On a night where the bench nearly stole the show for Kansas in their 87-78 win over Wake Forest, freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins still managed to steal the show.
Wiggins shot 6 for 13 from the field for a team-high 17 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished out 4 assists, and had a game-high 3 steals in leading the Jayhawks, and his incredible upside flashed throughout the day. To be frank, this was a tougher game for Kansas than many thought it would be, but it’s tough to do anything but let your jaw hit the floor when watching Wiggins fly through the air or swing from side-to-side defensively.
The aforementioned bench (led by potential lottery pick Joel Embiid) scored 41 of the team’s 87 points, and they were absolutely key in preserving the Jayhawks’ perfect, 5-0 record. It’ll be absolutely key for Bill Self and company to get support for their stars (Wiggins, Wayne Selden, and Perry Ellis, among others), and this was a perfect case of that.
However, Wiggins continues to impress despite his “modest” (in comparison to Marcus Smart, Jabari Parker, and the like) numbers, and while many seem to think he’s a disappointment so far, I would go the opposite way. The young freshman has flashed many points of what make him an elite prospect, and if those tools translate to numbers at any point, he’ll be frightening.