Andrew Wiggins a nonfactor in Kansas’ NCAA tournament loss
BY STEVE GREENBERG Staff Reporter March 23, 2014 9:49PM
Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, right, and Stanford's Josh Huestis reach for a rebound during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS — In the end, there was nothing to do but wait and wonder.
Not if Andrew Wiggins, Kansas’ most hyped freshman ever, will skip his final three seasons of eligibility and take his undeniable talents to the NBA. After the second-seeded Jayhawks lost 60-57 to Stanford, Wiggins said he wasn’t prepared to think about that subject just yet. But really? The basketball world seems to know better.
No, the waiting and wondering were about why Wiggins seemed to want to be anywhere but on a basketball court in a big game — in a fight for his reputation and KU’s tourney life — here Sunday.
Wiggins attempted six shots — three in the second half, none in the final six minutes — and finished with four points. Will the way he went out this season, and likely the way he went out as a college player, change the way the potential No. 1 overall pick is viewed?
“I let a lot of people down,” he said. “I didn’t play how I usually play.”
Too often this season, though, Jayhawks coach Bill Self had to implore Wiggins to be more aggressive. At his locker after the game, Wiggins wore a look of regret all over his face. He knew he could have — should have — done more. He just never flipped the switch.
“This isn’t the worst thing that’s going to happen to him in his life,” Self said. “If it is, he has had a charmed life, there’s no question about that.”