First Sports Illustrated, now Gentleman’s Quarterly.
Kansas Jayhawk phenom freshman Andrew Wiggins appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated earlier this month, now he is now featured in an article in the latest edition of GQ.
All in the life of the average freshman. Yeah, right. Andrew Wiggins may be a lot of of things but the average college freshman he is not.
So far in his brief time on campus, Wiggins has not shied away from the spotlight. As the Kansas Jayhawks gear up for the beginning of the 2013-2014 basketball season with an exhibition game against Pittsburg State this Tuesday, Wiggins is doing all he can to turn the full attention of the college basketball world on Lawrence, Kansas. All before he has played a minute of college ball.
Just how good Andrew Wiggins will be on the court for the Jayhawks is yet to be seen. It seems impossible for him to be able to live up to all the hype that surrounds him, no matter how well he and his teammates play.
It seems harsh to expect so much from an 18-year old kid but he doesn’t seem affected much by all the attention. He tries to distance himself from the comparisons to NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
He has already been selected by CBSSports.com as the Preseason Player of the Year. More accolades are sure to follow before the season even gets fully going. The key for Wiggins and the Jayhawks is if Wiggins is in the hunt for those post season awards.
He is being drafted first in the 2014 NBA Draft before he plays a minute of college ball. He is being ordained the best non professional player in the game before he has made one trip up and down the court.
Now he has been featured by two prestigious national publications, and one of them isn’t even a sports magazine.
Jayhawk fans are eager to see Wiggins actually play on the court. They are also anxious that he doesn’t fall on his face while in the national spotlight, taking his team down with him.
Everyone has to hope Wiggins is as good as advertised, which is nearly an impossible task. At the very least, Kansas followers hope that Bill Self will be able to shield his young charge and the rest of the team from the circus that is sure to follow Wiggins’ every move, and that of his teammates.
It will be exciting to witness Wiggins’ collegiate career, no matter how brief. Hopefully, Andrew Wiggins will live up to the hype.