"This is a happy day" Bill Self always says at these pressers, and today was no different. Andrew Wiggins, the biggest recruit in forever, announced he was officially entering the NBA Draft, and with that he becomes the odds on favorite to go #1 in June's NBA Draft.
Wiggins led Kansas in scoring, set a KU Freshman record for scoring, was one of the best perimeter defenders in the country, and also grabbed 6 rebounds a game despite spending the majority of his time on the perimeter. For his efforts, he was named a second team All-American (and, it should be said, possibly/probably got robbed of a first team spot).
Wiggins is Self's third one and done player at KU under Bill Self (Xavier Henry, Josh Selby) and could become the first Jayhawk to go #1 overall since Danny Manning. This will be the 5th year in a row Kansas has had a player taken in the lottery.
Wiggins was one of my favorite players to watch at Kansas, and his recruitment will do wonders for KU for years down the road. Though Wiggins didn't win a national title or play in a Final Four with Kansas, his commitment helped raise KU's recruiting profile even higher, as we've seen with the commitments of Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre for the 2014-15 season. And, when Wiggins is playing in his annual NBA all star game, the commentators will be sure to mention that he played his one year of college ball at Kansas. That exposure can't hurt.
Congrats to Andrew. And thanks.