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Andrew Wiggins impresses, yet was too passive in win over Louisiana-Monroe

Nov 8, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

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If we are paying attention to individual play in the opening night of the college basketball season, the nation’s eyes were in three different gyms to watch the top three freshman perform: Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Duke’s Jabari Parker, and Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins.

Randle and Parker both impressed in their college debuts, and Wiggins did just the same in Kansas’ 80-63 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Wiggins dropped in 16 points, while taking just nine shots from the field. He has an understanding of the game that not many college freshmen have, which makes his superior talent that much more potent — he’s as smooth of an operator as they come.

However, he wasn’t overly aggressive and didn’t look to dominate the game tonight against the Warhawks, even though he certainly could have if he elected to. While the nine shots attempted were a team-high for Kansas, Wiggins may have actually been too passive.

Chalk it up as his first collegiate game and not looking to do too much, but Wiggins has to understand he is the best player on Kansas and in the country. He should be looking for his shot and to score every time Kansas has the ball. Perhaps things will change when Kansas’ starting point guard Naadir Tharpe returns following his one game suspension for playing in a summer league game during the offseason.

Comparatively, Randle and Parker both took command in their respective games. Randle dropped in 23 points and attempted 13 free throws against UNC-Asheville, and Parker had 22 points against Davidson.

The notion of being a “ball hog” is a label no athlete wants to be tabbed, but there is such a thing as being too unselfish. In Kansas’ game against Jabari Parker and Duke on November 12th, don’t be surprised if Wiggins takes on much more of a scorer’s mentality.

  1. tomtravis76 - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    He is a poor mans Jeff Green without the toughness. Saw Wiggins play a few times last season, and while athletically impressive, nothing stood out saying this kid was the next “great one”. Another player in a long line of very athletically gifted young men. What did stand out each time was how easily Wiggins got caught up in the on court drama as each team would test him, he took it personal, which took his team out of rhythm. Yes, he is still young and can grow and mature, but the kid people need to be talking about is the Arizona freshman, Aaron Gordon. That kid is a future NBA star.

    Wiggins will make the league based on media hype this next draft, but will he get the second contract?

  2. balfe13 - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    ^^^^ right, of course. Because we’re all going to believe you over the dozens of PROFESSIONAL scouts who have been extolling the positive qualities of this kid for a year now. Thanks for the insight.

    • tomtravis76 - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      You’re welcome. I am sure you took the time to see him play live. Just watch highlights and read KU message boards? Sure you were ready and willing for anything Josh Selby as well. Wiggins has a lot to prove at this level, not saying he wont improve, but him being ready to walk into the league next season and dominate, not a chance.

  3. kingghidora - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Yeah what a slam to call the guy a future NBA star. How dare he be so hard on him! He couldn’t possibly have a chink in his armor anywhere. Why? Because a bunch of talking heads said so, that’s why. And we all know how right they are always. Can you say “Shabazz”?

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