If there’s one thing you could say about Andrew Wiggins and there are many, it’s that arguably the most highly touted recruit since Danny Manning to don a Kansas jersey looks and acts the part.
Wiggins in his first action since arriving in Lawrence, last Saturday not only displays the look on the floor, but off the floor as well, all while being all of 18-years-old and like any other college student, adjusting to life in a new home.
“It’s been a great vibe, since I came here,” Wiggins said. “The people of Lawrence have been showing me nothing but love.”
Taking the floor for the first time since arriving, Wiggins delighted many in attendance at Bill Self’s summer basketball camp, by scoring seven points in a scrimmage, including putting on a show prior to, throwing down vicious dunks that had jaws dropped.
Wiggins’ maturity is evident, but so is his passion for his new team, as he could have opted to play for the Canadian National Team this summer. Instead, he chose to come to Kansas and begin summer school, while building chemistry with his new teammates, a trait that is beyond admirable, considering the fact that he is almost assuredly at Kansas for only one year, before likely garnering the top spot in next year’s NBA Draft.
“I know that college is a big step from high school,” Wiggins said. “So, I just wanted to make sure that I was ready for it and come here early and higher my chances of being ready for college.”
His new coach Bill Self downplayed the arrival, because it’s about the team and rightfully so, as Wiggins is seeking to help the team achieve its goal of a National Championship in 2014. Before the Jayhawks can entertain such expectations, the key will be to grow together, a task that has now begun.
“I’m glad he’s here, so we can have our entire compliment of players and they start becoming a team,” Self said.