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This question could be: will Wiggins score between 25% to 30% of KUs points? I don't know if that would be a good thing. Wiggins will have his games and his numbers will be high, but with defenses keying onto him, the other guys are going to have their turn to pour it in. Also, Self likes a balanced attack. Will Air Canuck get to pull the trigger an average of 16 times a game, which is about would he'd need to average above 18 points? I hope not. I'd rather that Wiggins stays around a Rushesk 14-15 per game and the other 7 players in the rotation average another 2-4 points a game.
Last time I remember someone averaging more than 18 was Sherron in 09. That was because the options were thin and he had to shoot a lot. Something that I don't think bothered him.
One more thing .. As young as we are we can't be worse with Tharpe and Mason then we were with EJ last year. Every coach must make choices at tough times. Sometimes they work out great and sometimes like last year against Michigan in the last 3 minutes they totally fail. Having EJ in the game because he was a senior turned out to be a total disaster. I can't remember how many turnovers EJ had in the last 3 minutes but at least 3 and I think 4 is more likely. Plus his missing the front end of the one and one ( making the first would have given us a 4 point lead with little time left. No one will ever know if Tharpe would have down better but its almost a certainty that he could not of done worse then EJ. Don't get me wrong I liked EJ a lot but he just was to loose with the ball and in the Michigan game it cost us finally. Tharpe and Mason should do a great job running the point this year. I can't wait to get start and wash that horrible taste out of my mouth from last years NCAA loss.
I predict 18+ because of the following reasons.
Offensive rebounds and putbacks
Balanced offensive team. With a number of great outside shooters we will spread the defense enough to give AW lots of room to operate his spin moves to the basket
He's a good foul shooter and should score half of his points at the foul line. Unlike BM AW is a slasher and he will pick up fouls often going to the basket.
Lastly knowing HCBS he will have at least a half dozen plays especially for AW high flying talent.
Yes we are going to be young but unlike last year we are much more talented. We will have at least 3 excellent 3-point shooters on the floor all the time. That will open the middle for drivers like AW, PE, NT and WS to operate.
Just typing this makes me want to start basketball ... Damn this is going to be a long summer.
I see Andrew scoring 18+ easily. I think he'll get half a dozen just from his defense alone. Blocked shots leading to run-outs or steals leading to full-court break-outs for 360 jams. Add in 6-8 points from free throws, he only needs to get hit 2 or 3 baskets. I see at least one or 2 of those baskets being lobs for dunks from Naadir. I would not be surprised if he averages close to 25.
I think he will score 18 or more because he is in a position to receive the ball. He can then use multiple ways to score. Outside shot, drive, score of passes and off fast breaks and put backs. He is superior in every one of these scoring categories except for the outside shot.
He will be playing on a team where he is the go to guy and he is much more aggressive than Ben who scored 15.9 and could have easily scored 18 ppg. if he could have scored more driving the ball.
I predict that this young man will average 23 points per game and become Big 12 player and freshman of the year. He will also be the MVP of the Final 4, bringing home Kansas' sixth national title and fourth NCAA title. Mark my words.
He will average exactly 18.0 points per game.
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