Projecting Andrew Wiggins' Freshman Season with Kansas Jayhawks
After a very long process that captured the attention of the entire college basketball landscape, 5-star small forward Andrew Wiggins has finally decided to sign with the Kansas Jayhawks.
Grant Taylor of the Herald-Dispatch broke the news:
Andrew Wiggins will be attending Kansas— Grant Traylor (@GrantTraylor) May 14, 2013
Wiggins is easily the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2013 class, as noted by 247Sports' composite rankings.
The question is, how will Wiggins' freshman season transpire now that he's playing for Kansas?
Due to Wiggins' presence, the Jayhawks have instantly become favorites to win the Big 12 conference title. They have also become threats for the 2014 NCAA championship, as Wiggins' superstar status has sparked the belief that he can lead his team to any feat.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, however, it's important to start from the beginning.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, Wiggins will be a starter on the opening day of the 2013-14 college basketball season. Not only is he a high-profile recruit, but Wiggins has also generated the level of hype that few recruits have ever seen.
To imagine him not starting at the college ranks would be similar to the Miami Heat deciding to take LeBron James off of the bench.
Once he hits the court, Wiggins is expected to dominate in a well-rounded fashion from Day 1. Not only is he a relatively polished offensive product, but he also possesses elite physical gifts at 6'8" and 195 pounds with a 7'0" wingspan.
So what will his numbers look like?
How will Andrew Wiggins fare during his freshman season?
Wiggins' prowess as a scorer isn't limited to attacking the basket, as he's a master of playing angles. He often waits for an opponent to step up on him, thus making his decision once the defensive base has been established.
This will enable Wiggins to dominate in a fashion in which he flirts with the 20.0-point-per-game plateau.
Wiggins should also be able to come up with somewhere between 5.0 and 6.0 rebounds per game, as his length and athleticism enable him to make a significant impact on the glass. He understands how to maneuver his body down low, which will help him establish position.
With shooters surrounding him and double-teams likely to come as he drives, Wiggins should also pick up roughly 3.0 assists per contest. His passing is an area he will continue to develop, and having talented teammates will give him confidence to dish the ball off when needed.
Paired with his ability to play the passing lanes and make an impact defending the rim, Wiggins should tally 2.0 steals and 1.0 block per game. Considering these all around numbers, there's no doubt this young man will be a star at the next level.
More important than his performance as an individual, however, is his status as a team leader. As a member of the Jayhawks, Wiggins will be expected to lead the team to nothing short of a conference title.
How the brackets play out could change everything, but there's reason to believe Wiggins will succeed in doing so and lead a push for the Final Four next year.
He joins a team with veterans and freshmen talent, as Kansas had constructed a high-quality recruiting class prior to his signing. By adding Wiggins, they've simply confirmed the notion that they're the favorites to win the Big 12 regular-season title.
We know what Wiggins is capable of, so now the question becomes whether or not he will deliver on those expectations. All signs point to him doing just that.
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