BY MIKE CHIARI
Wiggins enters the 2013-14 season as the odds-on favorite to be named the most outstanding freshman in the nation, and many consider him to be a Naismith National Player of the Year candidate as well.
Wiggins seems fully cognizant of that, and he apparently plans to cash in on his potential success by entering the draft after just one collegiate campaign.
When asked what he has enjoyed most while at Kansas, Wiggins didn’t exactly veil his response.
“I would say just being able to enjoy my last year of school,” Wiggins said.
That is certainly more than a hint that Wiggins intends to leave Kansas once the year is up. One-and-done players have dominated the top of the NBA draft in recent years, and Wiggins hopes to do the same—but after winning a national title, if all goes well.
“Win another championship, a national championship,” he said. “Follow in Anthony Bennett’s footsteps of going No. 1.”
Regardless of how far Kansas goes this season, though, it’s difficult to imagine Wiggins returning to school.
The 6’7″ small forward has drawn comparisons to future Hall of Famers such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant already. While he has a long way to go before he can even come close to living up to those expectations, it says a lot about how Wiggins is already being perceived by talent evaluators.
Unless Wiggins has an unforeseen disastrous season, it’s difficult to argue with the notion that he should enter the draft. Wiggins seems to realize that, so it appears as though the NBA’s worst teams will be trying to out-lose each other in hopes of landing a generational talent.