun to watch. Selden and Embiid are also incredible athletes, Conner Frankamp is a deadeye shooter. Also liked what I saw from Jamari Traylor as a utility guy, Perry Ellis really came on strong at the end of the year. I believed that anywhere Andrew Wiggins went, he would be a success. Just think that this situation is fantastic, Self has been an excellent coach and I am sure Jayhawk nation must be going wild! Congrats to Andrew and to Kansas!
&$#%#&@!, I was really hoping he'd go to FSU or UNC so I could watch him in person, but Kansas is a great choice. Good for him.
He wants the Gonzalez twins. Can't blame him.
I honestly thought that Kansas would be his last choice.
PG-Naadir Tharpe/Conner Frankamp- Good pg rotation. I think Frankamp has some potential if he could put on some muscle but he just seems to have that playmaking gene which will get him minutes regardless
SG- Wayne Selden/Andrew White iii/Brennan Greene- Athletic. Should be able to get up and down the floor. Could definitly use practice as far as their shooting to create floor spacing but if they work on that the sg rotation should be more then capable. Plus with Wayne Selden upside who know's if they even go 3 deep at the 2 guard spot.
SF-Andrew Wiggins- All the hype let's just see him perform now.
PF-Perry Ellis- Want to see what he does with more minutes and more shots coming his way.
C- Joel Embid- High upside. I just don't see him as what some ppl on this site are making him out to be.
SHOULD BE NO LOWER THEN 2ND PLACE IN BIG 12 to possibly a mature and veteran Oklahoma State squad.
this is the last place out of his last 4 i wouldve thought he would have signed. UNBELIEVABLE!!! did anyone see this coming? i know i sure as hell didnt
Andrew Wiggins, consensus No. 1 college basketball recruit, picks KU as found on http://www.kansascity.com/2013/05/14/4234835/andrew-wiggins-consensus-no.......
Its going to be an interesting year in Kansas..Self has a reputation for doing more with less...Kansas loses all 5 starters and will be counting on inexperienced guys like Perry,Tharpe,Traylor and freshmen Wayne Selden,Joel Embiid and Landon Lucas...
This is their projected starting lineup:
pf:Ellis or Traylor
c:Embiid or Lucas
Kentucky were so loaded that in my mind it wasn't a great fit for Wiggins there but Kansas is a solid choice. The Jayhawks are a traditional powerhouse team who regularly go deep into March Madness and have an NCAA Championship Winning Coach in Bill Self.
Whilst Coach Self may not turn out as many high picks as Coach Cal, he has always got the best out of his teams and often turns a lot of solid upspectacular guys into winners, so it will be interesting to see what he can do with a future superstar like Wiggins. If Wiggins wanted to play under a very top NCAA coach then he has certainly made a great choice in Bill Self.
Don't forget Jamari Traylor, he's the kind of guy that you need on a national championship team. Tough, athletic and plays hard.
About Xavier Henry and Josh Selby...two great players who went to Kansas and fell off the map. I doubt this happens with WIggins, but somebody should have convinced him it would have. Recruiting failure by UNC, FSU, and UK. Everybody underestimated Kansas, and now Wiggins is a Jayhawk.
Congrats, Kansas. Also, congrats to Jeff Goodman for being the only one to predict Kansas.
Nitpicky but Kansas was the most predicted school by ESPN's analysts with Biancardi, Finkelstein, Rankin, and Stovall all getting it right.
And we don't know what happened in meetings with Wiggins, I'd be very surprised if any of the coaches left any sort of ammo unused in going after the #1 guy.
I wasn't going to take it there, but given the talent level, nothing would surprise me. However, Wiggins does not seem like the kind of kid who would be auctioning off his game to the highest bidder. My guess is he wrote his own ticket, and Kansas was his favorite visit.
You're right about the ESPN analysts. I missed that last night.
I think this is a good choice for Wiggins. Kansas is a young team, so he should establish himself early on, and Kansas' offense should allow him to put up big numbers. FSU was probably not the greatest because they simply aren't as good a team and Kentucky would have guys crowd out his scoring. He will certainly touch the ball more at Kansas than he would have at at Kentucky. And Barnes struggles at UNC may have scared him off.
Barnes was the go to guy at UNC. Harrison had the green light at UNC. He was the leading scorer at UNC. He had avg 16 points in his two years at UNC. He was the ACC Freshman Of The Year in 2011. He made the All ACC 1st team and he was a 2nd team All American. He was drafted in the lottery and he is starting for a playoff team. Harrison is doing good in the NBA. He made the all rookie team.
I think Kansas was the safest pick, even if it wasnt the most probable.
His stock could drop and UNC....and thats my team.
Not enough challenge to play for UK.
Too much challenge to play for FSU.
Kansas has a good looking team and Seldon is a bad boy.
His stock would not drop at UNC. He could be playing on a veteran team and he would have a very good shot at winning the NCAA Title. At Kansas, the pressure is going to be on him to deliver every night. Harrison's stock drop because he came back and his game was exposed. He would have been a top 3 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Harrison is doing fine and he made the all rookie team.
Good choice by Andrew.
Not mad at all. I wanted UNC, but this was a close 2nd and is probably a better fit. Him & Selden are gonna kill
Wiggins probably liked what Self did with Ben Mclemore this year and thought it would e a good fit
It certainly doesn't hurt having a wing player that is expected to be a top 3 pick after one year playing at KU. I don't think it was the biggest part of his choice but it surely could have played a role. I would say Bill Self was most likely the biggest reason he chose KU. He isn't really known for developing NBA talent but he is known as a top 5 coach in the NCAA for sure. I am pretty stunned he decided to become a Jayhwak but I think it is a good choice and he will instantly be a leader on a team that could compete for a national title.
Good choice. UNC would've been a great selection too. Good luck to them.
I wonder if people are going to start the Paul Pierce/ Andrew Wiggins comparisons LOL Just saying
Serious question, has Self developed any NBA All-Stars?
Bill Self had coached Deron for one year.
So recruiting a player out of high school, and coaching a player every day and every game for a year plays no part in their development? So, Carmleo Anthony wasn't influenced by Jim Boehiem? He was only there one year...
Carmelo would been a NBA star anywhere. According to your logic, Lebron's high school coach produces great talent because Lebron used to play for him.
No dude, Boeheim played a part in developing Melo. He shared his knowledge, coached him, won with him and they still have a great relationship to this day. Rookies are rarely All-Stars so in all reality NBA coaches and systems truly develop All-Stars, but coaches high school, college etc share knowledge and help a player develop. I guarantee Willis learned parts of his game from Self, and I guarantee Lebron James learned from his high school coach...if he didn't they wouldn't remain friends today. By your logic, no one helped develop or shared knowledge with the stars. Of the league. Born was destined for stardom, but he didn't roll into high school at age 15 as the same player he was his rookie year. Williams, Melo or Jamed were not late bloomers and all had a great deal of natural talent, but they got help along the way too.
Came to Syracuse as a scorer with advanced moves. First game at the garden he gave Memphis the full package. Ready to contribute at a high level. I agree Boehim may have taught him a ton about thegame but He coulda played for anyone he was going to be a top pick because his game was ready/translated well. This was an example of a good match in terms of choice of school/ playing style etc . that zone d
I agree nobody is perhaps born for stardom but Melos season was a formality imo. i agree Self teaches the college gamew well his record speaks for itself but hpw does that translate on NBA level for a top pick with high expectations I wonder.
Aside fom Deron who else would you say? Too early to say with the Morris Twins Id say although they arent dominating.
I think Self's biggest success as a teacher of college players that translates to the NBA is defense. I think even one season under Self is a great "boot camp" of sorts as to how to play defense at a much higher level than anyone who plays high school does. Even the KU players that have disappointed are ahead of the most other rookies from day 1. Xavier Henry,Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers, the Morris Twins, Tyshawn Taylor and others no matter how much or how little success they've had early in their careers are above average perimter and post defenders when compared to players their age. This is an example of Self drilling defense.
I think Darrell Arthur had the best chance before he got hurt every year. In his 2nd season he was 14 ppg 7 rpg filling in for Z-Bo as a starter when he was out for an injury. If he hadn't gotten hurt, I thought he could have been a starting caliber player and borderline All-Star in his prime.
The twins could be starters, but I think Ben McLemore has the best chance at being a future All-Star over any of Self's players currently in early stages of their careers.
Coach Self has helped get Ben McLemore to the top of most mocks this year, so I agree that may well have infulenced Wiggins into becoming a Jayhawk. Personally if Wiggins had been sold on a team like UK then I think he may have committed earlier although you could say that with any of his choices. If Wiggins had commited say a year ago, he could well have been surrounded by a stellar recruitment class wherever he went as they would be likely contenders.
As a Kansas fan. I'm still on Cloud 9 about this pickup.
I would be too. Wiggins is a generational type of talent. Good luck next season.