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Andrew Wiggins aiming for ‘championship’
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 20, 2013 @ 12:55 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
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Now that the big where are you going question is out of the way, heralded freshman Andrew Wiggins is free to be a regular old college student.
Upon Wiggins’ arrival in Lawrence, college basketball’s top freshman was bombarded by autograph requests and a herd of media members. Not to mention he helped draw 1,300 fans for a pickup game.
KU coach Bill Self is already worried that Wiggins’ “rock star status” might be a little “ridiculous,” considering it’s only June.
“It’s weird to me because we’ve recruited other good players before, but we haven’t recruited anyone with this type of attention,” Self said to media members Wednesday. “I kind of feel for him; he’s going to have to tell people no. He’s gotta be able to be a kid.
“He hasn’t even made a basket yet, and the attention he’s received is based on potential. I think he should welcome expectations, there’s no reason for him to run from them because he’s going to have them no matter what.”
While the weight-of-the-world expectations will remain on his shoulders, the most hyped high school player since LeBron James is taking all the hysteria in stride.
When the obvious team goal question was asked during the 6-8 forward’s first meeting with the media since arriving in Lawrence, Wiggins delivered an answer that will certainly be music to Jayhawks fans’ ears.
“I want to win. I want me and my teammates to be the best players that we can be. …and hopefully, win a national championship,” Wiggins said. “That’s my main goal.”
“I know that college is a big step from high school and coming (to Kansas) early (in the summer) would (raise) my chances of being ready. …I just take my life day by day. I just try to stay grounded, keep my circle tight, stay close to my family and friends.”
In the pickup game against former Kansas players, including Sherron Collins, Wiggins didn’t take long to exhilarate the crowd — throwing down a monster slam just 10 seconds into the contest.
“That felt good,” Wiggins said, smiling. “It loosened up my nerves.” … [For more on Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins aiming for 'championship', click here.]
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