There was little surprise in Andrew Wiggins decision on turning pro this Monday afternoon. All signs were pointed up for the 8th Wonder and smooth finisher that stayed just 1 full year at Kansas. He came into the upcoming season with daunting, lofty expectations that no one could have lived up to.
His calming charm and charisma about him took us aback in his approach as playing casual. He did seemingly all of that and more in his freshman year at Kansas. He amassed the all-time freshman scoring record. Surpassing Danny Manning and Ben McLenmore with a cultivated group of phenoms. Wiggins shined early in Chicago against fellow heralded star Jabari Parker for Duke.
Most of his approach was seen as an offensive wizard. Becoming a paralyzing force in the lane and stealthily agile in transition made his game seem effortless in all aspects. On the defensive end, Wiggins turned out to be the best on-ball defender in America. Which was an underrated part of his game that tended to get lost in the swing of his offensive power and slick floor game. Shutting down opposing guards an entire half, making it uncomfortable to score anywhere was where his game started to flourish and made him take over games in conference play.
Such as against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Iowa State, and even losses at K-State, Oklahoma State, and who could forget his 41 point performance in Morgantown? The weak part of his game that at times plagued Kansas was his inconsistent jump shooting. He has a knack of hitting uncontested 3 pointers like most small forwards but it will have to improve to give him a better shot in NBA.
Overall, his attitude stayed the same throughout the course of every game. Making him a better player. Wiggins grew as the season wore on. He started to get accustomed to the college life, making him not worried to take big shots or big dunks for that matter.
Here is a link of Wiggins going airborn against Kansas State click here.
Andrew Wiggins gave us memories we can never forget. Moments that will last a lifetime. The early round performance against Stanford doesn't at all down play his glorious career he had in a Jayhawk uniform.