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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Andrew Wiggins on midseason Wooden Award Top 25

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins collides with Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono during the first half on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins collides with Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono during the first half on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

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— Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List, the Los Angles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.

Wiggins is one of three Big 12 Conference student-athletes listed - and one of only five freshmen. The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. However, players not chosen to the midseason list are still eligible for the ballot. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wiggins leads Kansas with a 15.2 scoring average, which also leads the Big 12 freshman class and is 10th overall in the conference. The 6-8 Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, guard has five games of 20-plus points and pulled down a season-high 19 rebounds at then No. 8 Iowa State (1/13). Wiggins is 50-of-59 (84.7 percent) from the free throw line in his last 10 games after hitting 10-of-12 charity shots during his 17-point effort in the win versus No. 23 Baylor on ESPN Big Monday. He has made 20 threes this season, leads KU with 17 steals and his 6.1 rebound average is third on the team.

Last season, Kansas’ Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey were named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason and final ballot lists. McLemore went on to be named Wooden Award All-American.

No. 8/11 Kansas is 14-4 overall and the only undefeated team in the 2014 Big 12 Conference race at 5-0 heading into its Saturday, Jan. 25 game at TCU. The Jayhawks have defeated four nationally-ranked teams in each of its last four outings, a feat last accomplished by North Carolina in 1996-97.

The John R. Wooden Award Midseason List was announced on ESPN’s SportsCenter and ESPN.com Wednesday and ESPNU will feature the honorees in a half-hour show at 5 p.m. (Central). For the complete list, go to http://www.woodenaward.com/.

Comments

Phil Leister 7 years, 12 months ago

Wigs is not the best player on this KU team, for what it's worth. He's certainly a top 25 player in the country, but his recognition is still largely based on potential.

I spent this morning watching Wigs' high school/AAU highlights. It sure is strange to be wishing he'd produce so much more than he has, when the guy leads us in scoring, but I wish he'd do for KU what he did in the highlights: drive and dunk, drive and dunk, drive and get fouled. It's difficult to be patient as a fan when he's got such a high ceiling and plays nowhere close to it.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 12 months ago

I believe as the season progresses and he is needed more he will be in attack mode. Right now we are still figuring out our parts and he is being unselfish so that everyone can grow together. Come March, I bet we see more of a killer instinct.

Matthew Pyle 7 years, 12 months ago

I agree 100%. When he is going to the hoop he seems to get stripped (no foul) about half of the time now.

Jim Erickson 7 years, 12 months ago

The fact that Joel Embiid isn't on this list is criminal. That being said, Wiggens deserves to be on the list. He can and has done it all, albeit with few "complete" games. He is capable of scoring 30 points, taking over on defense, and grabbing 17 boards. He could end up being the player of the year IF (obviously a big if) he puts it together.

John Randall 7 years, 11 months ago

Both articles I have seen about the watch list include this qualifier:

" … proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. "

Is there a GPA problem here, or is Joel not enrolled in classes that would lead to a degree? I'm sure the counseling and tutoring are being made available, so what gives?

Of course, there is the possibility the selection committee has their collective head protected from fresh air and sunshine, or isn't willing to name more than one player from a 4-loss team, even one with the highest RPI and SOS in the land.

Benz Junque 7 years, 12 months ago

It's ridiculous that the Wooden Award starts with 50 and then only trims down. Many players crop up over the course of a seasn (EMBIID) that weren't on the radar at the beginning of the year. This only shows how old and antiquated some of these award processes are.

Phil Leister 7 years, 12 months ago

"However, players not chosen to the midseason list are still eligible for the ballot." Pretty clear that athletes not chosen for the list can still make the ballot.

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 12 months ago

Wasnt it at the end of the Baylor game, where Wiggins put heavy pressure on their D at the end of the game by driving, or getting fouled...thus putting his 85% FT shooting on the FT line. Thats a good way to close out a game.

I think Wiggins needs to wear a t-shirt for casual ku fans, ala Thomas Robinson, that says "check my stats".

If Wiggins wasnt here, it would be AW3 + Brannen Greene by committee at the 3position...not bad at all, but hey, Andrew Wiggins wanted to come play at KS, and he established a liking to Selden and Embiid in those high school all-star games prior to choosing. Selden even helped recruit Wiggins to KU! You can see that chemistry now on-court, rare for freshmen. So if he wants to defer to his teammates, I really respect his team-first demeanor. Man, you cannot ask for a overall #1 rated frosh to have a better attitude than Andrew Wiggins does. He has such a bright future!

Len Shaffer 7 years, 12 months ago

I do love his attitude and he seems like a really good guy, but he also seems to be still trying to figure things out. It would be great if he could be a little more aggressive and not so tentative.

Len Shaffer 7 years, 12 months ago

"The Jayhawks have defeated four nationally-ranked teams in each of its last four outings ..."

That's pretty amazing. I'd love to know how KU defeated four teams at the same time for four consecutive game. Or could they possibly mean, "The Jayhawks have defeated A nationally-ranked team in each of its last four outings?"

Jim Erickson 7 years, 12 months ago

Don't under estimate Bill Self... He might be able to do it!

Brian Conrad 7 years, 12 months ago

Wiggins is fantastic! PERIOD ! KU fans whine way to much .. people all over flocking to get into a game this year. real basketball people know how special this team is and too many just cry wanting more ... dang spec of dust on your diamond and all we seem to see is the dust..

this could be the best team we have ever had... think we will look back and say wow these guys all played at KU and I was there... can still remember being in fieldhouse when Phi Slama Jama came in and stomped us by 40 ..

folks at TCU may say hey you remember when that KU team came in and beat us by 34...

watch for Seldon and Wiggins to be on track Sat. IF Embiid , Wiggins , Seldon , Ellis , Tharpe , Black , Traylor , Mason and Greene all had above average game at same time... woooaaaaaa throw in a Frankamp that zeros in full of confidence, think he can be a Phil Forte type guy when it finally clicks.. watch closely every game , years from now we will look back and go what great teams back to back...

Yonatan Negash 7 years, 12 months ago

To put things into perspective and appreciate Andrew Wiggins more, us KU fans need to remember he's only 18 years old

The kid would have been a senior in high school this year, had he not reclassified to come out early.

The older teams KU played early in the season (all 4 teams we lost to), knew and understood the fact he’s only 18 years old.

In my opinion, I would think there is a considerable mental advantage for the average 20+ year old basketball player, who is playing against 18 year old freshmen.

Nonetheless, I love the way Andrew Wiggins has responded to the challenge.

As coach said, playing against Andrew Wiggins is everyone’s Super Bowl. Meaning, teams are going to play against this 18 year old much harder than they would against anyone else.

Andy Tweedy 7 years, 12 months ago

I'm not disagreeing with your point that he's young, but just to clarify, he WAS a high school senior this past year. He reclassified to his original class after being at a prep school. He'll be 19 next month.

Scott Yessen 7 years, 11 months ago

Off subject completely, but what are the odds we get Ellis and Selden back next year?

John Randall 7 years, 11 months ago

Off the top of my head; Black - zero Tharpe - 9:1 Ellis - 9:1 Selden - 7:1 Wiggens - 1:3 Embiid - 1:2 Traylor - 9:1 Frankamp, Greene, Lucas- 10:1 White - 3:1

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