Wiggins era begins

October 29, 2013


The cover of Sports Illustrated. Shirtless, hanging from a rim in GQ magazine. Jamming nasty dunks — 360, between the legs, behind the back, you name it — all over YouTube. On mock NBA drafts as the likely No. 1 pick.

Is there anywhere Andrew Wiggins hasn’t been spotted yet?

Oh, yeah, playing in an actual college basketball game.

That changes tonight, when the 6-foot-8 freshman guard — the nation’s top high school recruit — and the Kansas University men’s basketball team face their first opponent of the season. Tipoff for the exhibition game against Pittsburg State is 7 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.

Wiggins isn’t the only highly rated member of KU’s six-deep freshman class, just the highest rated. Joel Embiid, Conner Frankamp, Brannen Greene, Frank Mason and Wayne Selden bring impressive credentials to their exhibition debuts as well. But most of the hype centers around Wiggins, the Canadian freshman.

No. 22 jerseys and T-shirts have been moving steadily at Lawrence athletic gear stores, managers say. If you have one, wear it while you can — nobody expects the Wiggins era at KU to be a long one.


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