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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 5.15.13

Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 5.15.13


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Wiggins did it his way - The Herald Dispatch
"The other schools were great, but Kansas had my heart," Wiggins said as he sat relaxed in Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford’s office following the ceremony. "That’s it. I followed my heart."

Opinion: Wiggins may share something with Wilt, Danny |
Sure, Rivals had Josh Selby ranked No. 1 a few years ago, but Selby just happened to be the last No. 1 in a year there wasn’t a clear-cut top recruit. There were nearly as many No. 1-ranked prospects as there were recruiting services. This is different. The moment Wiggins reclassified from a Class of 2014 recruit to 2013 he shot to the top of a very talented class. He’s been called the best high school recruit since, take your pick: Kevin Durant, Greg Oden, LeBron James.

Addition of Andrew Wiggins brings clarity to KU basketball lineup | Tale of the Tait |
Regardless of your opinion on OADs, the addition of Wiggins, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing from Huntington, W.V., who can do a little bit of everything, not only makes the Bill-Self-led Jayhawks the favorite to win a 10th straight Big 12 title but also puts Kansas firmly into the preseason Top 10, perhaps even the Top 5. Not bad for one of last year's No. 1 seeds that lost all five starters, many of whom played key roles on the Jayhawks' run to the national title game in 2012, as well.

Andrew Wiggins signing makes this Bill Self's best, not first, reloading job | Double-Chin Music |
A lot can happen in 10-plus months, but right this minute it feels as if John Calipari and Bill Self will coach against each other in the national-title game for the third time in seven years next April in Cowboys Stadium.

Andrew Wiggins to Kansas: Not all No. 1s are made equal - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
This sort of recruitment arrives only every few years, with big-name schools involved in the pursuit of outsized talents and everyone in the process aware of what might be possible for the winner.

No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins picks Kansas -
Given all the buzz and attention given to Wiggins and his recruitment over the past couple of years, there was a stark contrast with the way it ended. Since the Canada native reclassified to the class of 2013 – and immediately became the No. 1 overall player – his recruitment went through the roof. Of course, Wiggins was the same sought-after player when he was a member of 2014, but the decision to reclassify ramped things up in a major way.

Andrew Wiggins, consensus No. 1 college basketball recruit, picks KU -
A 6-foot-7 small forward, Wiggins has been labeled as one of the top recruits in the last decade, an athletic specimen who is expected to become an All-American candidate at whatever school he was to choose. He also elevates a rebuilding Kansas squad back into the national discussion after the Jayhawks lost their five leading scorers off a Sweet 16 team in 2012-13.

So, who is Andrew Wiggins? A primer on the premier player -
Well, being the No. 1 overall recruit in this class and perceived as the best in a decade, naturally, Wiggins does so many things well. Watch the video below as proof. One thing that stands out to me: the kid cracks off the floor and adjusts his body to dunk with such ease. And he's a premier defender.

No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins chooses Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
"I don't know that he's got to change anything," Fulford said Monday. "He's wired to score and I think that's what he'll do. He's going to continue to be who he is.

Wiggins followed heart in signing with Jayhawks |
"I just followed my heart. Kansas had my heart so that’s where I wanted to go," Wiggins, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound small forward said Tuesday morning after signing a letter-of-intent with KU.

For Kansas Jayhawks, the wait for Andrew Wiggins was well worth it -- college basketball - ESPN
On Tuesday afternoon, the best high school basketball player on the continent -- the most hyped prospect since LeBron James, and probably the best, too -- proved he is possessed of not only otherworldly basketball gifts but also a preternatural ability to keep the world from knowing a singular piece of information.

Andrew Wiggins picks Kansas, but now the pressure is on -- men's college basketball - ESPN
On Tuesday, the average kid declared that he would play at Kansas. He did it quietly -- no television appearance, no grand gestures of tinkering with various ball caps before making his choice.

Wiggins to Kansas creates many questions -- for him, the Jayhawks and college hoops | One And One -
The Jayhawks have a ton going for them — blueblood program, an elite coach, a track record of good NBA draft placement, a great fanbase, a great national schedule with huge TV exposure — but they offer all of that without the accompanying level of craziness of Kentucky and the possible pressure/potential clash of egos/crazy competitive league of North Carolina.

Bill Self 'cool with' Andrew Wiggins spending summer with Team Canada - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
“I don’t think I’ve ever had anybody like him,” Self said. “He’s athletic like Ben (McLemore), but he’s quite a bit bigger. I’m hearing the LeBron comparisons, and I saw LeBron play in high school. I’m not sure that’s a fair comparison for anyone. But from a pure athletic standpoint, I think he’s one of the best athletes in the college game at his size for a while.

Andrew Wiggins to Kansas: How big an impact will he have in 2013-14? - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
"Wiggins will get able to get by on superior athleticism and high-intensity motor at the NCAA level, but to compare him to guys like LeBron and Kobe is premature. His perimeter game is a work in progress, especially as he gets ready for his first NBA game 18 months from now."

It’s not Andrew Wiggins fault you want to know everything about Andrew Wiggins | CollegeBasketballTalk
But here’s the thing: Wiggins hasn’t asked for any of this attention. He doesn’t want it. You want proof? Wiggins isn’t announcing his college decision on ESPN even though he could probably convince Disney to broadcast a press conference on Good Morning America if he truly wanted to. He’s doing it quietly in front of friends, family and teammates … and a single reporter.

The Wiggins Effect

An updated look at the Top 25 for 2013-14 season - NCAA men's college basketball - ESPN
Now that uber-recruit Andrew Wiggins has chosen a school, Jason King updates his early Top 25 for the 2013-14 season.

Updated Preseason Top 25, post Andrew Wiggins | CollegeBasketballTalk
Another big bump post Wiggins.

Kansas Football - Big Day for Charlie Weis as well

KU football lands commitment from East St. Louis linebacker |
A few hours after the Kansas University men’s basketball program landed Andrew Wiggins, the top player in the Class of 2013, the KU football program picked up an oral commitment from linebacker Kyron Watson, the No. 4-ranked outside linebacker in the country, according to

KU football team pumped not pouting about Andrew Wiggins joining Jayhawks | Tale of the Tait |
I think a player like Wiggins probably makes Kansas notable not only in the basketball world but also in the broader athletic world and that obviously includes football.

The Ugly Side of Things

Douchebags of Twitter vs Andrew Wiggins
The ridiculousness of twitter and sports fans.