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Oct 4, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) shoots a jumpshot as guard Wayne Selden (1) defends during Late Night at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was the number one prospect in 2013 and most already have him penciled in as the number 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

And he hasn’t even played yet.

He certainly has all the physical tools necessary, he is 6-foot-8 and a versatile forward. In the article, SI writer Luke Winn covers the hype around the player in Kansas, a college basketball town and mecca. Winn compares Wiggins to two former Kansas greats, Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning.

“The notion of what Andrew Wiggins could be, if he can cultivate a relentlessness to pair with his talent, is why he is being received differently — even at a school that’s won nine straight regular-season Big 12 titles and has two other potential first-rounders in guard Wayne Selden and center Joel Embiid,” writes Winn. “Even in a college town that’s seen this already, twice.”

Can he live up to the hype? LeBron James lived up to the hype thrown on him as a highschool player as he made the leap straight to the NBA. That isn’t an option for Wiggins with the new rules, however.

“If you handle this right, you could potentially have everything you ever dreamed of and go down as one of the most loved athletes to ever come through this university,” Self told Wiggins.

It looks like an exciting and interesting article. Are you going to go out and get a copy? Let us know in the comments below.

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