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Andrew Wiggins Officially Announces He Will Enter 2014 NBA Draft

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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2014

Just as many experts and analysts predicted, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins officially declared for June's 2014 NBA draft on Monday, according to Nicole Auerbach of USA Today:

Wiggins lamented not having more time in college, via Auerbach:

Wiggins later thanked Kansas fans in a video on the Jayhawks' YouTube channel:

Jeff Goodman of ESPN originally reported on Sunday that Wiggins wouldn't be pulling a last-minute surprise:

As the Jayhawks' leading scorer in 2013-14, the 6'8", 200-pound swingman averaged 17.1 points per game while leading the storied program to its 10th consecutive Big 12 Conference regular-season title. 

Highly touted coming out of high school, Wiggins projects to be one of the first players chosen this summer. His athleticism, leaping ability, shooting touch and all-around game have drawn comparisons to former NBA superstar Tracy McGrady and have many NBA scouts drooling, per The New York TimesPat Borzi:

Wiggins could be one of the first picks in this year’s NBA draft, but he already plays with the expressionless bearing of a 10-year professional with his fourth team. No gestures after hitting a 3-pointer. No posturing after blocking a shot. And no chest-bumping celebrations...

Add in a 7-foot wingspan and there's no denying Wiggins' potential to dominate at the next level.

If there are concerns about the 19-year-old Wiggins, they center on his on-court demeanor and ability to go missing in games occasionally. His killer instinct has also been questionable at times.

But recently, Kansas head coach Bill Self talked about Wiggins' calm demeanor, stressing that his quiet nature is an important trait, per Borzi:

I thought coming in that we need to try to change him, and change him the way where he was outwardly, visibly more energetic and passionate, because he is a stone-face on the court. That would have been the worst thing we could have done.

His demeanor has been pretty steady in large part because he doesn’t really care about what’s going on outside. He only cares about what’s going on inside.

It remains to be seen where Wiggins will fall in the draft and whether he'll be able to turn around a struggling franchise right off the bat. However, the Canadian teenager is sure to make an immediate impact in the NBA, where his quickness, explosion and scoring prowess will give him a leg up on fellow rookies. 

The past year spent in Lawrence, Kan., has certainly been critical to Wiggins' development, but the NBA will provide him with an unrivaled challenge that will ultimately determine his basketball legacy. 

 

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