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Top prospect Andrew Wiggins chooses Kansas

Bill Self says Wiggins ‘an alpha dog and we definitely need that … ’

Huntington Prep basketball player Andrew Wiggins smiles along side his mother Marita Payne-Wiggins, right, as he announces his commitment to Kansas University during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at St. Joseph High School in Huntington W.Va. The Canadian star, a top prospect, averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia's Huntington Prep.

Huntington Prep basketball player Andrew Wiggins smiles along side his mother Marita Payne-Wiggins, right, as he announces his commitment to Kansas University during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at St. Joseph High School in Huntington W.Va. The Canadian star, a top prospect, averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia's Huntington Prep.

May 14, 2013, 11:11 a.m. Updated May 14, 2013, 3:34 p.m.

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KU coach Bill Self talks about signing of Andrew Wiggins

Kansas coach Bill Self discusses the signing of top-ranked Andrew Wiggins on May 14, 2013. Enlarge video

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Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 prospect in the high school recruiting Class of 2013, on Tuesday said he’d be attending Kansas University on basketball scholarship.

The news was reported by Grant Traylor, a sports writer for the Herald-Dispatch newspaper in Huntington, W. Va., in a tweet on Tuesday morning. Later Tuesday afternoon, KU coach Bill Self announced in a release that Wiggins had signed a letter-of-intent with KU.

Wiggins, a 6-7 senior forward from Huntington (W. Va.) Prep, chose KU over Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina.

"Obviously, everyone in Jayhawk-land is overwhelmed and excited today,” Self said. “This was a pleasant surprise because we never had an idea which way he was leading. Andrew did this the exact way he said he was going to. He played his cards very close to his vest as did his mother and father. I knew we were one of four. The competition was very stiff and we were fortunate that we were able to ink him today. He’s a tremendous talent and a terrific kid. Probably an even better kid than he is a talent. We think he has a chance to be about as good a prospect as we’ve ever had.

“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. 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.”

Self said Tuesday afternoon that he learned about Wiggins' decision like many KU fans did: through Twitter.

Wiggins, who is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists last season for 30-3 Huntington Prep.

Wiggins joins previous KU 2013 signees Brannen Greene, Joel Embiid, Conner Frankamp, Frank Mason and Wayne Selden.

"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. This one has more upside," Self said. "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.”

Comments

justanotherface 1 year, 3 months ago

Another one and doner... No thanks.

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Jeff Kilgore 1 year, 3 months ago

This is the top comment? justanotherface, no thanks to YOU!

What an incredible signing! Can't wait for 2013-14!!!!!!!

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Kent Noble 1 year, 3 months ago

What are you smoking. One of the best High School Basketball Players to come out of High school and commit to KU! This by far is one of the best not if the best recruits Bill Self has ever gotten. I can't wait to watch him beside Wayne Selden, you got to be kidding me!!! Rock Chalk Jayhawk and Bill Self Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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webmocker 1 year, 3 months ago

"justanotherface 1 hour, 36 minutes ago Another one and doner... No thanks."

You care enough about KU basketball to post first, but your instinct is negativity towards a young man who wants to play for the team you purport to care about. Sad.

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rgh 1 year, 3 months ago

Bet you change your mind if he leads us to a title. Bill doesn't like them leaving after one year either but he needs to get the best players available. Leaving after one year is out of his hands and no one can guarantee any player will stay all 4 years.

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Gerry Butler 1 year, 3 months ago

no thanks what? i KNOW your not sayin you don't want wiggins. REALLY? telme this, were you one of a handful of bandwaggoners on the BIG BLUE bus? when it looked liked things may be a little down you was bailing? well bail let me help you. for you to make that statment is just crazy. if bill self wats to take one and dones i think he has JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE KNOWLEDGE about players to take the one and done man i need some of the stuff your smokin lol. welcome to the phog Andrew GO HAWKS

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Currahee 1 year, 3 months ago

Why did this trash have to be the first comment. Anyone who wants to be a jayhawk athlete should be welcomed with open arms- especially if they chose KU over other prestigious schools.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 3 months ago

You mean the one that broke the freshman scoring record that was 25 years old?

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webmocker 1 year, 3 months ago

Oletimer apparently thinks Ben McLemore caused more problems than say, Tyshawn.

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CalitoNY 1 year, 3 months ago

Oletimer you aren't a KU fan!! This kid is awesome and deserves respect!! GO ANDREW!

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frank mcguinness 1 year, 3 months ago

Rock Chalk Andrew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Will Babbit 1 year, 3 months ago

So you'd prefer we didn't have BMac last year?

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douglas6280 1 year, 3 months ago

If you want to be the best you have to recruit with the best -- this is a huge "get" for Coach Self and his staff.

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BigDog 1 year, 3 months ago

Welcome to the Jayhawk Nation .... Andrew!

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Shawn Van Ross 1 year, 3 months ago

ROCK CHALK!!!!! What a pick up!!!!

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jonas_opines 1 year, 3 months ago

I think at multiple points I expressed the desire for him to just pick UK and be done with it. But he chose us, which I didn't expect him to do, so I'll enjoy watching him play and hope sincerely that we have a player like McLemore, and not one like Selby.

It was going to be a fun team to watch regardless, and it will continue to be one.

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Jeff Kilgore 1 year, 3 months ago

There is no comparison, just no comparison. If you have any prior knowledge about Andrew, you'll realize that he's on track to become one of the great basketball players of all time. He's already better, much better than any current college basketball player, a young man who comes around every other decade or so. This is the opinion of every analyst in the country.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 3 months ago

I've followed enough to know all of that.

I was referring quite a bit more to his attitude and how he jelled with the team.

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jhawk1998 1 year, 3 months ago

I just high-fived a complete stranger over the news. Rock Chalk! Welcome Mr. Wiggins

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onceajhawkalwaysajhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

Good decision for all! He plays great defense and is a super fast transition player. Fits Selfs style perfectly! ROCK CHALK!

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JBsJAYHAWKS 1 year, 3 months ago

Welcome Andrew - we look forward to watching you play for the Crimson and Blue - as well as the rest of our wonderful recruits and returning players - let's enjoy this Jayhawk Nation and Congrats to Coach Self and the staff - Rock Chalk

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JBsJAYHAWKS 1 year, 3 months ago

PS - let's up the tempo, we have the horses and greyhounds to do it - the "Running Jayhawks???"

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jesse499 1 year, 3 months ago

We already make most teams look like their playing in slow motion!

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riverdrifter 1 year, 3 months ago

Of the four coaches he had to pick from, he chose the most demanding and difficult one to play for. That is to be admired becuase as good as he is, Andrew is apparently still willing to be coached.

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Calvin Mabry 1 year, 3 months ago

I actually thought he would choose FSU but am delighted he picked the Jayhawks. Congratulations to Coach Self and the staff and more importantly, to Andrew himself. I enjoyed watching Ben this year and will enjoy watching Andrew in the upcoming season. Rock Chalk!

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jridenour 1 year, 3 months ago

No twang...He's a Canadian who just went to a basketball only prep school in W Virginia

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Scott Tichenor 1 year, 3 months ago

It's the web, there's always a bigger idiot (see first post).

Welcome! Looking forward to basketball season. Is football season over yet??? :)

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martyks 1 year, 3 months ago

That video of him putting the ball behind his back as he went up to dunk it... it's just eye popping. Was that an 8 foot rim? It was like he didn't even have to gather himself to jump.

Carmelo Anthony... and a UK kid named Davis, I believe it was... those were one and doners too... I'm assuming we're going to have a great shot at the Final Four. Of course, we do need to continue our streak of Big XII championships. I saw the road sign the other day on I-70 for K-State's 2013 Big XII Basketball Championship. That's just embarrassing. We don't need to share that ever again! It's humiliating.

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Satirical 1 year, 3 months ago

Andrew Wiggins nickname should be ENDER

This would be perfect because he "ends" game, and because Ender is the nickname of the character Andrew Wiggin (no 's') from the book, and soon to be movie, "Ender's Game."

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blackmild33 1 year, 3 months ago

KU WILL BE EVERY A BETTER TEAM NEXT YEAR

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Tony Kisner 1 year, 3 months ago

I wonder if Andy is thinking about taking a comparitive lit class. If he does maybe we can study together. Hope so.

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CalitoNY 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you Andrew for choosing KU!! You will soon see why this is the best school for basketball, the best coach for basketball and you will have so much fun this year on campus! We are excited and can't wait to watch your majic happen along with the others in the recruiting class! Congratulations Coaches for a job well done!! Love KU!!!

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