Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

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    Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

    So, who is Andrew Wiggins?

    A primer on the premier player By Eye on College Basketball staff| CBSSports.com 

    May 14, 2013 12:29 pm ET 

    Andrew Wiggins just chose his college and is already seen as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. (USATSI) Andrew Wiggins just chose his college and is already seen as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. (USATSI)

    You've heard the kid's name a lot in the past 48 hours, and if you're a college hoops die-hard, you've known about Wiggins for at least a year. Let's get to the rundown on Wiggins so you can be more informed on a player who's likely to become a superstar in college and is currently seen as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

    The surprise regarding Tuesday's decision: Why didn't he pick Florida State? His dad, former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins, went there. As did Mom (Marita Payne), who competed in the Olympics. And, a prospect named Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who happens to be Wiggins' good friend, is also going to ball for Leonard Hamilton. The KU pick speaks to Wiggins; he's a bit mysterious and keeps a lot close to the vest. Kansas was considered the third favorite, behind FSU and Kentucky. Yet he's headed to Lawrence.

    The basics on Wiggins:

    DOB: Feb. 23, 1995 (in Toronto).

    Height: 6 feet, 8 inches

    Weight: 195 pounds

    Stat line: 23.4 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.6 BPG, 2.5 APG, 2.4 SPG

    Position: Combo forward

    Awards: 2013 Naismith Prep Player of the Year and Gatorade National Player of the Year

    High School: Huntington Prep School (Huntington, W.V.)

    AAU team: CIA Bounce (Anthony Bennett, Tyler Ennis, Rathan-Mayes have also played for Bounce)

    A year early. Last October, Wiggins reclassified to the Class of 2013. He was originally on pace to graduate in 2014, which would've made Duke's Jabari Parker the No. 1 recruit in this class. Why, it wasn't even a year ago that Sports Illustrated proclaimed Parker to be the best prep recruit since LeBron James. Now he's not even the best in his class. The Wiggins-Parker storyline is one that I'd like to keep an eye on, though. Both will be on teams playing with good Final Four hopes.

    He doesn't like attention. No, it's true! And that adds to the irony of this. Wiggins has taken a really long time to decide, but he made his pick in relatively private quarters on Tuesday, signing a letter of intent while surrounded by family and classmates -- and just one media member. We should note that Kansas is a heavy college hoops media market, though. Wiggins will be stepping into a whole new kind of life a few months from now.

    Skill set. Well, being the No. 1 overall recruit in this class and perceived as the best in a decade, naturally, Wiggins does so many things well. Watch the video below as proof. One thing that stands out to me: The kid cracks off the floor and adjusts his body to dunk with such ease. And he's a premier defender. The dunks get the lion's share of the video, but Wiggins will be one of the best without the ball next season, too. At this moment, defense is his forte.

     

    He's not LeBron James. Just because he's considered the best prospect since James doesn't mean he has the same game. Wiggins most certainly doesn't, and no one (thankfully) has gone so far as to say Wiggins will be as good/better than James. He's a tantalizing athletic prospect with a natural feel for the game. Though his body has matured, his game has a ways to go before he's truly elite. James was better at this point than Wiggins is.

    The real deal. Wiggins has been at the top of his class list since he was ranked, though. He was No. 1 for 2014 for a few years until he switched to 2013. Part of his decision to go to Kansas could be loosely attached to the fact his brother, Nick, will be a senior at Wichita State. The schools are a little more than two hours apart.

    One last thing to know. Beyond the talent is a continuing trend of something pretty positive. Wiggins -- like Parker, like Kevin Durant, like Greg Oden, like a lot of top prospects in recent years -- is pretty humble. Talented but not brash. He's not concerned with his image and keeps to himself. You'll inevitably read more about this. The nature of recruiting coverage in 2013 means a lot of players receive a lot of attention and are propped up from their early teens. Many don't handle it well or the right way. Wiggins seemingly does, and it's really important to future players to see the way that some of the best have gone about being the best. It's a new model, one that a lot of people didn't think was possible in AAU culture.

     
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    Here's Why People Are Calling Andrew Wiggins The Next LeBron James 

     

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    No. 1-ranked high school basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins committed to Kansas today.

    The 18-year-old from Toronto is widely considered the best high school prospect in years. Some say he's the best since Greg Oden in 2007, while more bullish scouts say you have to go back to LeBron James in 2003.

    Here's why:

    1. He's a genetic freak. Wiggins is 6'8". He is long like Kevin Durant. He can dunk like a young Tracy McGrady, as evidenced by his insane highlight videos on YouTube. ESPN's Myron Medcalf summed it up like this, "He's a member of that LeBron James genetic pool. The players whom competitors can't simply overcome with hard work alone. They're gifted. Unique."

    2. He's got skills. There are plenty of NBA role players who are 6'8" and get by on pure, freakish athleticism. Wiggins is special because he has the skill to go along with it. He averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 58% in his senior year of high school.

    3. He plays defense. What sets LeBron apart is that he's as good of a defender as he is a scorer. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress wrote a glowing write up of Wiggins' defense, "Defensively, Wiggins has all the tools to be a game-changing presence, with his terrific size, length, frame and quickness."

    4. He has room to grow. Wiggins still isn't a great ball-handler, his jump-shot isn't there yet (neither was LeBron's), and some say he just goes through the motions against lesser opponents. So right now, he's no where close to LeBron's level. But one scout told SI, "He has the highest ceiling I've seen in high school for a long time."

    5. He'd be the No. 1 pick. An NBA scout told ESPN's Chad Ford that Wiggins would be picked No. 1 if he was eligible this year. He also said that Wiggins would be picked above Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, and Kyrie Irving if he had been in those drafts.

    There are typically two types of NBA prospects — guys with raw athletic ability but limited skill, and guys with lots of skill but limited talent. Like Durant and James before him, Wiggins has shown that he has both, and the basketball world is enamored.

    Wiggins is a different player than LeBron. He's not as big or physical. But in terms of hype at a young age, it's an apt comparison.

     
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    The C's would have to make some drastic changes to have a shot at the number one pick in next years draft.

    Wiggins would certainly make the re-build years fun to watch!

     
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    Looks like they are  well on the way to getting a shot at Wiggins.

    Few if any changes ahead.

    Year 7 of a 3 year plan awaits us.

    Pud

     
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    Andrew Wiggins Highlights: This Kid Is Sick

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    Andrew Wiggins Highlights This Kid Is Sick

    In case you're not familiar with the phenomenal Andrew Wiggins, here's a quick rundown: he's from from Toronto, he was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year for 2013, and he's probably the best, most promising high school basketball player we've seen since the Thunder's Kevin Durant or the Heat's LeBron James.

    Florida State, Kentucky, Kansas and North Carolina are candidates to land the 6-8 Canadian forward from Huntington (W.Va.) Prep.

    NBA scouts are already losing their mind over what's possible for Wiggins in the next 10 years or so.

     
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    Re: Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

    Hops galore!

     
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    Re: Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

    In response to Fierce34's comment:

    Didn't work for the Celts in 1997 when they were after Duncan.

    Lightning struck twice in 2007 when the Celts missed out on Oden and Durant.




    Fierce that means the C's are due! Could you imagine getting this kid! Wow!!

    On the flip side, what are the other alternatives?

     
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    Didn't work for the Celts in 1997 when they were after Duncan.

    Lightning struck twice in 2007 when the Celts missed out on Oden and Durant.

     




    Fierce that means the C's are due! Could you imagine getting this kid! Wow!!

     

    On the flip side, what are the other alternatives?

     



    Agree.

     

    That's why KG must retire officially and Pierce waived or amnestied.

     



    DA could go all in - trade RR to the Bobcats (might have to take T. Thomas) for their 2014 draft pick! He could also select a project in this years draft Gobert, Saric, or Adetokunbo.

    Continue to develop AB, Sully, Green, and Melo.

    Without PP, KG, and RR the C's slip into the lotto for sure. That would give the C's 2-shots at Wiggins!

     
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    Re: Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

    The C's drafted Andrew Who?

     
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    Re: Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

    Get Wiggins Danny, and I will move to Boston and buy season tickets!

     
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    Re: Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

    Even if Pierce and KG are both gone and Danny makes no trades it is unlikely we'd be one of the 5 worst teams.

    Rondo (even being otld to take his sweet time to return), Avery, Lee, Terry, Green, Sully, Bass and ______ at C will still be competitive enough to fight for the 8th seed.

    The good news is, that there have been a few examples lately of teams in that 6-10 range landing the #1 overall pick. Portland in '07 and the Bulls in '08 come to mind.

    That is the only way we get this kid.

     
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    Re: Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

    NO !

    Look what happened to the Knicks when they waited around for LeBron

     

     
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    NO !

    Look what happened to the Knicks when they waited around for LeBron

     



    What is the alternative? Stay the course! Be a 7th or 8th seed for the next several years! 

    Boring - when you see a brass ring, at a minimum, you should attempt to grab it!

     

     

     
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    My dream scenario would be get Carter-Williams in this years draft, trade Rondo and our 2014 pick to move up to get this kid.  Then we have a nucleus moving forward of Carter-Williams, Wiggins, Sully, and Green - good young nucleus and with those rookie contracts you'll have plenty of room to add a free agent or two.

     
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    In response to PHX85014's comment:

     

    NO !

    Look what happened to the Knicks when they waited around for LeBron

     

     



    You are correct!

     



    Don't be afraid to fail:

     

    List of Lincoln's failures

    A common list of the failures of Abraham Lincoln (along with a few successes) is:

    • 1831 - Lost his job
    • 1832 - Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature
    • 1833 - Failed in business
    • 1834 - Elected to Illinois State Legislature (success)
    • 1835 - Sweetheart died
    • 1836 - Had nervous breakdown
    • 1838 - Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
    • 1843 - Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
    • 1846 - Elected to Congress (success)
    • 1848 - Lost re-nomination
    • 1849 - Rejected for land officer position
    • 1854 - Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
    • 1856 - Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President
    • 1858 - Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate
    • 1860 - Elected President (success)

    That looks like a pretty glum résumé, making you wonder how he ever made it to the top. But when you really think of it, to run for office or high positions so many times, you have to have something on the ball and have more successes than meet the eye.

     
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    My dream scenario would be get Carter-Williams in this years draft, trade Rondo and our 2014 pick to move up to get this kid.  Then we have a nucleus moving forward of Carter-Williams, Wiggins, Sully, and Green - good young nucleus and with those rookie contracts you'll have plenty of room to add a free agent or two.



    Bingo!! What ever it takes!! This kid is scary good! 

     
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    Re: Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

    We would have to have to trade Rondo, Green and start Melo to be that bad to have a chance at Wiggins. The Globe's server would crash from the posts in this forum.

     
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    We would have to have to trade Rondo, Green and start Melo to be that bad to have a chance at Wiggins. The Globe's server would crash from the posts in this forum.



    Especially if the Cs got Wiggins!

     
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    Re: Should Cs Position Themselves for a Shot at Andrew Wiggins (2014)?

      David Stern wouldn't send the #1 pick to Boston anyway.

     
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