Andrew Wiggins hasn't played a single game at the collegiate level and he's already a genuine superstar.
That may be a bold statement, and those who oppose it will likely reference the fact that the term "superstar" is reserved for those who perform at an elite level on the court. The truth of the matter is, a superstar isn't just an athlete with on-court success, but an athlete who also has off-the-hardwood power.
That's exactly what Wiggins possesses.
According to Matt Tait of KU Sports, Wiggins' practice gear is being sold on Craigslist—practice gear. This isn't a jersey he wore during a game, nor is it the shoes that he donned when Kansas competed for a national championship.
In fact, we haven't even begun to approach the days where those pieces of sports memorabilia would exist.
Instead, people are coming across and attempting to sell clothes that Wiggins supposedly wore to practice. These are pinnies that you wore in high school gym class and shorts that can be bought at your local TJ Maxx.
Even still, they're being sold because an 18-year-old with no experience above the high school level supposedly placed his signature upon them. Per Tait's report:
The package included practice shorts, a practice shirt and a pair of adidas high top shoes that the seller claimed were autographed by Wiggins. Five photographs of the gear were included with the post.
The entry said that the price was negotiable and also referenced that a friend of the seller's was one of the head managers for the KU basketball team.
Tait reports that Kansas associated athletic director Jim Marchiony denied any team manager being involved in what could emerge as a potential scandal.
If that's not enough for you, Wiggins' Sports Illustrated for Kids player card is being sold for up to $30.00 on ebay. That may not seem like a lot, but the entire magazine can be purchased for a price of $5.00.
An image of the card can be found below.
When your memorabilia is being sold for a 600 percent gain, you're approaching superstar status.
Wiggins may enter the college ranks and fail to pan out, becoming nothing more than just another quality player who dominated the high school ranks. He could also live up to the hype, rivaling Kevin Durant and LeBron James for years to come as the best player in basketball.
At this point, it doesn't seem to matter what actually happens. People are so caught up in what could be that they're willing to pay for memorabilia from a player whose done nothing more than play well at the level where local stars are made and NBA upside is misrepresented.
It's a story we've heard before, yet it never seems to grow old.
Wiggins enters the collegiate ranks with the same form of hype as LeBron James and Sebastian Telfair. For those unfamiliar with the career paths the two men followed, LeBron panned out as the best in the world and Telfair failed to reach a shred of his potential.
In other words, nothing is certain.
With that being said, when you're unproven yet unanimously believed to be a lock to go first overall at the NBA draft, you have star power. We've seen it with everyone from LeBron to Dwight Howard, and when it pans out, the masses look brilliant.
Even if he fails to pan out, people are looking to get their hands on memorabilia that may one day be worth thousands.
The upside is undeniable and, before he's even put on an official Kansas Jayhawks jersey, his gear is becoming a hot commodity. I'll be the first to agree that he has a way to go before becoming elite, but his star status is unquestioned.
This latest development in the Wiggins saga simply proves how far he's come in such a short period of time—to superstar status.