With Kansas losing four seniors next year, including Ben McLemore who is entering this year’s NBA draft as a lottery pick, they need some lucky to recruit players for next season. Fortunately, luck was on their side, as the nation’s top no. 1 prospect, Andrew Wiggins, announced he’ll be attending Kansas in the fall, deciding over Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina.
Before the decision, head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks, Bill Self wasn’t sure at all which school Wiggins would choose.
“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.
Self discussed the prominence Wiggins brings to the school and his athletic abilities.
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.”
With Wiggins now on board, Self is still looking to replace his entire starting five with the top prospects and returnees such as Perry Ellis and Naadir Tharpe.
At Huntington Prep, Wiggins lead his team to a record 30 wins, 3 losses, averaging 23 points per game, and 11 rebounds per game this past season.