The hype surrounding the Kansas Jayhawks‘ phenom freshman forward Andrew Wiggins is impossible to miss. Wiggins was the most hyped prospect since LeBron James and has been thought of as a no doubt number one overall pick for a few years.
Many think Wiggins will dominate the Big 12 from day one.
However, the Big 12′s top returning prospect isn’t ready to buy into the hype.
“A lot of people are saying he’s the best player now in college basketball,” Oklahoma State sophomore point guard Marcus Smart said of Wiggins during the Big 12′s annual media day Tuesday via the Associated Press. “All I’m saying is how can you be the best player in something you haven’t even played yet?”
Smart surprisingly decided not to enter the 2013 NBA draft. Many thought Smart had a chance to go #1 overall and was reportedly a target of the Orlando Magic, who had the second overall pick.
Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for the Cowboys last season.
“If he’s the best player like people say, if that’s the case, in order for me to be the best, I have to beat the best, right?” Smart said. “If he’s the best player, fans will get their money’s worth when we play Kansas.”
Kansas and Oklahoma State will meet in Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas on January 18 and at the Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma on March 1.