Now that the 2013 NBA draft is over, teams are beginning to prepare for the 2014 draft, and Andrew Wiggins is the name that is already at the top of everyone’s list.
The incoming freshman for the Kansas Jayhawks is coming into college as the No. 1 overall recruit from the 2013 recruiting class, and there’s little debate as to why.
This is simply an explosive athlete that can make plays and score inside and out. His leaping ability combined with his impressive quickness make for an incredibly exciting finisher.
As you can see from this highlight video, it’s safe to say that Wiggins is pretty good.
What he did in high school is good and all, but scouts will be focusing on what he does at the next level while in college. Playing as a Division I athlete is a lot different than playing as a high school kid and it takes a lot of maturity to play at such a high level, especially at a place like Kansas with such a well-respected coach like Bill Self.
But so far, it appears that Wiggins is impressing Self and the rest of the coaching staff, which is a very good sign so early on in his college career. A report by Myron Medcalf on ESPN.com provided this from Self:
During Tuesday morning’s Big 12 summer media teleconference, Self didn’t avoid the projections about Wiggins’ potential impact in Lawrence.
'I think his ceiling’s high. ... I would hope he’s as talented as any player in the country,' Self said. 'From a raw, athletic-ability standpoint, he can do some things that I’ve never had a player be able to do physically.'
That’s coming from a coach who had Ben McLemore -- a probable top-five pick in Thursday’s NBA draft -- last season and multiple lottery picks prior to that.
Head coaches always try to refrain from giving such high praise to the incoming recruits in order to keep them level-headed, so this kind of compliment is essentially one of the biggest things he can say about Wiggins.
Even though Wiggins has only been a part of the team, he’s already becoming a legend on campus. The team held a scrimmage on June 12th and fans packed the gym to get a look at the incoming freshman.
He certainly didn’t disappoint the nearly 1,300 people in attendance.
All of this hype surrounding such an exciting player to watch is certainly priming him for a possible No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft if he decides to declare after this season.
The Jayhawks will be looking for an NCAA championship while Wiggins is here, but this is possibly just a short stop in what is likely to be an unbelievable journey for possibly the greatest player out of high school since LeBron James.