Now that Andrew Wiggins has signed his letter of intent to Kansas, the daily questions surrounding his future have briefly taken a hiatus.
But what does the summer hold for the consensus No. 1 incoming freshman? That answer remains unclear, as Wiggins will have an opportunity to play for one or two Canadian national teams this summer.
Wiggins can play for the Under 19 Canadian national team, as the U19 world championship begins in Prague in late July, while the senior national team is also scheduled to compete in a FIBA World Cup qualifying tournament in early September in Venezuela.
Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend recently visited Wiggins and his family in Toronto to spend some time with their newest recruit and Self gave some insight into Wiggins’ summer plans to KUsports.com.
“They are working out all details with the national team, how much of a time commitment,” Self said. The Under 19 world championship is June 27 to July 7 in Prague. The FIBA World Cup qualifying tourney for the senior national team is Aug. 30 to Sept. 11 in Venezuela.“In a perfect world, they’d like about nine weeks straight of commitment, something like that. He doesn’t want to do that. That makes for an awful long year when you spend your whole summer in a competitive deal. It’s what they are talking about and trying to work out.”Self has said he’ll support whatever decision Wiggins makes in regards to his summer as long as “he’s getting better.”
While it wouldn’t be the biggest deal in the world if Wiggins wanted to take a bit of time off in his final summer before college, it would be interesting to see how he fared with the Canadian national team — specifically the senior national team.
Wiggins will be the future of Canadian basketball and coupled with recent NBA players like Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph from north of the border, it could make for an interesting international basketball rivalry in the future.