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.


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., 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:’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.


Jonathan Andrews 7 months, 1 week 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.


milehighhawk 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Andrew Wiggins will soon replace Chuck Norris & Bill Brasky jokes


Scott Smetana 7 months, 2 weeks 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.


jaybate 7 months, 2 weeks ago

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



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.)


Tony Bandle 7 months, 2 weeks 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 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, one can prepare..or this dynamo!!!


mikehawk 7 months, 2 weeks 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.


Steve Gantz 7 months, 2 weeks 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.


Greg Lux 7 months, 2 weeks 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


jazzhawk 7 months, 2 weeks 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!


Joe Baker 7 months, 2 weeks 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.


REHawk 7 months, 2 weeks ago

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


Hawk8086 7 months, 2 weeks 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.


apeoples410 7 months, 2 weeks ago

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


Hawk8086 7 months, 2 weeks 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.


Evan Bilyeu 7 months, 2 weeks ago

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


clevelandjayhawker 7 months, 2 weeks ago

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


William Blake 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Strength of Schedule VS Global Warming

Premise: A tough SOS prepares a team well for March. It feels logical that a team facing tough opponents all year is more prepared to face tough games in March. Practice makes perfect, right? Until you read MarineHawk above... And while MarineHawk's info may be correct, it only represents an example and does not represent a statistical gnashing of numbers providing a higher level of confidence, similar to stating global warming doesn't exist because a few places had a colder year recently. No disrespect to MarineHawk intended.

Jesse, are you out there?

What is really needed is someone like Jesse to pull a rabbit out of his hat and to crunch the numbers on Jayhawk basketball to tell us if there is a relationship with SOS and our March performance. It wouldn't tell us the answer to a general question about a relationship for teams across America, but it could tell us if there is a relationship concerning Jayhawk basketball. In order to have some merit, a gnashing of numbers should start from the beginning of assessment of SOS on through to last year.


MarineHawk 7 months, 2 weeks ago

However, the late, great Manley suggested convincingly that this is the exception:

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


MarineHawk 7 months, 2 weeks 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.


KULA 7 months, 2 weeks ago

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


Konkis Dongington III 7 months, 2 weeks 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.


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