Kansas Jayhawks’ freshman sensation, Andrew Wiggins, added a new featured article in a national publication to his growing portfolio. After the gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated, Wiggins was then featured in GQ.
ESPN the Magazine hit the newsstand this week with Wiggins on the cover, with a featured article inside. This is an impressive trifecta for any star, let alone an 18-year old youngster.
This latest article focused on Wiggins’ drive to improve his weaknesses in attempt to put himself in a position to be drafted very high, if not number one, in the 2014 NBA Draft. Wiggins is willing to put in the work to attain his individual goals while fitting into a strict team oriented system. Coach Bill Self and his staff consider it part of their jobs to prepare Wiggins for the next level while making sure his contributions are positive for the Kansas Jayhawks.
The CBSSports.com Preseason Player of the Year scored 16 points in his Jayhawks debut in an exhibition against the Pittsburgh State Gorillas last Tuesday. Although he looked nervous early, he settled down in the second half.
According to the ESPN article, Wiggins is working on his shooting and ball handling. If he improves in both of these areas, it would not only help his draft stock, but also the Kansas Jayhawks in their quest for their fourth NCAA Championship and the 6th overall national championship in the school’s storied history.
The system at Kansas does not produce prolific scorers but it does produce well rounded basketball players well schooled on the fundamentals on both ends of the court.
If Wiggins can show off his defensive skills, plus maintain his strong skill set he already possesses, can improve on his shooting ball handling, and lead Kansas to another Final Four, there is little doubt he will be a top NBA draft pick.
The national media loves Wiggins at this point. Jayhawk fans just hope the love him just as much after the season as now. That will mean a successful season for Kansas. For now, the national spotlight will continue to shine on Wiggins and Kansas.
It will be interesting to see how many more magazine covers Andrew Wiggins will appear on in the next few months.