Andrew Wiggins made it official on Monday.
The most hyped freshman in the most hyped recruiting class in recent memory announced that he will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
“At end of the day, I decided I will enter the draft. It wasn’t an easy decision,” Wiggins said at a news conference on Monday afternoon. “I wish I had more time, time goes so fast. I wish I had all four years.”
This decision was not the least bit surprising. Wiggins is a lock to go top three in the NBA Draft, and many have him projected as the No. 1 pick.
“The time is right for Andrew,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Opportunity is knocking on the door.”
“He was so coachable, a great teammate [but] as good as he was for us, he’s only scratching the surface of what he can do.”
The question for Kansas fans now becomes Joel Embiid. Will he declare for the draft as well? There were reports that Embiid had made his decision last week, but he formally denied the reports within hours.
Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.
The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.
Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.
With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.
“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”
Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.
While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.