If there was actually any debate about Andrew Wiggins' future, it will end Monday.
According to KUSports.com's Gary Bedore, Kansas' sensational freshman phenom will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET) regarding his decision whether to leave the NBA:
ESPN's Jeff Goodman, meanwhile, went ahead and said what everyone was already thinking, noting Wiggins is expected to declare for June's draft:
Wiggins later confirmed that he was going pro (via Nicole Auerbach of USA Today):
Of course, if you've been paying attention, this isn't a surprise.
“I wish I had more time to stay here and do my thing," Wiggins said after KU's last home game in early March, via The Capital-Journal. “I’m sad…it’s my last time. But I’ve enjoyed my time here. I couldn’t ask for more.”
As the most hyped player coming out of high school since LeBron James, the 19-year-old Canadian has dealt with unreal expectations. Perhaps that's why, despite averages of 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game and a Big 12 regular-season title, some still view his season as a disappointment.
Or maybe it was the (likely) final game of his career, in which he wasn't as assertive as he probably should have been, scoring four points on six shots as his short-handed Kansas squad was upset in the Round of 32 by Stanford.
All the negative attention he has received throughout the season aside, he remains the same player with tantalizing potential.
As executives told Sports Illusrtated's Chris Mannix, there's no worry when it comes to Wiggins' forgettable final game.
In interviews with SI.com, several executives said poor tournament performances were irrelevant. Teams invest too much time and manpower studying a player all season to be disproportionately influenced by a bad game or two. They know Wiggins tends to drift, just as much as they know Parker's defense is a glaring weakness.
Wiggins is unbelievably athletic and has all the physical tools you look for in an NBA wing. He's a train who is practically impossible to stop in transition, has shown flashes of a dangerous jump shot and has the potential to be a lockdown defender.
When he's drafted may very well come down to the order and preferences of each team, but he's an essential lock to hear his name during the first three picks.
As for the Jayhawks, Wayne Selden is returning, Perry Ellis, Conner Frankamp, Brannen Greene and others will be improved, reinforcements are coming in 5-stars Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre, and Bill Self has shown the ability to win a Big 12 title...or 10.
Wiggins may be making his departure official Monday, but it will hardly be an unexpected letdown for anyone involved.
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