Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks pulled off a major recruiting victory on Tuesday, as Andrew Wiggins, the nation’s top ranked recruit chose Kansas.
Recruited by assistant Kurtis Townsend and Self, the addition of Wiggins makes Kansas one of favorites to win the National Championship in 2013-14, as well as this year’s recruiting class being among the top two in the country, along with Kentucky.
“Obviously, everyone in Jayhawk-land is overwhelmed and excited today,” Self said in a statement. “This was a pleasant surprise because we never had an idea which way he was leading. Andrew did this the exact way he said he was going to. He played his cards very close to his vest as did his mother and father. I knew we were one of four. The competition was very stiff and we were fortunate that we were able to ink him today. He’s a tremendous talent and a terrific kid. Probably an even better kid than he is a talent. We think he has a chance to be about as good a prospect as we’ve ever had.
Wiggins has been highly touted as one of the biggest high school talents, since LeBron James in 2003, his impact could be monumental.
“An elite level talent, Wiggins is a world-class athlete with impressive physical and athletic attributes. At 6-foot-8, he handles the ball well, is the top defender in the 2013 class and is a terrific transition scorer,” Scout.com’s Evan Daniels said.
Wiggins will join an already loaded class, including swingmen Brannen Greene and Wayne Selden, guards Connor Frankamp and Frank Mason, as well rapidly rising big man Joel Embiid.
The Jayhawks will be gunning for a 10th consecutive Big 12 championship in 2013-14, as well as their first National Championship since 2008, which would be their second under Self, who will be entering his 11th season at Kansas.