Andrew Wiggins, the 6-8 Kansas forward who averaged 17 points and 6 rebounds this season, announced that he will enter this year’s NBA draft. Wiggins forgoes his final three years of eligibility as a Jayhawk.
The Big 12 recognized Wiggins as its top first-year player this season. Fellow Kansas freshman Wayne Selden, Jr. has committed to come back next season while reports point to Joel Embiid leaving Kansas for the NBA. The Cameron native, after reports surfaced of him declaring for the draft, tweeted: “I haven’t made a decision yet.” Press accounts continue to stress that he has, and, despite his social-media messages to potential Kansas recruits, that he’s as good as gone.
“I would strongly consider Joel Embiid as a No. 1 pick in the draft, pending the combine results,” Breitbart Sports college basketball writer John Pudner, who has advised NBA team officials on picks for the past two drafts, explained last week. “Sophomore Marcus Smart or several other freshmen could emerge as the first pick, but Embiid would have to have trouble at the combine to drop out of the lottery. The ‘NBA Indicators’ we look at – what his Value Add would be in three more years (his senior year) after adjusted for him missing seven games this year and playing hurt in others, his status as one of the top few defensive rebounders in the country, and his 7’5″ wingspan all point to a potential top pick. If he does well in the versatility and other drills, he could approach Anthony Davis-level impact within a couple of years.”
Wiggins, like teammate Embiid, figures as a lottery pick.