When the Kansas Jayhawks added number one recruit Andrew Wiggins on Tuesday, they not only solidified this year's recruiting class as arguably the top class in the nation, as well as Bill Self's finest class at KU, they thrusted themselves into the perhaps the nation's top ranking to begin the 2013-14 season as well as becoming potentially the favorite to win another national championship.
Wiggins, the Huntington WV. prep star has drawn comparisons to LeBron James, Kevin Durant and even Dominque Wilkins and is the most highly sought player to come out of high school since James.
"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 in a statement. "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,"
What has the Jayhawks primed for a big run next season is that even without Wiggins, Kansas would have a loaded class going into 2013-14. With Wiggins, Kansas is freakishly stacked at every position and will blend dynamic new talent with superb returning talent.
All around, it is Self's best recruting class and he'd be the first to point it out and it gives plenty of reason to get excited for the coming season.
"We had an unbelievable class when we signed Brandon (Rush), Mario (Chalmers), Julian (Wright) and Micah Downs (2005-06); that's a big-time class," Self said.
"This one has more upside. Andrew (Wiggins) has a chance to be the first pick in the draft. Joel Embiid goes from being an unranked player to being the top center prospect in the class. He's raw but so gifted physically. Wayne Selden is a McDonald's All-American and top-15 guy. Everybody knows about those three, but they are sleeping on are the other three. Conner Frankamp can play for anyone and so can Brannen Greene. Frank Mason is about as underrated of a point guard as there is in the class. It's been a great recruiting class, but we need to have a great recruiting class because we lost so many guys on a team that did pretty well this year."
The exquisite blend of talent will create a unique dynamic that will allow Self to play with different lineups and matchups. Essentially, he has to feel like a kid in a candy store, or a mad scientist in the lab.
Wiggins will attract so much attention that other players will be able to take aim. However, despite the attention, Wiggins will be able to score in any way he pleases, giving Kansas a very deadly weapon. For, if not for the one and done rule, he'd be guaranteed to be the top pick in next month's NBA Draft.
Greene and Selden will thrive, as they team with Wiggins. Both were highly coveted and will be future stars at the next level.
Frankamp a player who can light up the scoreboard, despite the fact that he was triple and even quadruple teamed in high school, will now have a single defender most times and will become a deadly weapon in his own right.
Meanwhile, the Kansas coaching staff is very high on Mason, who will come and be the distributor that the Jayhawks have needed and distribute will be something that Mason will be sure to enjoy with this group.
If that's not enough, center Joel Embiid is a player who's stock continues to rise dramatically.
The scariest part?
Self has said they could still add another player, likely via transfer.
All in all, even the casual basketball fan has to be giddy to watch this collection of talent and it will undoubtedly be one of the biggest storylines to follow in college basketball next season.