Andrew Wiggins made shockwaves on Tuesday when the superstar recruit finally announced that he would be attending Kansas University and playing ball for coach Bill Self’s Jayhawks.
It ended a long saga of recruiting drama, but opened the door for speculation on whether or not the top-tier prospect will live up to the immense hype and how he will fit in with the Jayhawks roster.
Fortunately for fans around Lawrence, it looks to be a perfect match.
Wiggins should be able to fill the giant void left by Ben McLemore, the team’s top scorer during the 2012-13 campaign.
The freshman shooting guard entered the NBA draft and will likely become a first-round pick along with teammate Jeff Withey—the senior center who served as the second-option on the offensive end last year.
Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor and Naadir Tharpe are the only notable players that will be returning for another season with KU, meaning Self will have plenty of minutes to spare.
Wiggins should be in line to play as much as possible and will likely be the centerpiece of the Kansas offense next season. He’s a major upgrade in the points department, as he is a reliable bucket generator that shouldn’t slack off.
While McLemore was prone to long stretches of inefficient and head-scratching play, the stud recruit should be much more consistent for the duration of games.
Some fresh faces on Kansas’ campus should also be of assistance to Wiggins and the rest of the team. Top-tier recruits Joel Embiid, Wayne Selden, Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene all will get a chance to play and make an impact this coming season.
It’s not the elite crop of highly touted talent that coach John Calipari assembled at Kentucky, but these young men are hard workers that will provide a perfect supporting cast around Wiggins.
Add in Self’s genius and you can be certain that the Jayhawks find a way to utilize their latest weapon in the most effective fashion.
This should put the team on a collision course with the rival Wildcats come the national championship in a repeat of 2012’s epic showdown.
Kentucky may have the deeper roster, but this time Kansas has the best player and should be able to one-up the competition due to the sheer skill and dominance of Wiggins.
This all of course hinges on the Canadian native panning out, but from everything we’ve seen from this kid during his time at Huntington Prep and in exhibition showcases, he’s the real deal.
Don’t be shocked to see Wiggins hoist the national championship trophy and bring KU its first title since 2008.