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Originally published May 14, 2013 at 11:11a.m., updated May 14, 2013 at 03:34p.m.

Top prospect Andrew Wiggins chooses Kansas

Bill Self says Wiggins 'an alpha dog and we definitely need that ... '

Huntington Prep basketball player Andrew Wiggins smiles along side his mother Marita Payne-Wiggins, right, as he announces his commitment to Kansas University during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at St. Joseph High School in Huntington W.Va. The Canadian star, a top prospect, averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia's Huntington Prep.

Huntington Prep basketball player Andrew Wiggins smiles along side his mother Marita Payne-Wiggins, right, as he announces his commitment to Kansas University during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at St. Joseph High School in Huntington W.Va. The Canadian star, a top prospect, averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia's Huntington Prep.

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KU coach Bill Self talks about signing of Andrew Wiggins

Kansas coach Bill Self discusses the signing of top-ranked Andrew Wiggins on May 14, 2013.

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Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 prospect in the high school recruiting Class of 2013, on Tuesday said he’d be attending Kansas University on basketball scholarship.

The news was reported by Grant Traylor, a sports writer for the Herald-Dispatch newspaper in Huntington, W. Va., in a tweet on Tuesday morning. Later Tuesday afternoon, KU coach Bill Self announced in a release that Wiggins had signed a letter-of-intent with KU.

Wiggins, a 6-7 senior forward from Huntington (W. Va.) Prep, chose KU over Kentucky, Florida State and North Carolina.

"Obviously, everyone in Jayhawk-land is overwhelmed and excited today,” Self said. “This was a pleasant surprise because we never had an idea which way he was leading. Andrew did this the exact way he said he was going to. He played his cards very close to his vest as did his mother and father. I knew we were one of four. The competition was very stiff and we were fortunate that we were able to ink him today. He’s a tremendous talent and a terrific kid. Probably an even better kid than he is a talent. We think he has a chance to be about as good a prospect as we’ve ever had.

“He brings athleticism, length, scoring ability and he’s also an assassin, an alpha dog and we definitely need that when you have a whole bunch of young kids. I think he’s going to be not just a good player, but have the chance to be a great one. I know the people that support our program are going to be pleasantly surprised when they see him run and play the very first time he gets the opportunity.”

Self said Tuesday afternoon that he learned about Wiggins' decision like many KU fans did: through Twitter.

Wiggins, who is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, averaged 23.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists last season for 30-3 Huntington Prep.

Wiggins joins previous KU 2013 signees Brannen Greene, Joel Embiid, Conner Frankamp, Frank Mason and Wayne Selden.

"We had an unbelievable class when we signed Brandon (Rush), Mario (Chalmers), Julian (Wright) and Micah Downs (2005-06); that’s a big-time class. This one has more upside," Self said. "Andrew (Wiggins) has a chance to be the first pick in the draft. Joel Embiid goes from being an unranked player to being the top center prospect in the class. He’s raw but so gifted physically. Wayne Selden is a McDonald’s All-American and top-15 guy. Everybody knows about those three, but they are sleeping on are the other three. Conner Frankamp can play for anyone and so can Brannen Greene. Frank Mason is about as underrated of a point guard as there is in the class.

"It’s been a great recruiting class, but we need to have a great recruiting class because we lost so many guys on a team that did pretty well this year.”

Comments

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wrwlumpy 9 years, 3 months ago

3 wonderful things happened today. 7am, my daughter calls to tell me I will finally be a grandfather, My youngest son texted of his 6 month sobriety coin, then when I went on KU Sports to find out about Wiggins. ESPN will live in Allen Field House next year. There will probably be 5 Big Mondays and a Game Day. It is time to start the Jayhawk network.

Displayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Lumpy .... Go buy a lottery ticket right now! (Ummmm ...... I will be wanting my 25% comission when you win!)

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 3 months ago

Really happy for you lumpy! Tough call between 6 mo sobriety or becoming a grandfather.

Yeah..It WAS a great day!

onegonzo 9 years, 3 months ago

It came to him in a dream last night!

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

Nice pick up. Now he just has to hope Self doesn't take him from the #1 pick to a 2nd rounder in the 9 months he is on campus.

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

Sour grapes? Hardly. Just stating that Self's record with top talent sucks. He would have played in obscurity at FSU and he would have just been another star at UK and UNC. KU makes sense but he is rolling the dice.

Bee Bee 9 years, 3 months ago

Do you watch college basketball? Really?

fabian_zimbabwe 9 years, 3 months ago

Apparently, he's never heard of Ben McLemore.

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

Apparently you don't know your own team. Since when was BMac one and done? How easily you forget Henry and Selby.

bayareajhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Henry was a lottery pick after 1 year you fool. Basically, your argument is that one guy got injured and fell into the 2nd round so Self can't coach talent. Brilliant.

bayareajhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Henry was a lottery pick, you fool! Basically, your argument is that one guy got injured and fell into the 2nd round, so Self can't coach talent. Brilliant.

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

Really? Thanks for the info. IMO, his stock fell. Just like Selby's.

bayareajhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Hahaha nice try. He will be just another star here at KU and then he will go to the NBA like many before him. And Ben McLemore wonders what team you were watching last year because he feels that Self did a pretty good job with him. Other than an injured Selby (who was on a loaded and experienced team), who has fallen short of expectations? Go back to the Kentucky boards and come up with something better.

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 3 months ago

Umm, & what about McLemore.

I think he was only a top 25 - 30 recruit and while he was on campus for more than one year he only technically played 1 season and is being projected to be taken between 1st - 4th.

KnightsWhoSayNi 9 years, 3 months ago

Yes, Bill really sucked with what he did in one playing year with McLemore. Bill rolled a "7" on this one!

BigAl 9 years, 3 months ago

This is quite possibly the dumbest comment I have ever seen on here. DRsmith must be on something.

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

You don't come here much huh? Go back to the stories yesterday and read all those posts. Saw a good number of "we don't need one and dones..." etc...

Rock Chalk 9 years, 3 months ago

Doesn't matter. This is a happy, celebratory time for us. We'd prefer you not rain on our parade. Be happy. If you're a KU BB fan, you would be very happy today!

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 3 months ago

We DON'T need OADs but that doesn't mean we pass on the best kid since Lebron.

Bill Self has had most of his success from developing players over time but that is completely different than telling the next POY to go elsewhere. You seem to have difficulty w/reading comprehension.

Physician, heal thyself first..then open your eyes!!

Benz Junque 9 years, 3 months ago

If you put Selby and Henry on Self then you are a dope who doesn't know much about basketball. WATCH them play basketball and they were not even remotely worthy of where they were ranked.

Wiggins will be a great fit at Kansas. Only KU could offer all of the key components; be the featured player, chance at a Final Four and close to family. Add in Coach Hudy and KU was an excellent selection that will help Wiggins continue to develop.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 3 months ago

Have you been watching the NBA playoffs? You might notice quite a few Jayhawks are on the these teams. HCBS & Roy are both well represented.

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

Good Lord. Is reading comprehension in short supply around here? Did I ever say Self doesn't send guys to the league?

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 3 months ago

I didn't realize you set the talking points..I guess I won't mention all the players Self turned into lottery picks.

johninkc1 9 years, 3 months ago

DR Me thinks you are jealous. I think that players can either have the Bill Self system work for them or they can sit on the bench and wonder how great they could have been if they practiced hard and played defense. Selby and Henry needed to stay another year but chose not to. I think Ben will do just fine thank you very much.

kevinatc 9 years, 3 months ago

Dr. Smith are you a ksu or misery fan. Why don't you go back to acting on Lost in Space and leave basketball to people who understand it.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 3 months ago

Misery, at least most KSU fans can read above the 4th grade level.

Preston Dwiggins 9 years, 3 months ago

CoughCough* Ben McLemore. Are you trolling?

Micky Baker 9 years, 3 months ago

Yes, sour grapes. We've never had the best high school player pick Kansas.

Joseph Bullock 9 years, 3 months ago

drsmith obviously does not know why the 2 kids who were so highly touted did not live up to their expectations. some things are beyond a coaches control, and with Selby, he was never healthy, and never made up for the games he had to sit out. look at him now. he made a pro team, then went to the d-league, then out of the league. I guess the professional coaches made him a worse palyer, too. he is obviously a very negative individual and probably blames all of his short comings on others, because dr knows everything and is perfect. he has no clue! I bet dr didn't think we had a chance to sign him, either. and dr, respond however you want, but you won't get a response back, because u r not worth it!

Joseph Bullock 9 years, 3 months ago

wow, I spelled player wrong. I'm probably the reason some kids fail classes. lol

jhox 9 years, 3 months ago

Self hasn't had anyone of this talent level commit. I can't wait to see what kind of player he turns someone like this into.

Welcome aboard, Andrew! Hope you enjoy your year in Lawrence, win a N.C. and get drafted number 1.

Andrew Cox 9 years, 3 months ago

^ This guy (DRsmith) is quite the tool

Alan Mills 9 years, 3 months ago

Serious? That's a bit short-sighted. Who did Self hurt? Selby? Henry? Not a chance. Both were overrated walking in the door, then had inflated egos that crippled their ability to perform. Well, Henry's ego hurt, fueled by ESPN parents. Carl should have known better, for sure. Selby simply wasn't that good, and he's paying that price now. Are you considering McLemore? He came in as a solid recruit, but not the next #1 pick. He's leaving as a top-2 pick, probably. Did Self hurt him? You are all wet, DRsmith. Try learning the game before you spout off here again!

Steve Reigle 9 years, 3 months ago

Selby started out behind because of not being able to even practice with the team until a few games into the season. And then after his first game, in which he scored 21 points, he got injured. Doctors told him to take the rest of the season off to rehab. Self told him the same. But Selby said (in the book, Beyond the Phog) that he knew he would be gone after the first year and thus wanted the opportunity to showcase his talents for the scouts. That's in the book. None of that is Self's fault.

Joseph Bullock 9 years, 3 months ago

his tool probably doesn't work! definitely an mu fan!I like troll though. that was good. lol PS: don't go back and forth with it (I mean him-ha ha ha ha). that's what he wants, to get K.U. fans upset. I said my piece, and I am through with that loser. Do the same. express yourself, then dump him like a pathetic date. lol

Marc Frey 9 years, 3 months ago

I doubt 1 year will do that. If that were the case, McLemore would not be a Top 3 pick. If you are going to be a douche then be great at it. If not, go somewhere else.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 3 months ago

You're such a gas (laughing gas or methane) DRsmith.

Woody Cragg 9 years, 3 months ago

DRSmith is really a misery fan, fantasy proctologist, slash/hemorrhoid specialist & chum(p) friends with Gary Pinkel. Right after Pinkie got busted with his DUI, someone posted that misery had the ugliest & fattest cheerleaders in all of D-1 & he went off for days! Hopefully that explains the troll factor.

Adam Evans 9 years, 3 months ago

Or make sure he's a top 10 pick since we'll have 3 in 3 years? Please

lurkerhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

I understand what you're trying to convey, but I think you could've worded that a bit better. This pickup will certainly help Self in recruiting OADs. Huge.

Greg Lux 9 years, 3 months ago

DRsmith Whats up is the MU board down today????

kellerman411 9 years, 3 months ago

BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will not regret this Andrew.

Cameron Cederlind 9 years, 3 months ago

And this is what happens when hats aren't involved. WELCOME TO KANSAS!!!!

BainDread 9 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations GHY - 24 "likes" (so far) has got to be a record.

Steve Zimmerman 9 years, 3 months ago

This even makes a brighter day (espn'ed):

The Seminoles were a major player in his recruitment but in the end, Kansas was the choice.

During Wiggins' recruitment, it was reported he had the best relationship with Kansas' Bill Self among the coaches at the schools in consideration. Before Tuesday's decision, Wiggins had shut down his recruitment and communication with his suitors.

Scott MacWilliams 9 years, 3 months ago

Okay, I'm going to take ALL the credit here. Yesterday I posted:

"Well, I'm going to go out on a limb here and just assume he's coming to KU. W E L C O M E, A N D R E W W I G G I N S ! ! ! ! ! ! You will have a great time here at Kansas, home of the greatest hoops barn in the world!! You will have 16,500 very good friends cheering you on at each and every home game, and they will all be just waiting for you in October. And quite a few of them will travel to other Big 12 arenas to make sure are able to see some crimson and blue wherever you go, and hear that incredible 'Rock Chalk' chant at the end of every game. Rock Chalk, Andrew Hawk!"

See, Andrew read my post and that was all he needed to hear!!!

Sam Constance 9 years, 3 months ago

Curious to see how this nets out with our recruiting class ranking compared to Kentucky's. Not long ago, everyone was talking about Kentucky's class being the best OF ALL TIME.

Now, with KU pulling the #1 and #6 overall recruits in addition to a stable of other top 50 guys, is Kentucky's class even the best for THIS year?

lurkerhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

I think they still have the best class overall.

kcmojayhawker 9 years, 3 months ago

Tarik Black could provide some experienced depth in the post if he comes aboard, as long as there are no defections, this looks like the best roster despite it's youth HCBS has put together at KU. Final Four here we come!

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 3 months ago

Kentucky still has the #1 but its close. Both have classes that could arguably be considered better than any class in history, the SAME year! Also, most KU players will return after next season...Not so for Kentucky.

What a match-up this could be in the NCAA final!

Phoghorn 9 years, 3 months ago

Assuming both teams get past the Shockers :-) How about Brother Against Brother in the final?

Phoghorn now quits his hyping...he is just glad to have Mr. Wiggins on board.

dylans 9 years, 3 months ago

I am stoked about KUs class, maybe KUs best ever. That being said, UK signed 6 mcDs AA. 6 of the top 20 vs 3 for KU. I love everthing about Bill's signees, but UKs class is historic.

Chris1955 9 years, 3 months ago

UK bought their class, we didn't. That's the important thing to remember.

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

So UK ran out of money when it came to the best player? Makes sense. I think KU just outbid UK.

Greg Lux 9 years, 2 months ago

Yes KU outbid UK with Better Fans, Better Arena, Better Coaches and Better Teammates. Yep we out bid Cal all right...

Rock Chalk 9 years, 3 months ago

Fabulous news! I really didn't expect this or get my hopes up! I am so excited! Welcome aboard!

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 3 months ago

To be honest..I went to ESPN first. I didn't want to read the comments and feel the disappointment.

I thought we would be his second choice. This feels good! This guy will be a major NBA star after winning POY & MVP in Final Four.

Janella Williams 9 years, 3 months ago

Cool!! I would have been happy either way, but this is awesome!

Michael Bowden 9 years, 3 months ago

I knew i saw chemistry with him and Seldon at the burger game!

9 years, 3 months ago

It's a shame Bill Self isn't a better recruiter ;)

KGphoto 9 years, 3 months ago

Travis Ford just facepalmed.

Title X.

Displayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Wiggens, you will not be disappointed! Thank you and Good Luck next year!

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 3 months ago

surprise! Welcome Mr. Wiggins, we're happy to have you!

Colby Hebert 9 years, 3 months ago

Shame Bill Self sucks at recruiting, we never land the top guys, oh wait...

Bert White 9 years, 3 months ago

I'm tellin' ya, Bill blows at recruiting and we need to switch from Adidas because a 'Nike' player will never come here... :)

Such a young team next year, but with as much talent as we're going to have... Sweet 8 pound 6 ounce baby jeebus it should be fun to watch

kckuguy 9 years, 3 months ago

It doesn't get any better that this. And who said KU can't win 10 straight Big 12 Championships ? This is Fantastic !!!!!

David Friend 9 years, 3 months ago

Now we know why HCBS over scheduled next year. Or under scheduled!!!!!

Vincent Patterson 9 years, 3 months ago

Wow! Self never ceases to amaze me when it comes to recruiting! Hell yeah!!

crazyhawksfan 9 years, 3 months ago

BOOOOOM!!!! U r th man Andrew!! Suck on tht kensucky!!!! ROCK CHALK BABY!!!!!

Brett Forreal 9 years, 3 months ago

Boom Baby! Can't hardly believe it......Thought there was no way. We might be pretty darn good next year!:) Finally, finally we beat out UK.

KGphoto 9 years, 3 months ago

Where’s ahperse? I predicted a “Wiggity”. Perhaps we’ll get the “Meh”.

johnnyphoton 9 years, 3 months ago

Ahperse is refreshing. Maybe now with a frosty one.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 3 months ago

Wiggity-Wiggity-Wiggity-Wack RIP Daddy Mac or Mac Daddy (whoever it was)

ltownatrain 9 years, 3 months ago

Ok I am not even going to lie.....did not expect this at all I really thought he would go to Florida State or Kentucky so this is quite a pleasant surprise! Now lets hope he is everything he is hyped to be.

David Leathers 9 years, 3 months ago

I understand your concerns, but it just makes sense. If KU didn't offer anything else, there is still the fact that him and his brother will be playing their final college seasons next year and what makes more sense than to be less that 3 hours away.

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

GULP !

Well, I'm still wiggin about Wiggins, but in a different context now!

Welcome aboard Andrew !

BringBackNike 9 years, 3 months ago

So happy!!!!!!!

  1. Wiggins - Check.
  2. Nike contract - soon to follow!

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

Notch one up for Adidas!!!

When Blackstone starts buying shares of Adidas, big things happen!!!!!

Colby Hebert 9 years, 3 months ago

We will have a long and athletic team next year. we got guards the size of most teams forwards haha.

Gerry Butler 9 years, 3 months ago

UNREAL ! ! ! ! yes, yes, yes, throw all the heat you want to at me i will eat the crow i deserve, and quite gladly don't get me wrong i am a HUGE HUGE HAWK fan i just truly felt there was no wy we would get this kid. i am so happ tpsay i was WRONG . what hauk by coach townsend as i have heard was the head recruiter on this guy. HUGE HAUL for the hawks. WELCOME TO THE PHOG ANDREW hell ya. GO HAWKS

Brett Forreal 9 years, 3 months ago

Thoughts going through OSU minds.......Dam, just dam. Thought we had a chance this time.

Adam Collins 9 years, 3 months ago

With the cancellation of his at home meetings with KU, UNC, and FSU I thought we had about a 0% chance of this happening. I also thought he was a little rude by doing so. Then he comes out with no hat ceremony and there are more reports of him just being a quiet kid. Shows what I know. Look forward to getting to know his personality and story during his one year at KU.

dylans 9 years, 3 months ago

Just once I would like to see a coach turn down a kid because of the pompous hat ceremony.

Luke Kading 9 years, 3 months ago

WOW! I definitely did not expect this two weeks ago. I did have a dream last night that he chose Kansas though. Maybe I have a gift that I'm not aware of...

I just hope he comes ready to work for everything and not just expect it all to be handed to him, because that's not how Bill operates.

jayhawkinnc 9 years, 3 months ago

I love all of the Diaper Dandies we have coming in next year: Embiid, Selden, Greene, Frankamp, Mason and now...........WIGGINS!!!!!!!!! Yes!

Made my day :)

orbiter 9 years, 3 months ago

Forget it. Not happening. Nothing good ever happens for KU. Self can't recruit. Just give up.

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

This is what happens when Coach Self tries to be a good team player about those uniforms.

Way to go Adiddas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 3 months ago

I was looking for your take. Now I know.

Way to go Wiggins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hal Urbanek 9 years, 3 months ago

Oh Yeah!!!!! Can't wait for the season to begin!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 3 months ago

Could we still bring in Black too or was it one or the other?

Also.....could see White III redshirt now. Just my opinion.

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 3 months ago

after the McLemore decision we had three scholarships available to give. One went to the transfer from arKansas, one to Wiggins, and we still have one for Tarik Black.

Miguel Colón 9 years, 3 months ago

THAT IS IT! I AM SICK OF THIS BILL SELF GUY! WINNING ALL THESE GAMES, GETTING ALL THESE GOOD PLAYERS! DUDE HAS GOT TO GO!!! WHO IS WITH ME!?!?!

LOL!! Uhh for real...SUCK IT CALIMARI and the UK nation!

TysonHawk37 9 years, 3 months ago

I was mostly indifferent going into this. Now....I must say that I can't help but feel really excited! Again, props to Coach Self on his recruiting skills. My excitement for this upcoming year was already off the charts. Now...it's through the roof! Welcome Andrew!!!!

Tim McCabe 9 years, 3 months ago

GO ANDREW! GO BILL! GO JAYHAWKS!!!!!!!!!

jumpinjayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Wiggins is a smart kid, he knows the other coaches would just let him play, let him do playground basketball. Bill Self knows how to improve players, push them, make them better than they thought they could be. Wiggins will not only do well at Kansas, but he will improve and be NBA ready.

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

Now, is everyone ready for Andrew to come off the bench till February?

:-)

Cliff Leiker 9 years, 3 months ago

Late last night and early this morning I reading the news about this kid and watching his highlight videos. Just this morning, I was thinking, "wouldn't it be something to land this kid." Oh, my Word. Our Heavenly Father has blessed the University of Kansas with this kid. I can't wait until next Fall, and I bet Coach feels the same way. Way to go KU!

JHAWKNPHX 9 years, 3 months ago

WOOOOOWEEEEEEE!!!!!! My boss wanted to know what the yelling was all about?!?!?!?!?!?

Matt Kenton 9 years, 3 months ago

Wow, did not see that coming!

We are going to be a very fun team to watch this year!!!

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

This maybe one case where a long neck does not make a guy play shorter.

The exception proves the rule. :-)

Miguel Colón 9 years, 3 months ago

I can't get that Blackstreet song out of my head, except I changed it a bit....NO WIGGIDITY, NO DOUBT!!!

notjustbread 9 years, 3 months ago

sweet...he may be the piece of the puzzle we need for a Final Four run

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

The one and dones are ruining college athletics. It is a disgrace. (Where are all those posters?)

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 3 months ago

Gotta' wonder what the biggest reasoning he had for coming to KU was.

Did his brother being at nearby Wichita State play any part in it do you think?

KANSTUCKY 9 years, 3 months ago

Can't hurt with the alternating schedules between the MVC Thursday/Sunday games.

MinorThreat 9 years, 3 months ago

I want to see the faces of all 4 coaches as they heard the news :)

Rock Chalk 9 years, 3 months ago

Bill probably knew, and had to keep the news quiet?

gchawk 9 years, 3 months ago

I've seen a lot of post in my time, but these.........are.........awesome!

Woody Cragg 9 years, 3 months ago

Looks like he just got laid. Oooops, I mean like he just got the last cookie outta the jar!

DanR 9 years, 3 months ago

Checked the comments to see if there was anything new, and I laughed again.

stm62 9 years, 3 months ago

No hat ceremony. First impressions are important, and this is a great one.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 3 months ago

Should of known when Roy showed up to the press conference wearing a black shirt and jayhawk sticker.

RCJHTOTHEGRAVE 9 years, 3 months ago

THIS IS THE GREATEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE!!!!!!! Well, besides Kansas winning it all in 2008... BUT BESIDES THAT ITS SOOOOOO AWESOMEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tony Bandle 9 years, 3 months ago

Please tell me you speaking in hyperbole!!

Dyrk Dugan 9 years, 3 months ago

welcome Andrew! i know a lot of folks can say this, but i had a feeling this morning....that this could be a good day. KU goes to WV every year to play a game now, so he'll have all of his friends and family on the WVU campus, right there in his backyard.

what an outstanding get this is...he's a terrific athlete, can get to the rim whenever he wants, and he can only get better on D....wow, we are going to be very tough to stop, once February and March rolls around....with everyone healthy of course.

again, welcome to Lawrence Mr. Wiggins! Go Jayhawks!

Andrew Cox 9 years, 3 months ago

Besides the fact he is from Canada and his brother is in Wichita

MinorThreat 9 years, 3 months ago

Wonder when it'll be announced that A. Wiggins dad will be hired on the KU coaching staff...

Ben Simonett 9 years, 3 months ago

Holy Hell!

Greatest recruiting class in the history of Kansas basketball!

texashawk10 9 years, 3 months ago

Second greatest, the class with Wilt Chamberlain will always be KU's greatest recruiting class ever.

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

In another announcement, KU will be wearing uniforms next season with a large Adidas where Kansas used to be, and a small KU logo where the small Adidas logo used to be.

Rocken Chalkisher!!!

Ich bein ein Berliner!!!

Go, Bill, go!!!!!!!!!

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 3 months ago

And of course, the youtube video highlight vids:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLsK-ZoL9sY

1,284,356 views can't be wrong.

Steve Reigle 9 years, 3 months ago

An article in the Huntington, WV, newspaper (available online) comparing the potential schools (before his announcement) indicated that the weight room and weight program at Kansas are the best for him if he wants to further develop his body for the NBA. While this is a win for the entire program and but Hudy has once again proven her worth to the program.

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 3 months ago

Hope this plays a factor for S. Zimmerman in '15 about the time we'll need an Embiid replacement (I'm assuming that he'll be a 2AD).

Joe Joseph 9 years, 3 months ago

So does this mean Self has found his new assistant coach as well?

GortHawker 9 years, 3 months ago

Gort is so happy he says he's not going to destroy any planets for a whole year !

monkeehawkSL8 9 years, 3 months ago

Gort, just let that beam o light write JAYHAWKS on the surface of the moon, etch it deep in a rock, CHALK JAYHAWK!

KANSTUCKY 9 years, 3 months ago

WOW Spelled backwards.. Nice job team Self. Can we start early?

Ted Hume 9 years, 3 months ago

i have reached the conclusion that by Christmas we will be starting 3 freshman, and it will be awesome. ESPN said we went just went from 20 to 5 in the early rankings for 2013. that's word-defying, jaw dropping, like the news itself...

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

Frankly, Oak, I knew it all along!!!!

:-)

Just kidding.

I had no clue and said so repeatedly, after thinking once middle of last season that he was bound for UK.

mikeowens 9 years, 3 months ago

Cool, but time for a reality check: Oklahoma State remains the favorite to win the Big 12.

Under-20s are not to be counted on.

DocBean 9 years, 3 months ago

OSU the favorite? Where have you been the last decade, have you heard of Bill Self?

kualldayeveryday 9 years, 3 months ago

Does anybody realize what freak athletes and lineups we can put out on the court at one time next year?????!!!!!

Imagine How ridiculous we would be if we have:

PG: Tharpe 6'0'' SG: Selden 6'5'' SF: Wiggins 6'8'' PF: Ellis 6'8'' C: Embiid 7'0''

Three Point Bombers:

Frankamp Selden White Green Wiggins

Big:

Selden Greene Wiggins Ellis/Traylor Lucas/Embiid

Three Point Shooters: Tharpe, Selden, Greene, Frankamp, Ellis, Wiggins, White

Ball Handlers: Tharpe, Frankamp, Mason, Selden

High Flyers for Lob Dunks: Embiid, Wiggins, Selden, Ellis, Traylor

Block Specialists: Embiid, Traylor, Lucas, Wiggins

We can press like Louisville. Our defense could once again absolutely be suffocating. Our offense could put up numbers beyond anything we've ever seen. If we get Tarik Black too???? Holy cow we are filled at every position.

mwmilsted 9 years, 3 months ago

HCBS for recruiter of the year. Anyone think Tarik will also commit?

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 3 months ago

I could see it almost be MORE likely with this announcment that he may want to.

And he could ACTUALLY initially, maybe the first month or so be the starting C w/ Embiid due to eventually inherit it.

While would be bad news in the short-term for Lucas still think he could be huge by his Jr. & Sr. seasons if he's patient and takes to practicing against these guys.

bayareajhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Your pitiful attempts to troll us to make you feel better after Wiggins didn't pick your school are also funny.

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, because Self just pulled in the greatest recruiting class ever. UK has the best class ever but I see you overlook that fact.

SaltLakeHawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Dear NIT,

NIT... blah blah blah... NIT... blah blah blah... NIT... something something... NIT. NIT. NIT.

Sincerely, NIT

PS: NIT

Mike Riches 9 years, 3 months ago

Woohoo!! I love how we just jumped into the top 5 in the pre-season poll! Got to say I'm going to be more excited for the start of this season than I've been in awhile! KU/DUKE Nov. 12!!

Greg Lux 9 years, 3 months ago

My heart is racing... I know he will only be here one year but he will help our team balance so much. With all the young players we have this year he will be a weapon of tremendous talent that can allow our other players to be more open and also learn from someone there age. Most of all it speaks so well about the talent of our coaches that this young man wants to come to KU to get better before his entrance to the show at the end of next year. Thank you AW for choosing the best school in the country. You will never regret your decision and you will always be a member of the best family. You will be a Jayhawk forever and we are proud to welcome you to our clan.

Rock Chalk

clevelandjayhawker 9 years, 3 months ago

Too early to start the one more year chant?

Rian Ankerholz 9 years, 3 months ago

Release the Hounds! We're in the hunt. Prepare a banner for the rafters with the name Wiggins on it. Perhaps other banners, but I'm not going to jinx that; there is work to be done. All 10 Big XII coaches with tears in their eyes, but only one with tears of joy. Bill Self goes to the chalkboard, ala Roy Williams' first year, but instead scribbles "Wiggins" in the board.

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

Sign Tarik!!!!

Don't stop thinking "next" now, Bill.

Sign Tarik!!!!

ccarp 9 years, 3 months ago

The #2 recruiting class just got a whole lot sweeter! Shoooot, it may have just climbed a notch! :-) 2013-14 season starts today! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Alex Peekeaton 9 years, 3 months ago

Good pickup, but still no where near UK's class - 6 McD AA to 2 & 6 Jordan Brand AA to 3.

9 years, 3 months ago

Glad we more than close those gaps with coaching.

Alex Peekeaton 9 years, 3 months ago

Yeah that turned out good for you during the 2011-12 year, didn't it!

9 years, 3 months ago

We almost closed the gap that year! As I recall with UK's talent level, you were picked by most to win it all, and with our group, we basically had no business being in the Final Four much less in the championship game. Yet, we were there thanks in large part to Bill Self.

Speaking of recent coaching history, yours sure worked out well for you last season - - never before has someone done so little with so much!

~ Cheers ~

Alex Peekeaton 9 years, 3 months ago

We beat you twice that year - UK was up double digits majority of NC game and late run made it close...back to back FFs and a NC in past 3 years plus overwhelming favorite to win it this year with 8 McD AAs and projected lottery pick in Cauley-Stein = #9 NC is coming soon!

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

A real coach? Pretty sure UKs coach and KUs coach each have one NC. So tell me again how Self is better?

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Come back and talk when you have won 9 straight Conference Titles. Even though it wouldn't be that great of an accomplishment in your conference.

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

Now it is going to be very interesting to see who is hired to fill Joe Dooley's spot. The word "linkage" keeps coming to my mind.

Luca Rossi 9 years, 3 months ago

Ahh, you beat me to it. Was going to say, "How long before Wiggins Sr. is announced to be joining the staff?"

Will Babbit 9 years, 3 months ago

They changed the rules to make it more difficult now, they have to be a full assistant coach rather than some made up position. Not saying it won't happen, but slightly less likely.

Matt Kenton 9 years, 3 months ago

I never watched these because I never thought we'd land him. This is no Xavier Henry, this is no Josh Selby...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GLsK-ZoL9sY

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

Yep, Wigs seems a once in a decade guy, maybe once in two at his spot.

Christopher Sack 9 years, 3 months ago

I had not watched any of these, either, thinking NO WAY are we getting this guy. But he is a MONSTER. And even in the vid you see him passing off the ball when he does that crazy spin move, so you know that he's a team guy as well as a "throw it on my back and go" kind of guy. Amazing score for KU and HCBS. Congrats!

JayDocMD 9 years, 3 months ago

After watching that, if my "condition" doesn't resolve within 4 hours I'm goin to have to call myself

wrwlumpy 9 years, 3 months ago

I've had my breath taken away 3 times today. 7 am my 35 year old daughter calls to tell me I will finally be a grandfather, My youngest son texted me to tell me he received his 6 month coin for sobriety, then this. Watching that video and realizing what is actually happening at KU I'm still in shock at his day. This could be the time to start the Jayhawk TV Network. ESPN is going to be living in Allen Field House. We could easily see 5 Big Mondays. Thank God this was not on tv and there were no hats.

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations on all of your good news today! In all sincerity, I hope that the KU news is the least exciting for you.

gchawk 9 years, 3 months ago

I am so happy for me!! Thanks for absolutely making my day, Andrew, I guarantee you'll never regret you decision to go to KU. ROCK CHALK!!!!

Tony Bandle 9 years, 3 months ago

ADVICE TO ANDREW.

1] If the phone rings and the caller ID reads J.Calipari..DO NOT ANSWER IT!!

2] When HCBS says shoot it..he means it. It took BenMac awhile to get the message. Please start with the first game.

3] You're gonna hate Andrea Hudy for about eight months, but then you're gonna love her the rest of your life.

4] Welcome to Kansas Nation. You are now forever family. [Can I borrow $500 in about a year?? :) ]

5] It's traditon to give everyone a nickname on this site....since we already have an AWIII, how about AW1?

6] I wore number 32 at McBride High School in St.Louis, MO. but it's yours if you want it!!

7] All kidding aside, I promise you, you won't be sorry you made this choice. Congrats on making about a million people truly happy today!!!!

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Oak, #6 doesn't apply to me so much, but the rest of them do.

The exception would be #4 - I'd put a " K " behind the $500.

Satirical 9 years, 3 months ago

His nickname should be "Ender," like Andrew Wiggin from "Ender's Game"

Justin Lindsley 9 years, 3 months ago

I like the reports about how he is a good defender. We all now Coach Self expects that. If he lives up the the hype, we are in for a treat!!! Congratulations Coach Self!!!! You are my ambassador of kwan!

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 3 months ago

Lineup as it stands right now:

Tharpe / F. Mason

Selden / Frankamp

Wiggins / Br. Greene / A. White III (thinking redshirt)

P. Ellis / Traylor / Wesley

Embiid / Lucas

You see the lineup above and it seems to SCREAM that White should take a redshirt year and be ready for anything in '14/'15 - starting or backup SG or SF spot in that season; will be needed. Too many success stories AND Wiggins will only be around for a year to get jealous and ask to transfer. Have patience look at the past models of Releford (Lucas now), etc. and be ready.

OTHERWISE, bulk up and maybe you can steal some minutes from Jamari backing up Perry. Possible though would be giving up the shot-blocking aspect.

Michael Gentemann 9 years, 3 months ago

"With great power comes great responsibility." Voltaire or Uncle Ben (take your pick)

Tony Bandle 9 years, 3 months ago

Thomas Edison referring to the light bulb!!

Ben Simonett 9 years, 3 months ago

  1. Tharpe
  2. Seldon
  3. Wiggins
  4. Ellis
  5. Embiid

4 future lottery picks with an experienced vet leading them at the point. On paper, this is the best team Self has ever had.

Jace FitzGibbon 9 years, 3 months ago

id still take 1) Mario 2) Robinson 3) Rush 4) Arthur 5) Jackson.

his best team ever. no argument until another one wins it all.

ccarp 9 years, 3 months ago

that team also had Collins, Kaun, and Aldrich

Ben Simonett 9 years, 3 months ago

Only Arthur was a lottery pick from that group

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 3 months ago

For sentiment, some teams will be #1 for lots of reasons. Winning it all is the best one. These were really good kids. Some on this championship squad visited my hometown after the May 2007 tornado. Residents there will never forget that day.

Brett Forreal 9 years, 3 months ago

Who is this freak of nature, Andrew Wiggins?

Joseph Kuebel 9 years, 3 months ago

This definitely completed the lineup. Kentucky has more depth but I like our starting lineup, and think our depth/experience off the bench fits what Bill does to a T (which cant e underestimated) ROCK CHALK!!!

ANDREW WIGGINS, YOU HAVE MADE JAYHAWK NATION VERY HAPPY TODAY! WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE YOU, AND ARE ALREADY LOOKING FORWARD TO BASKETBALL SEASON! (ALL CAPS).

GortHawker 9 years, 3 months ago

I think if we get Black now he should consider a red shirt, improve his game , learn our system and improve his draft status.

DRsmith 9 years, 3 months ago

You think Black is going to red shirt and then play his last year? Not happening. Anyway, with Black it is lack of motivation, not so much a lack of skill.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 3 months ago

YOU GUYS ARE ALL MISSING THE OBVIOUS!!!

Selden.

Wfggins.

Ellis.

Embiid.

Tharpe.

That Kansas lineup for next year is SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe Ross 9 years, 3 months ago

Other points of note:

  1. Kansas may have consecutive number 1 picks in the NBA draft. Statisticians should check to see how many times that's been done before.
  2. Kansas' hopes for 10 consecutive Big XII titles gets a major boost (other B12 teams sigh)
  3. Kansas should be on a lot of nationally televised games next year cause everyone wants to see Wiggins. College GameDay back?
  4. Kansas may not lose much ground in the hunt to chase down Kentucky for all-time wins.
  5. Marcus Smart? Marcus Who?

Alex Peekeaton 9 years, 3 months ago

Answer to #1 = Kentucky...Anthony Davis in 2012 & Nerlens Noel in 2013

Ryan Knuth 9 years, 3 months ago

Well he said may have... so if McLemore does we will and if Noel does then UK will, but that has not been determined yet.

Michael Bowden 9 years, 3 months ago

sad to say it but more than likely ^ is right........

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

i don't know..........that extra 6" of hair really doesn't help his game much.

joeloveshawks 9 years, 3 months ago

I am going to read every article I can find on Wiggins picking KU tonight while drinking cold ones and sitting on my porch in the 80 degree Chicago weather. I could not be more excited.

David Leathers 9 years, 3 months ago

That's a perfect idea. You wanna skype with me while we get drunk and talk all things KU?

Kevin Huffman 9 years, 3 months ago

talk us up to Jahlil while you're up in Chi town! :)

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 3 months ago

Hey Joe! Start offering a place to bed down when KU comes to town to play Duke in November!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 3 months ago

I really thought he was going to Topeka YMCA. It would have been their greatest recruiting class ever.

chipmunk1956 9 years, 3 months ago

Word has it Zenger's having a "presser" at 4:00 pm to announce a restructure of Self's contract: an additional 5 years on the rollover and another mil per year!!!

Steve Gantz 9 years, 3 months ago

Would love to go on the Kentucky message boards right now and read what their pitiful fans are writing!

Tony Bandle 9 years, 3 months ago

It isn't pretty..let's see...he's an idiot, afraid of the UK team competition, went for the soft schedule, we got more than enough, no big deal, gonna play in the minor leaguers, etc., etc., etc.

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

I thought about going there, but I'm blocked. I have all my teeth and don't drink.

Steve Gantz 9 years, 3 months ago

You'll have to confirm that by posting a picture here of yourself.

Alex Peekeaton 9 years, 3 months ago

UK with their 8 McD AAs and projected lottery pick in Cauley-Stein isn't worried about today's news - when you have 4 McD AAs on the second team, life is good!

Alex Peekeaton 9 years, 3 months ago

You think lotto picks are based upon stats? Lotto picks are based upon talent, potential, and character. If you've listened to what James Young and Dakari Johnson have said about their more than likely role of coming off the bench, then you wouldn't be asking your questions.

Ryan Knuth 9 years, 3 months ago

Travis Ford's reaction to Andrew Wiggins commitment to KU

Uwe_Blab 9 years, 3 months ago

Love it. Ford's eyes look like they're crossed...

Tony Bandle 9 years, 3 months ago

Oh, and a special thank you to the Harrison Twins who videod a message and in the background you can hear one of them say, "...we don't need Wiggins, anyway."

[Sorry, I wish I had the technological skill to bring it up to this site but I'm still recovering from the trauma of no more rotary telephones!!]

KUbsee69 9 years, 3 months ago

How many days until Late Night? Boy, the lines are going to be long. See you there!

A Decade of Dominance (my suggestion for the "10 straight" shirts).

Is it too early to buy final four shirts?

BallerBlocker 9 years, 3 months ago

I would pay good money next year to watch Wiggins dunk all over a scout team including Tyler Self

gchawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Huh? I don't get the Tyler Self comment. Did he steal your girl?

monkeehawkSL8 9 years, 3 months ago

Would everyone join me in a moment of silence..........................................Amen. Thank you and RCJH KAAAAAAAAAAAAAUOOOOOOOOOOOO. Waiving wheat.

Bville Hawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Life is full of pleasant little surprises.

Philip Nguyen 9 years, 3 months ago

I'm taking the rest of the day off, this awesome.

KemDooKU 9 years, 3 months ago

Happy days - Wiggins and Embiid beat those Kentucky boys in the USA -v- The World tournament so I wonder if he was looking to give them another shot in the National Championship game next year

John Fitzgerald 9 years, 3 months ago

This goes to show this kid is truly a nice, good hearted, unselfish type of person. If he picks UK - he only does it to be nearly gauranteed a spot in the NC and gain huge amounts of publicity. If he picks FSU - all eyes will be on him through out the whole season, which from what I've read he's not an "all eyes on him" type of person. If he picks UNC (which I thought would have been the best fit for him) - he gets a good team, great coach, and tons of press because of how strong the ACC is in college basketball. He chooses KU - this allows him to be a part of a young team, like himself, which will still allow him the leading roll, but at the same time doesn't get ALL the attention because the Big 12 isn't always an attractive market for ESPN to boast about. He will get more privacy playing at KU then any of the other schools and he will be able to take advantage of reaching his potential before the NBA. I think his pick to KU solidifies his good natured personality and it will be a true treasure to see his one year here at KU.

RCJH!! Great day to be a JAYHAWK!

Alex Peekeaton 9 years, 3 months ago

Do you think Randle wanted to play the High-Low offense in preparation of the NBA in a year? How has it helped TRob? Morris Twins? I hope you're not comparing Tharpe to Andrew Harrison!

Alex Peekeaton 9 years, 3 months ago

Randle told everyone after he chose Kentucky what was behind his decision - the system and develop his game to the next leve (it's on Youtube)l. KU's High-Low game is to pound the weak sisters of the Big 12 who can only play small ball like Iowa State, Okie State, K-State, etc. who mainly play extremely small lineups. Don't get me wrong, I would be doing the same if I were Self. Do you think TRob is more skilled or was just bigger & stronger than anyone in Big12? TRob was a master of using his frame to pound his defender in the lane, receive the pass, and lay it in. Didn't work against UK's bigs and not going to work in the NBA as he is finding out. The point I am making is the Randle's, Gordon's, Walker's (elite big men) aren't going to play in that type of offense.

Matt Strausz 9 years, 3 months ago

Marcus Smart will again be the second best player in the conference to win POY.

Michael Bratisax 9 years, 3 months ago

So...how about AW1 and AW3?

Then again, maybe not...

MGJayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MGJayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

I'm in my zone I'm feeling it Stop blowing my buzz quit killing it So buy another round They tried to shut us down About an hour ago But we still in this bitch

okiedave 9 years, 3 months ago

SWEET! My OSU friends are in a state of concern as their Big XII title hopes have moved from "probable" to "UNLIKELy".. KU, with Ellis and Wiggins, is on "Elgin" time.

KUFan90 9 years, 3 months ago

Wow...unbelieveable! I needed this...thank you for making my day Mr. Wiggins!!! Welcome to the Jayhawk family!

SoCalAlum 9 years, 3 months ago

And, in other news, "Tarik Black is visiting KU today."

4jhawks4ku 9 years, 3 months ago

Season tickets and individual game tickets are gonna skyrocket this year. Better jump on em early. Congratulations Andrew. Cant wait to see this team in action. Gonna be a fantastic matchup at the United Center on Nov. 12 RCJH

FearlessJayhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

How many Big 12 championships will this be in a row? Plus an NCAA title to go along. Rock Chalk Jayhawk

Satirical 9 years, 3 months ago

Did anyone else pick up on Andrew Wiggins name being close to Andrew Wiggin (Ender from Ender's Game)?

I think that should be Wiggins new nickname -- "Ender". And KU basketball next year can be referred to as "Ender's Game."

Michael Bennett 9 years, 3 months ago

Just curious: is anyone honestly still saying they'd rather have Tarik Black, or even Julius Randle? #1 recruit vanity points aside, we now have: a McDonalds All-American at the 2, 3, and 4; the top center for 2013, and a veteran point guard who was better than last year's starter. It was worth the wait

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 3 months ago

Question: would you rather have BMac back for another year or Wiggins as a OAD?

nuleafjhawk 9 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully, by mid-season we'll be asking " B-Mac who?". And that's not degrading Ben, I love the guy and hated to see him go.

John Fitzgerald 9 years, 3 months ago

Today's story is Wiggins ... I'm always going to go with Today's story because it's the inevitable future. Bmac would have been a treat to have for another year, but Wiggins is more of a slasher and a play maker than McLemore. And honestly, the kid is just going to be flat out fun to watch. As for OAD, it sucks, I hate that these kids are allowed to leave college after a year, but it's not my rule and I can't change that. I can change how much I'm going to enjoy this coming year though, and that's what I'm focused on! RCJH!

David Howell 9 years, 3 months ago

Wiggins get your bags packed for Lawrence and the the sooner the better !

Finally a feather in our cap and not one for Kensucky ! I am sure we all think he made the right choice so now it's up to the team to quickly get him onboard. I'd been saying during January and February that next years team had me more excited than this years team. Now I know I am excited about next season ..........

KJD 9 years, 3 months ago

Just clicked onto the site and saw that huge smile on the cover photo!! COL (Cheer Out Loud) including clapping–so exciting. I really like that Mom is happy too (phew!).

@makeshift "we now have: a McDonalds All-American at the 2, 3, and 4; the top center for 2013, and a veteran point guard" along with Andrew White off the bench who is a big time shooter and has been in the program for a year. That starting 4 in Ellis has plenty of experience too along with Traylor's experience off of the bench. Frankamp is a scorer who did well against top high school competition. Greene comes in ranked in the top 50-30 along with Frankamp to add talented depth. Lucas has a year in the program, which includes practicing each day against Mr Withey, and is ready to bang. Mason is a point guard of the future and we all know the mental toughness for the ups and downs it takes during the grooming of a Freshman point guard under Self–it's not about the minutes Mr Mason, you're in a great program that will get you ready.

This recruiting class is mind blowing-too talented to dream about after looking at Emiid and Wiggins above on that International Nike Summit team plus Selden. The other three in Mason, Greene and Frankamp would make this a strong and steady class.

We'll be young, we'll be talented, we'll be exciting to watch. Congratulations Mr. Wiggen's!!! Kansas Welcomes you to Rock Chalk Nation. Go Team :-)

KansasComet 9 years, 3 months ago

I said that his actions scream KU. I stand behind that. This young man took his time and made an informed decision. Congratulations and Welcome Andrew Wiggins!

RockChalk26 9 years, 3 months ago

Even KSU is celebrating this signing. Now they get to see Wiggins destroy the Octodumb.

Eric Schneider 9 years, 3 months ago

November could be painful. But man this team is going to be scary in Feb. and March. Depth is going to be ridiculous. And I don't see any diva attitudes. Let's not forget the potential for Self v Crook pt III.

When was the last time there was this much talent on two recruiting classes in the same year? BMac was smart to come out this year. Next years draft is insane.

It came down to KU and FSU. Kentucky was already fading and the Harrison twins killed any chance there. Welcome to the Kansas Family Andrew. Can't wait to see you and Selden in the open floor with Nadir pushing it. Scoring should come much easier this year.

Michael Luby 9 years, 3 months ago

Oh My God! I absolutely thought he would pick FSU or UK. Never in a hundred years did I think Wiggins would pick KU. Great pick to be sure, but damm. Just damm. Im not saying we win a trophy next season but our chances just got a whooooole lot better.
Does this give Self the #1 recruiting class? It should be. WOW. I still cant believe it. I was just watching some highlights of the guy and man he is a smooth criminal on the court. Granted its against high school players, but the moves he makes in the post and in transition are staggering! He would give LBJ a run for his money. He probly wouldn't win at this point but he would make him sweat. WOW. Ok now we get to all wax prophetic on the starting line up for the fall and count the days until late night!
This is a major, major coup for the Self man. Now we need an asst coach or 2... Personally Id love to see Paul Pierce come back as an assistant if he retires.

s6u6r6f 9 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, Mr. Wiggins. Great fit for so many reasons. Now perhaps I can stop obsessively checking this website several times a day (though perhaps not). Rock chalk.

John Fitzgerald 9 years, 3 months ago

I think one of the most important parts on the USAToday article is where it mentions "Lebron took him under his wing." If they are friends, and Lebron comes to a few games at the fieldhouse with a KU hat on, that will be HUGE for us. If the "best" basketball player in the country visits allen fieldhouse, that's free marketing for us, and will bring future big picks our way. Very excited how this turned out, and I think Wiggins will be a super star with the lineup we have coming in. And don't forget about Ellis; this kid has the most to gain from wiggins being on the team. Ellis could very possibly, by seasons end, be our most valuable player. I didn't say most talented, but I did say most valuable. Bring on the new season yall I'm stoked!

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 3 months ago

No way that Lebron makes it to AFH. Even the former Jayhawks in the NBA can only make it to games during NBA All-Star weekend, and Lebron usually has prior engagements during All-Star festivities.

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

Well, at the least, he provides good depth.

AsadZ 9 years, 3 months ago

Whose minutes will be most imapcted by this signing, AW3 IMO.

What is going through his mind. I hope he is not thinking about transfering because I see him as a very important player in the next 2-3 years.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 3 months ago

This string is almost as long as the one we had over the argument of "Kansas University" versus "University of Kansas"!!! LOL!!

Actually, in retrospect, KU was the most logical choice and I think we all covered every point one way or another much earlier.

1] Immediate maximum playing time at his natural position.

2] Proximity to his brother at Wichita [they'll be able to see each other play].

3] Andrea Hudy and our strength program.

4] Bill Self and a committment to utilize all of AW's talents.

5] A chance to play with his teammates [Jo Jo and Wayne].

6] A DARN good young team that just became a DAMN good young team.

7] Jayhawk Nation, Midwest values and the Source Spring of college basketball.

8] Allen Fieldhouse, The Rules and The Phog.

9] The most passionate, astute, dedicated, clever and handsome posters in the land!!

Colby Hebert 9 years, 3 months ago

Bill Self needs to take it down a notch on recruiting, having the number 1 prospect sign with us and all the attention and excitement it has caused and all the people commenting has made this website not load for me for hours.

I think AW3 will be ok, because he could play some 2 and 3, no? So he may not be a backup in just one position. I also think it may not be out of the realm of possibilities we see AW3 start over Selden with Bill Self's track record. Even if it is just for the beginning of the season. I just do not see Bill Self starting 3 freshman the first game. If Selden turns out to be our Marcus Smart you almost have to start him.

One fantasy I had with this incoming class, imagine if Selden can handle the ball. He could spell at PG and you could go

1)6'5 Selden 2)6'7 AW3/Greene ( average height of both :P) 3)6'8 AW1 4)6'8 Ellis 5) 6'11. Embiid

Of course, +/- 1 inch on all the heights, ha, but that is a tall team and so athlethic that it is not like we are playing "big."

Sick.

I don't mind a 6'0 PG though, especially that guy being Tharpe. .

Colby Hebert 9 years, 3 months ago

Wow, some typos there, but hey I am drinking and celebrating. I did not even mind either way but you cannot argue it is a coup for our program to get this kid. He will not regret his decision that is for sure.

VancouverHawk 9 years, 3 months ago

I like the understated way he announced - very Canadian, eh?

Tony Bandle 9 years, 3 months ago

Good day, eh?

Welcome to the organ"eye"zation.

WHOOO aboot some beea and back bacon???

Mike Hamilton 9 years, 3 months ago

It is like Christmas in May. :) Rock Chalk Jayhawk.

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 3 months ago

Like a little kid, I put my hand across the yahoo story until the picture of FSU coach Hamilton changed and Wiggins' picture appeared. Then slowly, I moved my fingers across the page to read Wiggins to play basketball for K, then I stopped and sighed, moved my thumb over to see the A. At that point, I honestly don't know what happened, but my students tell me that I leaped up (we were outside in the school's courtyard), and ran around yelling "WIGGINS! WIGGINS! WIGGINS!" and regained my composure during lunch.

VaJay 9 years, 3 months ago

I haven't been this wrong about a kid since I thought the Morris twins were a bust after their freshman year.

Wow... just.... Wow. What a great day for Jayhawk nation!

pliew 9 years, 3 months ago

AWIII and now AW ..

.AWesome JOB by the Wiggins family and Coach & team.

Preston Dwiggins 9 years, 3 months ago

Early Father's Day present : ) I love this team coming in!!!

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

Self and staff are now hard at work on signing a decommit or two from UK's formerly #1 recruiting class. UK's OAD recruits all reputedly signed with UK to win a ring. Well, now the BEST OPTION TO WIN A RING IS IN LAWRENCE!!!!

jaybate 9 years, 3 months ago

Judging from the smile on Mother Wiggins' radiantly beautiful face, she got her wish.

Ryan Mullen 9 years, 3 months ago

We are going to have the #1 pick in the NBA back to back. That is something.

jayhawkinATL 9 years, 3 months ago

Well, what do you know...an adidas school beat out three Nike schools!!!

Hawk8086 9 years, 3 months ago

Some of the predictions from some of the experts and some of the "noise" made me hopeful this morning, but I was still surprised when I saw the announcement. Once again, a testament to Coach Self and Stafff. I thought I read that AW had said that among all of the coaches that he was considering playing for, he was the most comfortable with Self. That is a recurring theme. I'm sure Self was honest with AW about expectations (must play defense, etc.) and he and / or family members correctly deduced that HCBS will make him a better player. I think the fact the he chose KU may say something about the young man (team player, wants to work to get better, not a prima donna, etc.) We now have quite a Canadian connection in Lawrence.......James Naismith (and his rules of course!) and AW.
Great day to be a Jayhawk!

Ian Emerson 9 years, 3 months ago

That was a touching thing to say Jaybate. Can I entertain the idea that the reason Julius randle did not come to ku was the prospect of what would have happened if Kentucky got wiggins? Anyways I'm so glad we traded those two, worked for the best!

southwindjay 9 years, 3 months ago

I did not see this one coming, Wow wow wow.

Dale Stringer 9 years, 3 months ago

I think all the teams but UNC made out good with Wiggins picking KU. We got him. UK avoids another year of in-fighting egos, and FSU had their name mentioned for a shot at the #1 recruit.

Robbk1066 9 years, 3 months ago

Never thought he would pick KU, but am very happy he did on many levels. Yes I was wrong he did pick KU, had to say that in public for my sister. Next year should be a wild, fun ride ending on a big high. Looking at the roster you see lots of young talent facing a tough schedule. I think by January we will be playing as a tough team to beat heading into B12 play, and by the end of the conference ready for the NCAA's. Going to be a lot of fun to watch. Sure makes falling apart at the end of the MI game seem a distant memory. Finally...a distant memory.

JayHawkFanToo 9 years, 3 months ago

Like I always say...it is always a good day to be Jayhawk but some days are better than other; today is one of those days.

Gil Ek 9 years, 3 months ago

 And how do you think Bruce Weber feels about now. Another probable 0-3 against Coach Self next year.

SDSurferFan 9 years, 3 months ago

Tharpe...please get in the gym and practice 100000 alley oops a day until Sept.

The biggest thing that struck me from the video and coverage of Wiggins is how his head is often above the rim.

This is going to be sooo fun to watch.

SDSU vs KU trip just got 134% more likely.

gchawk 9 years, 3 months ago

That was what I noticed about him as well, can't get over how he's actually looking down at the rim on some of his dunks. Good to hear from you again, hope all is well.

BainDread 9 years, 3 months ago

Hey SDSurfer, perhaps we should get together with Jhawksandiego and carpool. The 15 north to the 70; 1642 miles and only 23:27 in current traffic - not including time in Vegas.

Jhawksandiego 9 years, 3 months ago

You guys may think I'm crazy, but Frankamp may be my favorite guy this year. Love Andrew no doubt, but Frankamp got some very large cajones.

741hawk 9 years, 3 months ago

I have respect for Andrew that I didn't have before. (My bad) I mistook his refusal to select a school for arrogance. In hindsight, he had every right to wait until the last minute. To wait until all other factors, including other player choices, were made. He and his family all played it close to the vest, and they did it masterfully.

It would be difficult to be as talented as Andrew is and as heralded as he is in the media and still keep your head screwed on straight. Two involved parents were obviously a big help to Andrew in making a measured, thoughtful choice.

Welcome, Andrew, and Rock Chalk!

Benz Junque 9 years, 3 months ago

Through this all I truly believed that KU had the best total package to offer Wiggins. The available playing time, quality of teammates and coaches, strength & conditioning and proximity to his brother. I think a lot of people really underestimated how much that came into play. To be withing 2 hours of a brother you are very close to is priceless.

This is HUGE for Kansas if it goes well. Wiggins is the type of player that people who don't follow basketball will turn around and watch. This will really put Self and KU in a whole new light in the eyes of the uber-elite talents.

Wow, just wow. I am still in utter disbelief that this really played out for Kansas. It seems like we've been on the wrong end of so many of these. I thought last year's team was fun to watch. Next year may top it in sheer excitement and entertainment value. I can't wait to see what impact having Wiggins on the team affects Tharpe, Ellis, Traylor, and the rest of this incredible recruiting class.

Get your popcorn, KU fans. This is going to be another AWESOME season!

RockChalkGuy 9 years, 3 months ago

It's always a great day to be a Jayhawk, but today is especially awesome.

kubballjunkie 9 years, 3 months ago

My first thought was "Damn, what if Ben had stayed!!??!!??"

Bryce Landon 9 years, 3 months ago

Most of you have been obsessing about Wiggins for months. Some of you thought he was going to accept one of Calipari's bribes to go to Kensucky. I was one of those people, and I am pleasantly surprised by his choice. As for the rest of you, after all your slobbering over him, I hope you are satisfied. I just hope he lives up the hype and doesn't fade like Xavier Henry and Josh Selby.

Gil Ek 9 years, 3 months ago

Start the list of redshirts (good thing long term). You have to think with an 8-9 man rotation there are 2-3 guys that will think about a RS season.

Gil Ek 9 years, 3 months ago

Should also send out thanks to Andrew's parents who obviously influenced and supported their son in this decision.

I have no doubt this was by far the smartest choice for them for many reasons.

Micky Baker 9 years, 3 months ago

Welcome aboard Andrew. I know you'll only be here for a year but you have a good group of players coming in and at least two who are returning who can be pretty good, and maybe even a third one after playing against some of these guys and I'm talking about Traylor who as the body to be a good post man.

This is the best recruiting class at Kansas in some time.

Lance Hobson 9 years, 3 months ago

Well, we were due for someone else to win the Big 12. Oh wait, nevermind. Welcome to the the home of basketball legends Andrew!

Bernard Gregory 9 years, 3 months ago

I am excited about Kansas basketball for this year because Frank Mason has never had to play without everyone on the team trying to stop him and with all this talent he is going to unleash havoic on the opponents. Everyone keeps referring to him as just a ball handler. He did lead the State of Virginia in scoring that is the AAA division when he was at Petersburg High School.

KJD 9 years, 3 months ago

I've seen Mason drop the three bomb. He's got the handles too from what I've seen. I'm stoked that Mason is going to be a Jayhawk. Going from any High School experience to the schedule that Kansas plays year in and year out it is a huge jump for a point guard to come here to play. I think he'll get minutes. I also think he'll be a little shell shocked at first on how fast Bill will pull a Freshman point guard for a mistake.

The mantra that Self put into Tharpe's ear this year is to penetrate and create. If people on the board are calling Mason a ball handler, that's perfect, he needs that and that attitude for his new team.

JacquesMerde 9 years, 3 months ago

Wiggins is a good looking kid with class. Evidence: 1. His photo 2. The manner of his announcing his choice.

I expect only good things!!!!

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