Kansas Jayhawks’ freshman Andrew Wiggins is living up to the hype. The NBA prospect scored 30 points in the Jayhawks 77-70 overtime win over Marcus Smart and Oklahoma State in a Big 12 quarterfinal at the Sprint Center Thursday night. In a report by the Kanas City Star on March 13, Wiggins showed just how unfazed his is with the hype surrounding him.
Following a 41-point performance against West Virginia in KU’s previous game, Wiggins is showing why some NBA teams may be tanking to get him in their uniform next season. The outstanding freshman has had to really step it up with the absence of center Joel Embiid and on Thursday night he did, adding eight rebounds and leadership in a pivotal win. Most importantly he showed why he is a great player during crunch time.
“Great players make great plays during crunch time,” senior forward Tarik Black said. “And now it’s crunch time.”
The biggest stage is not fazing Wiggins. He scored 17 of KU’s 35 points in the second half. To prove how crutch he is, he hit the game-tying jumper with a minute left in regulation. March Madness seems to be made for Wiggins, who has showcased his complete game. He can score from anywhere on the court and he is also clutch on the defensive side of the ball.
“Andrew is not one-dimensional,” KU coach Bill Self said. “He’s our best defender.”
It seems like the game is slowing down for Wiggins as the pressure rises, which is a sign that the basketball prodigy has found his niche.
“The game’s slowed down since I first started playing college basketball. I learned a lot in practice that happens in games.”
The NCAA tournament will be the next test for Andrew Wiggins. With a win or go home kind of pressure, the basketball nation will get to see just how clutch the NBA prospect is.
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