You'd better believe people were jumping for joy in Lawrence, Kansas on Tuesday. Rock, chalk, Jayhawk country was jubilant as Kansas was the winner in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes.
What a winner Kansas they are. I have seen Wiggins play in person and he is so special, so talented. I was blown away by him.
Many times you hear about these superstar scholastic players and they are so hyped. Sure, they are good, but are the expectations too much?
That is not the case for Mr. Wiggins. He is the real deal, legit and better than advertised. I remember saying that when I called LeBron James' high school game with Bill Walton on ESPN. I went there with apprehension and felt that he could not be anywhere near the player that I read about.
Well, my friends, he was even better. Five minutes into the game, I turned to Walton and to Dan Shulman, who was doing play-by-play, and said that King James was even better than he press clippings. I feel the same way here.
He is so explosive, with a great first step to the basket. I think fans are in for a real treat.
Bill Self now has a legit top 10 team at Kansas. This may be the best recruiting class that Self has put together in Lawrence and that is saying a lot. Consider he had a group with Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers that was exceptional, and this group has the potential to be even better.
Selden is a McDonald's All-American. Embiid and Greene have a world of potential up front. Frankamp and Mason will be factors in the backcourt. Then add Perry Ellis as a sophomore, who has the potential to be a star after an up-and-down freshman campaign.
The real star of stars will be Wiggins. He will be the next superstar to put on that Jayhawk uniform, and Allen Field House will be rocking and rolling, baby!
He will be a one-and-done, but it should be a magical season in Lawrence with him there. The fans will love watching him play, plus he is a quality young man.
I think Wiggins surprised a few people with his decision. I know a lot of people thought he would go to Florida State and follow the footsteps of his mom and dad, who were terrific athletes while wearing the Seminole colors.
Powerhouses like Kentucky and North Carolina were also in the running. When it was all said and done, the call came in loud and clear for Kansas
The beat goes on for the dominant team in the Big 12. I think Self will be smiling on Friday night as one of the honorees at our gala to raise money for the V Foundation in the battle against cancer. He will be strutting around like a winner, as he should.