In what coach Bill Self promised will be the last extensive media access to freshman sensation Andrew Wiggins–a guard from Ontario, Canada, who is widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NBA Draft–ESPN The Magazine today rolled out its cover and feature story.
The story, photographs and a video interview of Wiggins by basketball commentator Jay Bilas can be found here: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/9893495/kansas-jayhawks-andrew-wiggins-plans-make-most-freshman-year-espn-magazine.
In the story, Wiggins said that he chose Kansas in part because his brother Nick is a senior at Wichita State–”What does Kansas have that UNC doesn’t have? My brother’s an hour and 30 minutes away”–and because he felt a family atmosphere within the KU basketball program. “When I say that Kansas all rolls as one unit, they all roll as one unit,” Wiggins said in the article. “Like, everyone. They never leave anybody out.”
In his video interview with Bilas, Wiggins confirmed that he intends to spend only one year at KU. Asked by Bilas about his goals for the year, Wiggins responded, “Win another championship, a national championship. Following Anthony Bennett’s footsteps and going No. 1.” Bennett, also a Canadian, was last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, by the Cleveland Cavaliers, after his freshman year at UNLV. Asked by Bilas, “So that’s a goal of yours, is at the end of this season to put your name in the draft and be the No. 1 pick?”, Wiggins responded, “If that’s possible, if I can, yeah.”
As for expectations created by the magazine covers and even a photo spread in GQ, Wiggins said, “I feel them, but I never let it get to me.”