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Through eight games, we've learned one thing about Kansas super-frosh Andrew Wiggins: He likes a stage.
The Jayhawks' dramatic loss to Colorado was the third time he's faced a major-conference opponent, the second time on the U.S. mainland. Both Saturday's game and the second game of his career, against Duke at the Champions Classic, saw Wiggins lead his team in scoring with 22 points. Against the Buffaloes, he got 17 in the second half.
For a scorer of Wiggins' potential, though, here's a surprising figure: The Colorado game was only the third time that the freshman has taken more than 10 shots. While it's impressive that he's bought into KU coach Bill Self's team-first approach, the Jayhawks will go as far as Wiggins is willing to take them.
If Wiggins defers in pressure situations, he's deferring to...whom? Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, Joel Embiid and Frank Mason aren't exactly a Final Four nucleus so far.
There's no shortage of potential "stage" moments upcoming. The Jayhawks' five remaining non-Big 12 games are against Florida, New Mexico, Georgetown, MAC favorite Toledo and San Diego State.
Wiggins is a national story no matter who he's playing, but if he straps the Jayhawks to his back and carries them to wins over those opponents, he'll finally start earning some of the hype he drew before he took his first shot.
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