JACK'S SMACK: KU deserves a Rock Chalk for the Andrew Wiggins coup
7:03 PM, May 14, 2013
12:58 PM, May 15, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The bar has been raised on Kansas basketball like never before.
Landing Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 high school recruit in America, has driven expectations beyond a point that's hard to fathom. That's what this young basketball player will mean to KU.
Kansas fans, arguably the most spoiled bunch in college hoops, will be expecting nothing short of playing for a national championship next April. Just making the Final Four – not good enough. Won't cut it. We're talking about the No. 1 basketball player in America, the No. 2 recruiting class in all of college basketball.
You would expect Kansas to be one of the top three or four teams in the land. Wiggins, at 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot reach – he's an athletic beast.
He decided on KU for one reason, and it's not KU basketball tradition. Without question, the Jayhawks are one of the most prestigious programs out there – but Kansas is not Kentucky or North Carolina or Duke.
Andrew Wiggins chose KU because of Bill Self. This speaks volumes for the 50-year-old coach. If you want to play for Self, you must think of the team first.
Not many celebrated 18-year-olds look at themselves as being great defenders, and most of them don't want to be. Most young phenoms are ball-hogs. They want to shoot it all the time.
Not this kid.
Bottom line -- he's another rental player, basically on loan from the NBA for a year.
Wiggins is being called the best young player to come out of high school since Lebron James. There's not a coach in America who isn't envious of Bill Self, who pulled off the biggest recruiting coup in KU history.
It's an unbelievably big deal for Kansas. And I ain't shy when it comes to barking out ... Rock Chalk Jayhawks.