Today was the day that we have all been waiting for. For those that have been following Andrew Wiggins throughout his freshman season at Kansas, his laid back approach and reluctance to take over games despite the indisputable evidence that he has the ability to have drawn concerns.
A lock to become the first overall pick entering his first and only year in the college ranks, many now have mixed opinions on who should go No.1. Wiggins and the Jayhawks traveled to Morgantown to take on West Virginia this afternoon, only to suffer a 92-86 loss. It wasn’t the result that caught people’s eye as much as it was the performance of the uber talented swingman.
Wiggins went off late in the game, finally showing that he had what it takes to take over a game. Kansas made a furious comeback late in the second half to make things interesting, mostly due to 41 points on 18 shots from Wiggins.
His ability to perform in crunch time along with efficiency down the stretch drew reactions across the nation.
#MansGame from Andrew Wiggins today in defeat … 41 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 blocks and 2 assists
— Lang Greene (@LangGreene) March 8, 2014
If your name isn’t Andrew Wiggins, pass the ball to someone named Andrew Wiggins.
— Jesse Kirkwood (@jessekirkwood) March 8, 2014
Where are all these idiot college bball fans that say Andrew Wiggins isn’t worth the hype?
— Jared Brownlee (@BrownleeJared) March 8, 2014
So now we’re on pace for 29 points. Andrew Wiggins would beat Baylor today.
— Ted Harrison (@tedvid) March 8, 2014
Andrew Wiggins will end up being too much in the bracket. KU wins it all..
— Mason S. Myers (@MSMONEONE) March 8, 2014
It wasn’t just the scoring for Wiggins though. He got it done in every facet of the game, showing his overall versatility. Along with his 41 points, he managed to pull down 8 boards, come away with 5 steals, and block 4 shots.
Wiggins will have to continue to impress if his plans are to re-emerge as the consensus first pick, but if today is any indication of things to come, Wiggins may somehow live up to all of that hype coming out of high school.
Just goes to show why tanking is relevant in the NBA.