Wiggins makes Kansas an instant threat

Kansas now has one of the top recruiting classes in the country, and with Andrew Wiggins are a legit Final Four threat.

No one, well at least no one in their right mind, has ever questioned Bill Self as a coach, and up until about 16 months ago no one ever questioned him as a recruiter either. However a few big recruiting misses early in the 2011 class had people questioned what was up in Lawrence. Well since that point the Jayhawks nabbed Ben McLemore late in 2011, kept Perry Ellis in-state in 2012, and now in 2013 have brought in an elite class headed by Andrew Wiggins in 2013.

At 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, Wiggins is an elite kid who flat out can do everything on the basketball court. No matter how deep any program in the country is at the wing, Wiggins would have started, and that is obviously great news for the Jayhawks.

While Kansas had some talented wings already slated to be in Lawrence like Andrew White, Brannen Greene, and Wayne Selden, Wiggins gives what will be one of the youngest teams in the nation some much needed star power.

The Jayhawks lose as much as any team in the country with the graduation of Travis Releford, Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, and Kevin Young along with the early departure of McLemore, but now all looks right in the world in Lawrence.

No two prospects will have more to do with the success of Kansas this season than Selden and Wiggins, and that is impressive because they complement each other nicely. Selden is a bull going to the rim who can just flat out scorer. Also Selden has that scorer's mentality.

That is important because for all of his greatness on the court, Wiggins doesn't have that natural disposition to be dominate the ball and do everything he can to score. Instead Wiggins will do a bit of everything. First of all he will be the best defender in the nation, then he will add in solid scoring punch combined with high level passing ability as well.

Add in that when you surround Wiggins and Selden with a guy like Conner Frankamp who is one of the elite shooters and Ellis who can score down low off the post, and it makes the Jayhawks very tough to defend.

Finally with Wiggins, Kansas has the potential to be one of the truly special defensive teams in the country. Joel Embiid might be the best shot blocker in the class of 2013 and that should immediately translate at the college level, as has been noted Wiggins is an elite defender, and then Naadir Tharpe when he is in also a good on ball defender along with Selden who is someone who also is versatile and athletic enough to be excellent on defense.

On nights where the young team struggles to get into a flow offensively, Wiggins and the defense will provide that extra lift to keep Kansas not only in the game, but likely in control because they will not only be able to take away the rim, but take away the perimeter as well.

Overall Wiggins will spend one year at Kansas, but there is no question that he will have a huge impact on the team. Any time you have the best player on the court you have a great chance to win, and that is exactly the position that Kansas will be in next season.


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