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Andrew Wiggins is officially off to the NBA

Mar 31, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

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Andrew Wiggins made it official on Monday.

The most hyped freshman in the most hyped recruiting class in recent memory announced that he will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

“At end of the day, I decided I will enter the draft. It wasn’t an easy decision,” Wiggins said at a news conference on Monday afternoon. “I wish I had more time, time goes so fast. I wish I had all four years.”

This decision was not the least bit surprising. Wiggins is a lock to go top three in the NBA Draft, and many have him projected as the No. 1 pick.

“The time is right for Andrew,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Opportunity is knocking on the door.”

“He was so coachable, a great teammate [but] as good as he was for us, he’s only scratching the surface of what he can do.”

The question for Kansas fans now becomes Joel Embiid. Will he declare for the draft as well? There were reports that Embiid had made his decision last week, but he formally denied the reports within hours.

  1. kcroyal - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Good luck Wiggins. Overall a very good player for KU this year. Definitely didn’t live up to expectations and I won’t be telling my grand kids about any heroic tournament performances.

  2. florida727 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    When someone says they wish “they had all four years”, it tells me the parents and all the hangers-on are pushing the kid to start cashing checks. Too bad. I know there’s a lot to risk by staying, but these kids don’t even get a chance to be kids because of all the money that gets thrown at them.

    • kcroyal - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      NBA players can’t act like kids? Seems like they have a pretty spoiled lifestyle.

  3. cpfirish - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    He is really not ready for the NBA. The kid was way over hyped and didn’t play up to any of the expectations. I know he she the dollar signs, but one more would not hurt him one bit.

  4. cranespy - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    I really thought this kid’s parents “got it”……Wiggins is no where near ready for the grind and the unrealistic expectations that come with being touted as the NEXT BIG thing. It is obvious that while he did begin to show a sliver of his potential at various points…..he desperately could use another year of seasoning at the elite DI level.

    I can’t help but believe that all of the whispers from Toronto to Huntington to Lawrence are all accurate…..ole Mitch insisted he go cash in NOW.

    Too bad for this time next year he will be buried under the weight of EXPECTATIONS and on target to miss the playoffs as a member of the Bucks who hope to become the #1 destination for Free Agents wanting to chase championships.

    Unfortunately, Andrew at best needs to stay healthy and spend his 4 years in obscurity in hopes that he can refine his potential and parlay it I to a BIG FAT CHECK with whomever is a single player away from GREATNESS!

  5. cranespy - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Fast forward five years……NBA All Star Game Appearances:

    Embiid: 2
    J. Parker: 3
    Wiggins: 0

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