While he hasn’t formally declared for the NBA Draft, star Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins essentially played his final game in Lawrence last night, barring something unforeseen occurring.
Prior to the season starting, Wiggins laid out his plan for this year, which included “following in Anthony Bennett’s footsteps of going No. 1” in the NBA Draft.
Last night, Kansas wrapped up its final home game of the year, throttling Texas Tech, 82-57. While 15 players saw the court for the Jayhawks, all eyes were on Wiggins, who went for 9 points and 4 rebounds in 23 minutes in what will probably be his final collegiate home game.
It may not have been that exact moment that the nation’s No. 1 recruit decided he would play his only season of college basketball with the Jayhawks. But the outpouring of support on senior night certainly played a role in his decision, one that he doesn’t regret for a moment.
“It went too quick,” Wiggins said late Wednesday after his own version of senior night, tucked away in a small room not far from those stands where he sat a year ago.
“I wish I had more time to stay here and do my thing, just be here with the team and the coaches and all these wonderful fans,” Wiggins said, thoughtfully. “That’s one of the reasons I committed here. I came here on senior night and the fans were so loyal.”
Wiggins still has one more conference game before post-season play begins for the No. 8 Jayhawks. While he may not have lived up to some of the extremely lofty expectations put on him at the beginning of the season, he still has had a great year, leading Kansas with 16 points per game.