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Report: Potential No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins to declare for NBA Draft Monday

Mar 30, 2014, 10:29 PM EST

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Andrew Wiggins was always considered a one-and-done at Kansas, it looks like he will make that official on Monday.

Wiggins will declare for the NBA Draft, reports Jeff Goodman at ESPN.

Andrew Wiggins will announce he’s leaving Kansas after one season for the NBA at a news conference on Monday afternoon, sources told ESPN.com.

The school released a statement that the 6-foot-8 freshman from Canada will make an announcement Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

This is the smart move for Wiggins — he does still need to develop his game but he can do that faster in the NBA than he can with limited practice and inferior competition in college. Plus he gets paid to develop and improve.

Wiggins is still in the top two on pretty much every NBA draft board — it’s all about potential and he has a ridiculously high ceiling. Wiggins is incredibly athletic, can create his own shot, can rebound and defends well. His shot needs to be more consistent (35 percent from three) and his handles need to improve, but he has a good work ethic and as those things improve he could become a franchise cornerstone player.

He was the presumptive No. 1 pick coming into the season but took heat from some fans and media when he didn’t live up to unrealistic expectations — but that was never the case with scouts who saw development in the areas of his game they hoped. As the season as Wiggins moved on he got comfortable (and with Joel Embiid out) he really started to assert himself and look like the No. 1 pick. He then had a bad NCAA Tournament game not asserting himself and that is the big question about Wiggins — is his passivity at times just part of his personality or will he mature out of it?

Whether or not Wiggins goes No. 1 may depend on what the doctors say about Kansas teammate’s Joel Embiid’s back more than anything, but Wiggins will not fall below No. 3 in any scenario.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Welcome to the Millionaires Club.

  2. spthegr8 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    SHOCKER!!!!!

  3. grantgoodman93 - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    In my opinion he’s not ready. He’s too raw and isn’t mentally ready either. Personally think he’s gonna get beat up in the league for 2 years, it’ll shoot his confidence, and he’ll never turn into the superstar that he could be with more time. Just my opinion.

    • Maurice Barksdale - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      It doesn’t matter if Andrew Wiggins is ready. His market value is set, and his stock won’t be any higher than it is right now. He will become a millionaire in a few months, and it won’t matter if he’s getting beaten up in the league. Because at least he’ll be getting paid for it instead of playing for no compensation at Kansas.

      And many young players struggle early in their careers. It’s rare for a rookie to just walk into the NBA and take over. Was Kobe ready when he entered the NBA? Was Kevin Garnett? No. Struggling while learning the NBA game is part of the process, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

      • pharohislife - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:30 AM

        Blake Griffin was ready, Yao Ming was ready.

      • Maurice Barksdale - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        Yao Ming was ready. But Yao Ming had already been playing pro ball in China for years before he entered the NBA. He never played one second of college basketball.

        In most countries, the elite basketball prospects are identified early, and their professional training begins in their teens. The United States is one of the only countries that makes its elite young prospects screw around playing college basketball for free.

        And the tradition of college basketball is so engrained in people’s minds that they actually believe that forcing these players to play in college without compensation is the right thing to do. When in reality it’s totally wrong.

        Andrew Wiggins was nothing more than an indentured servant at Kansas. They fed him and gave him a place to live, in return for his services as a basketball player, but paid him nothing. Wiggins would have been the number one pick last year if the NBA had allowed him in, and he would have already been making millions.

        Think about that for a second. Kansas got the services of a player in Wiggins who’s value was already worth millions of dollars, and they didn’t have to pay him any compensation at all. People should be outraged by this. But all most can think about is preserving the entertainment value of their precious college basketball at the expense of these players.

        Yao Ming started training to play pro ball at age 13. That’s why he was ready. But if he were brought up playing in America he would not have been.

      • pharohislife - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:18 AM

        Woah, what was so wrong with what I said I wasn’t disagreeing with him, I actually was agreeing but also giving props to Blake Griffin and Yao Ming who both made the All-Star teams as Rookies. A rare and impressive feat for sure.

      • spursareold - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        Blake Griffin didn’t play the year after his draft because of injury. He had a year to grow accustomed to the NBA, the lifestyle, and to watch live action.

      • pharohislife - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        @spursareold it was still his 1st year playing, and was considered his rookie season, which makes impressive and still rare.

    • trevor123698 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:13 AM

      in my opinion you are a dumbass. I got the order as wiggins, randle, embiid, exum in the top 4..and i know for a fact wiggins is a few years away from taking on a major role

  4. tomtravis76 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    The kid can play, thought he might need more time to develop his game, but why wait when millions are there for you. He reminds me of Jeff Green.

    • trevor123698 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:14 AM

      maybe if jeff green had point guard like body control

      • pharohislife - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:34 AM

        He didn’t necessarily say his actual game reminds him of Jeff Green, I’m thinking he’s talking about the way he plays the game, how he goes about playing the game. Which is non-chalant and from Jeff Green disappointing and frustrating to watch. Wiggins, Don’t be a Jeff Green.

  5. mrtreyseven - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    cant attack a 2-3 zone Stanford exposed that, wonder how that will play out in the league?!?!?!?!?

    • bougin89 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      With defensive 3 seconds in the NBA, Wiggins will be fine.

  6. bballhistorian - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Here comes the money. Here comes the cars. And here comes the h___ (fill in the blank)

  7. sumkat - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:27 AM

    He will not fall past Philly, in any scenario.

    There are specific teams I could see taking someone else (Orlando Embiid, LAL Exum just as few examples), but I agree, no way he slips past 3. At worst, Parker, and depending on the team, 1 other guy, go ahead of him.

    • biasedhomer - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      If Parker is there, LA will pick him over anyone else.

    • bougin89 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM

      The Bucks might need a wing player more than anyone. Depending on when they pick I’m hoping for one of the following players: Wiggins, Smart, Exum.

      Not to say that Parker, Embiid or Randle would be bad choices though. We clearly need best available player, regardless of position. Ideally it would be someone that we could pair effectively with Henson and Giannis though.

  8. khmerson562 - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Wiggins reminded me the other green, Gerald green.

  9. mrtreyseven - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:04 AM

    Blake Griffin was ready he just got hurt his rookie season and didnt play. However he came back the next year, John Wall rookie year and won Rookie of the Year and continued to progress every since then, not to mention he stayed 2 years at Oklahoma where hevwas Player of the Year his Sophomore season, so comparing Wiggins to him is a doesnt even match. As for Yao Ming if you was expecting major production from him, you must havent paid attention to all the guys over 7’3 production in the NBA. Mnute Bol, Greg Merason(spell check) and guys alike havent really setba mark in the league

    • bougin89 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Yao Ming didn’t produce?

      He averaged 21.0 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 2.1bpg per 36 mins for his career. His career per was 23.0. The only thing holding him back from being dominant was the injuries to his feet.

      • casualcommenter - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        Yeah, it’s completely fair to say Yao Ming fell short of expectations due to injury, but to say he wasn’t productive when on the floor is just incorrect.

        While his 8 All-Star selections were inflated a bit due to his background, Ming was a 5-time All-NBA player too, and All-NBA is chosen by sportswriters, not fans.

    • pharohislife - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      Oh clearly @mrtrey you are 7 because you obviously weren’t around at the time Yao Ming was playing. Like @bougin89 said the only thing holding Yao back was injuries, and without the injuries he could’ve easily been one of the Top Centers of All-Time. Some would make a case for him even now.

  10. telldatruth - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    this is not the #1 pick overall

    • bougin89 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Why not? Who deserves to be selected ahead of him?

  11. unxpexted1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I’m just worried when the only “skill” a player seems to have is being an athlete. They say he is a great defender, but who has he shut down worth note? I guess he has the tools to be a good defender. I see him as a Kawaii Leonard, and not sure if thats #1 in the draft worthy.

  12. kwame410 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Me. Kiminski of winsconsin is the no.1 pick

    • bougin89 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      I’m a huge Wisconsin fan but no.

      Unfortunately(but really fortunately as he has really carried us) he might be playing his way straight to the NBA. Otherwise next year the Badgers would be returning everyone except for Ben Brust.

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