Not every day a college freshman scores 41 points, actually, it’s only been done twice in the past 18 years.
If any kid is going to amaze, it’s Andrew Wiggins.
On Saturday Wiggins lit up the West Virginia Mountaineers with 41 points in a losing effort that saw his Kansas Jayhawks falling 92-86.
The 41 points are impressive, but how he did it is even better. On only 17 shots he somehow managed to score nearly half of his team’s points.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who was one of the best college players in the country his senior year, took notice of Wiggins’ big game.
Wiggins with 41-8 … Woke a sleeping dog
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) March 8, 2014
This massive scoring output will surely heat up the NBA 2014 draft debate. Who goes first? Who gets snubbed?
The 2014 class is so good it’s unfair to playoff teams. Along with Wiggins, there’s Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Dante Exum and Marcus Smart, all players who would undoubtably have been the first overall pick in 2013.
June comes quickly, and the mock draft order will change dozens of times before that. But if a player like Wiggins isn’t a first overall pick, I can live with losing the lottery.
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Brett Poirier is a contributor to Sheridan Hoops. Follow @BrettNBA