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Andrew Wiggins

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 200
  • Birthdate: 02/23/1995
  • College: Kansas
Round 1: Pick 1
Drafted By: Cleveland Cavaliers 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Super athlete
  • Length
  • Versatile
  • Lockdown defender
  • Good jump shooter with range
  • Gets to the free-throw line a ton
  • Good free-throw shooter

 

Weaknesses

  • Has to bet bigger and stronger
  • Needs to consistently stay aggressive

 

NBA projection: Wiggins is a certain top-five pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Wiggins was a consensus All-American and set a boatload of KU freshman records, including scoring average (17.1), field goals attempted (422), free throws made (176) and free throws attempted (227).

 

Key statistics: 17.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.9 bpg, 2.2 tpg, 32.8 mpg, .452 FG, .347 3PT, .773 FT

 

Cool statistic: Wiggins set the Kansas freshman season scoring record with 597, breaking Ben McLemore’s record of 589, which had been set the season before.

 

Reminds me of: Tracy McGrady

 

What Insiders Say

Kansas coach Bill Self

“I think that his talent is unbelievable. I think he's just scratching the surface. His athletic ability, even though there are other great athletes out there, I don't think there are many that can do the things, physically, that he can do. But I do think he's still some time away. He's young. He just turned 19, and he could very easily be a high school senior right now. But I think his ceiling is the highest that I've been around.”

 

What Outsiders Say

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins

“I think Wiggins showed everybody today [in a 41-point game against the Mountaineers] why he is going to be the first or second pick in the draft. He made hard shots.”

 

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Wiggins, who averaged 17.1 ppg and 5.9 rpg, was a second team all-American, as well as an All-Big 12 first teamer and the Big 12's Freshman of the Year. He had a huge performance early in the season against Parker and Duke, going for 22 points and eight boards, and went for 26 and 11 against eventual Final Four team Florida.

 

Wiggins' performance went up and down during the middle of the season, as the Jayhawks dealt with several injuries, most notably to center (and fellow likely Lottery pick) Joel Embiid. But he finished strong, destroying West Virginia with 41 points, dropping 30 on Oklahoma State and 22 in the Jayhawks' Big 12 semifinal loss to Iowa State. Like Parker, he didn't have a great NCAA showing, scoring just four points in Kansas' loss to Stanford. It won't linger in the minds of scouts, however. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch