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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wiggins collects early All-America nod

Blue Team forward Andrew Wiggins gets airborne for a dunk against Red Team center Cole Aldrich during a scrimmage before the basketball campers on Wednesday, June, 19, 2013 at the Horejsi Center.

Blue Team forward Andrew Wiggins gets airborne for a dunk against Red Team center Cole Aldrich during a scrimmage before the basketball campers on Wednesday, June, 19, 2013 at the Horejsi Center.

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Kansas University freshman basketball player Andrew Wiggins has been named 2013-14 preseason All-America by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

The 6-foot-8 guard from Thornhill, Ontario, is joined by Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart, Creighton senior Doug McDermott, Louisville senior Russ Smith and Michigan State junior Adreian Payne.

“This is a great honor, but really means nothing since I have yet to play a game in college,” said Wiggins, who averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists last season for 30-3 Huntington (W. Va.) Prep. “We’re working hard every day to get better as a team and get ready for the season,” Wiggins added.

The country’s No. 1-rated player in the Class of 2013 by every recruiting service was named 2013 Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year in July.

Newberry on list?: KU is recruiting Jeff Newberry, a 6-2, 180-pound sophomore point guard from New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M., Rivals.com reports. Newberry averaged 14.8 points and 4.3 assists per game last season for Northeast Oklahoma Junior College. He spent a year at Mississippi where he redshirted the 2011-12 season.

The Atlanta native, who visited West Virginia in May, will visit LSU this weekend, Memphis on Sept. 13 and Oklahoma State on Oct. 18. He’s also looking at Texas, UCLA, California and others.

Toughest schedule: SI.com’s Andy Glockner on Tuesday lauded KU’s nonconference schedule as the toughest in the country. He listed one school — KU — under the headline “This is how you do it.”

“Yes, yes, 1,000 times yes. And this schedule was in place before the Jayhawks even knew they were getting Andrew Wiggins, so good on them,” Glockner wrote. “Beastly slate. I’m going to watch the heck out of this. Even the ‘easy’ games at home are against quality mids like Iona and Towson. They play Duke in Chicago, play true road games at Colorado and Florida, and also host New Mexico, San Diego State and Georgetown. Love it. Easily the best nonconference schedule in the country. The young, talented Jayhawks will be extremely battle-hardened for the Big 12 race.” To read Glockner’s story, click here.

Comments

Kevin Dongle III 1 year, 1 month ago

Love the SI article and the schedule too. It's a schedule that'll make men out of boys in a month's time. I credit the schedule we played in 2012, in part, for that team's deep run. It gave them a toughness that was lacking in teams that were talented but played middling schedules (2011, 2013, 2006). Always schedule tough, especially with a young team.

KULA 1 year, 1 month ago

Gotta love the schedule. Tough games early can only help later in the season.

Benz Junque 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't think that non-con schedule strength has ANYTHING to do with a team's performance in the tourney at the end of the year. Team's have won titles after playing SOFT non-con's all the time, including Kansas in '08.

What it DOES help is recruiting. To have Kansas be consistently shown and talked about in excellent nationally broadcast matchups keeps the KU brand in front of recruits nationwide. It shows them that no matter where they are from, their friends and and families will be able to tune in and see them play. This schedule puts KU on the mouths every every national analyst.

Alan Dickey 1 year, 1 month ago

Maybe, and nothing wrong with it, but we played a pretty crappy non-con schedule in 2007-08, and ended up winning the Championship! According to KenPom, we didn't play a single team among the top-25 best teams that year in non-con, except for Arizona, which was #25--so no one in the top-24. According to KP, we had the #39th most-difficult non-con schedule that year. I'm not against playing tough and getting tough in non-con, but it may not matter one way or the other that much, as the only time we have won the NC in the last 25 years was when we played chumps in the non-con.

Alan Dickey 1 year, 1 month ago

However, the late, great Manley suggested convincingly that this is the exception: http://sportsinreview.com/blog/?p=7073

I will miss his analysis since he went away. RIP.

ParisHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Interesting that Kansas was often an exception: except against Michigan :(

Looking at the table, it's better to be a 2 seed with a tough schedule than a 1 seed with a tough schedule. Odd.

VaJay 1 year, 1 month ago

Wow, I did not hear about his passing. Just read about it now. That is tragic. The guy was like the Nate Silver of Sports numbers.

Big_Dipper 1 year, 1 month ago

Now I'm interested in checking out the upcoming schedules for Ok St., UK, NC, Duke, and Lou. Thanks.

Jack Wilson 1 year, 1 month ago

Here's I guess the only thing that matters to me .. #1 seeds win the NCAA tournament at an overwhelming percentage vs. non-#1 seeds. Louisville did it last season of course. You don't become a #1 seed with too many losses. If the strong schedule results in too many losses, your chances of winning the title go down significantly.

Therefore, regardless, I don't want a killer schedule. Sure you want some strong opponents, but certainly not as strong as our schedule this season.

clevelandjayhawker 1 year, 1 month ago

This is how you do it..... nah nah nah na nah

Evan Bilyeu 1 year, 1 month ago

Going to be good for this team, going to make them ready to play the really big big 12 games!

Hawk8086 1 year, 1 month ago

Interesting that we are recruiting a Juco PG. You certainly want to recruit the best players you can, regardless of posiition. Also, compeition for playing time is important. Signing another PG would, as it stands now, give us 3 for next year.

dylans 1 year, 1 month ago

There is only one blue chip pg that KU is pursuing right now and it seems he is a Duke lean. The other good point guards are committed for 2014. This started when Mudiay committed to SMU.

jhox 1 year, 1 month ago

I would rather see them go after Tyrone Taylor of Grandview High. He's a legit 6'3"" and I saw him put up 33 points with 8 assists in a Missouri state playoff game last year, all while being face guarded, double and even triple teamed is some instances. He would have had more assists if Grandview had a big man who could finish. He is lightening quick and a good 3 point shooter. I believe he averaged just over 20 a game even though he played with a sprained ankle early in the season, keeping his numbers down.

I would hate to see us miss on the next Alex Burks (same high school) just because Rivals doesn't like to rate local guys high in their rankings, and instead sign a juco guy.

Jack Wilson 1 year, 1 month ago

It is interesting that we're in the market for a Juco PG.

Here's my speculation - Self is looking to cover himself for 2015-16. Tharpe will be gone. We'd have Mason and Frankamp. First, is Frankamp that type of guard (pg)? Maybe not. Second, and this is maybe the answer, Self is covering himself in case of the either Mason or Frankamp transferring, or if Mason or Frankamp aren't the players he/we expect them to be.

Either way, Self is looking 10 steps down the road. Just in case.

Joe Baker 1 year, 1 month ago

You may be onto something HEM. I'm going to hold my views on CF and Mason to prevent the negative banter from bombarding the board today.

Mark Lindrud 1 year, 1 month ago

I've felt all along we need to bring in a PG next year. Connor probably a 2 guard with his shooting ability and there's no guarantee that Frank will be the next guy at the point. He's under sized and it would be nice to get a pg along with a big and a wing. We don't need a big class because we will most likely have a lot coming back, but shall see who decides to go pro because that's always the X factor.

Michael Luby 1 year, 1 month ago

He could also be looking for a backup plan in case our #1 option and package deal doesn't pan out next year.

apeoples410 1 year, 1 month ago

Wiggins is truly special! Love the response! Get the work in boys and the rewards will come later!

hawk316 1 year, 1 month ago

Agreed! Wiggins really seems to have his head screwed on right. He does not appear to be affected by or impressed with all the hype that surrounds him, nor does he seem overly enamored with himself. If appearances hold true, it bodes quite well for his time at KU.

Hawk8086 1 year, 1 month ago

Wow. The preseason All American honor really speaks to the potential of Wiggins. The other 4 have proven themselves. I like his comment about not having played a game.

REHawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Congratulations, Andrew. I look forward to watching you play to the hype.

justanotherfan 1 year, 1 month ago

I like the fact that in that BR article they mention how Perry is dunking on plays he would have shot layups on last season. That was always my biggest criticism of Perry - he didn't finish explosively. Those layups were easy to make in high school against smaller players, but those finishes don't come as easily against bigger, stronger guys. You have to dunk those because D1 players can bother those shots.

I also think that bodes well for Conner Frankamp. I don't think he's going to start exploding to the rim and dunking. I'd actually prefer he not, because his game is at its best when he's squaring up and shooting from distance. However, the overall physical improvement of Ellis points to something that may benefit Conner if he can have a similar improvement to match up with stronger, quicker college players.

I think that also bodes well for the similarly smallish Frank Mason. His game is different from Conner in that he's a slasher, so the extra muscle could help him get to the rim and stay out of the training room.

Joe Baker 1 year, 1 month ago

I really think the key to success will be Tharpe. He's got to take Self's system and direct the team. He will be a big reason Ellis, Selden, and Wigs are successful. He will be the key to the success of the whole team. There may be games when Tharpe's leadership is lacking, and that's when the others go to work. I hope that will be the exception and not the norm. I really think Tharpe and Ellis must lead this team. They bring the others along and allow them to contribute. They seem to have great team chemistry. They all have their minds in the right places.

jazzhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Wiggins took the words right out of Coach Self's mouth. I had to go back to realize it was actually a Wiggins quote! Haha Wiggins is a humble young man and it appears that Coach Self has his team on the right page. Rock Chalk!

Greg Lux 1 year, 1 month ago

As I see it the big difference this year is we have 5 positions with players who can score and score well. This team may be young but they are going to be extremely hard to guard with every position able to score. Also we could lead the league in offensive rebounding %.With AW, Selden, Ellis, Frankamp, Embiid, Greene,plus Tharpe ( should be much improved scorer ) as a few sure scoring potentials it's going to be extremely hard to not have open shots most possessions. Then add our speed on defense and you get extra possessions per game. It's hard to predict just who good and how soon we will jell as a team but, I think is for sure, we have one of the most talented team if not the most talented team in KU history. Let the fun begin.

Rock Chalk

Steve Gantz 1 year, 1 month ago

If that's the toughest non con schedule then it's proof how weak teams are scheduling these days. When I attended KU in the 80's we played and beat Louisville twice the year they won the championship, also played Duke, St. John's (a power at the time), NC State, Kentucky, Arkansas. Even the non majors were tough, George Washington, Wichita St., Pepperdine. And no one then was talking about KU's tough schedule. It was normal for teams to challenge themselves.

I'm glad our's is the toughest this year, but it doesn't look terribly tough to me.

Steve Gantz 1 year, 1 month ago

Well you got the old crank part right! I'm referring to 86, forgot Lousville won earlier. But honestly the only game we have that I would not make a substantial bet on KU winning is Duke. That's it. Iowa is a bottom rung Big10 team. New Mexico at home. Provided we're ready to play, no problem. Obviously in conference we've got some tough games. I don't see a 2nd top 10 team unless you mean Florida. Our 86 schedule was loaded. Look it up!

mikehawk 1 year, 1 month ago

The KU faithful read about this toughest in the country non-conference schedule, but do we really believe we'll experience more losses than we are accustomed? I don't think so. We faithful believe, somehow, we are going to prevail at our current win/loss rate. But, if not, how will we handle the losses in numbers we don't normally experience as spoiled KU fans? Will we be able to look out and see the pot at the end of the post-season rainbow? Not really in our DNA. We get restless and critical quite easily and love to turn on selected players. Point guards have historically been our easy targets. Really, early losses will help us and we are going to have to be patient.

Tony Bandle 1 year, 1 month ago

The latest edition of "Over The Hill But Still Game" has just rerleased it's presason All-American list and surprisingly, the posters of KUsports.com have swept the honors.

Point guard, HEM based on his heady, steady comments!!!!

Shooting guard, The Ralster Man, quick on the draw and accurate from DDEEEEEPPP!!!

Center, Jaybate, The big man with the big vocabulary and even the bigger posts....DOMINATION!!

Drgnslayr, shooting forward....quick and versatile, either inside or outside but smart enough to stay out of the big trees!!!

Power Forward..BigManU, like his title, the ultimate Tower of Power!!!

Coach, StupidMichael...no one can prepare..or worry..like this dynamo!!!

jaybate 1 year, 1 month ago

Hardwood Pictures presents a Jimmy Films Production of William Self's...

THE SCHEDULE

starring

Perry Ellis • Naadir Tharpe • Wayne Selden • Andrew Wiggins • Tarik Black

and co-starring

Jamari Traylor • Brannen Greene • Conner Frankamp • Joel Embiid • Landen Lucas

and introducing

Frank Mason

with red shirt Andrew White III and transfer Hunter Michelson

and cameos by Justin Wesley, Evan Manning, Niko Roberts, and Tyler Self

"Fully embraces Andrew Wiggins' potential for greatness." -- dragonslayr

"No fallacies with this schedule. Rational scheduling by Self. It's logic rocks! But don't expect a subplot with more than a 7-8 man rotation. --HEM

"This schedule is a Murderer's Row list!!!" --OakvilleJHawk

"Action-adventure hoops at its most brutal!" -- ralster

"Meh." --Brock

"Even Bo Ryan would respect this schedule for a B1G warm-up!" --wissox

"I can't think of a better schedule for preparing a team for supervisors of officials telling their referees to limit their foul calling to keep games from running to long!" --Jay BilasPrime

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)

Steve Gantz 1 year, 1 month ago

And a cameo by coach consonents and his merry band of smashballers.

Mark Lindrud 1 year, 1 month ago

I swear, who do you have to screw to get in film credits around here?

Scott Smetana 1 year, 1 month ago

Seriously, this guy gets no hype. I think we should step it up for him and go ahead and retire his jersey at Late Night.

milehighhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

Andrew Wiggins will soon replace Chuck Norris & Bill Brasky jokes

Jonathan Andrews 1 year, 1 month ago

Payne is a senior, and HUGELY overrated to make this elite list. Austin and McGary will both be better, and you could even consider Cauley-Stein.

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