Andrew Wiggins announced this morning he will be a Jayhawk next season.
Andrew's brother Nick is a senior-to-be for Wichita State, but the Shockers were considered a long-shot at best to get the top-rated younger brother.
For the University of Kansas, this is a big win, as the Jayhawks are looking to replace their top five scorers from last season.
It was also a bit of surprise.
“This was a pleasant surprise because we never had an idea which way he was leading. Andrew did this the exact way he said he was going to," said Head Coach Bill Self. "He played his cards very close to his vest as did his mother and father. I knew we were one of four. The competition was very stiff and we were fortunate that we were able to ink him today. He’s a tremendous talent and a terrific kid. Probably an even better kid than he is a talent. We think he has a chance to be about as good a prospect as we’ve ever had."
The top returning player for KU is Wichita-native Perry Ellis. Wiggins will immedietaly step in and become one of, if not the, focal point of the team.
“He brings athleticism, length, scoring ability and he’s also an assassin, an alpha dog and we definitely need that when you have a whole bunch of young kids,” Self said. “I think he’s going to be not just a good player, but have the chance to be a great one. I know the people that support our program are going to be pleasantly surprised when they see him run and play the very first time he gets the opportunity.”
Wiggins joins an already highly-touted Kansas class with Brannen Greene (F, 6-7, 200, Monroe, Ga./Tifton HS), Joel Embiid (C, 7-0, 220, Cameroon/Gainesville, Fla./The Rock School), Conner Frankamp (G, 6-0, 160, Wichita, Kan./Wichita North HS), Frank Mason (G, 5-11, 180, Petersburg, Va./Massanutten Military Academy) and Wayne Selden (G, 6-5, 225, Roxbury, Mass./Tilton [N.H.] School). Greene, Embiid, Frankamp and Selden are ranked in the top 40 according to rivals.com, while Mason is ranked in the top 100.
Quotes courtesy of KU Athletics.