Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins tries to cope with hype
Forward who averages 15.2 points and 6.1 rebounds is in “a no-win, everything-lose situation,”Jayhawks coach Bill Self says.
The Associated Press
LAWRENCE, Kan. – It has been a season of growing pains for Kansas freshman forward Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 recruit in last year’s class.
While the eighth-ranked Jayhawks (14-4 overall, 5-0 Big 12 Conference) are starting to soar, Wiggins is searching for his stride.
“He’s so naive in so many ways,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I don’t think he thinks about the fact he’s everybody’s Super Bowl when they have a chance to play against him.
“We’ve told him, but I don’t think he’s felt that yet.”
Conference-leading Kansas has won five in a row — the last four against Top 25 opponents.
Wiggins has contributed. He scored 22 points against Kansas State, and had 17 against Iowa State and Baylor. But he also was held to nine points on 2-of-9 shooting against Oklahoma and a season-low three points against Oklahoma State.
Ever since successfully dueling with Duke standout Jabari Parker at a summer tournament, Wiggins has been anointed the next big thing. NBA scouts have flocked to Allen Fieldhouse to see him. But he has left many of those scouts, his coaches and just about every fan hungry for more.
“I think he’s done well,” Self said. “I also think there’s another step he can take. He leaves me wanting more, so when people say certain things, I can’t be upset. I want more, too.”
Self has tried to treat Wiggins like any other player, in part to temper some of the otherworldly expectations.
“It’s a no-win, everything-lose situation,” Self said. “There’s no way to live up to the hype.”
Wiggins, 18, is averaging 15.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. Is he starting to figure things out?
“Yeah, I think so,” he said. “I’m trying to be more aggressive right now, driving to the basket, getting good shots.”
Self said, “So many times, people get hung up on overall stats and things like that. He’s just young, and with all the hype coming in, anything he did was going to be less than what the hype said he should do.”
Michigan St. wins
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Guard Gary Harris gave No. 3 Michigan State a spectacular offensive boost.
Harris scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, helping the Spartans beat Indiana 71-66 on Tuesday.
“He’s just got to take over games,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said of Harris. “He is that good, to be very blunt and honest about it.”
Michigan State (18-1, 7-0 Big Ten) has won 11 straight games.
Yogi Ferrell scored 19 points for the Hoosiers (12-7, 2-4), who have lost four of six.
HOUSTON – Shoni Schimmel had 25 points and eight rebounds as the No. 5 Louisville women routed Houston 93-52.
The Cardinals (19-1, 7-0 American) have won 12 games in a row.
Houston (4-14, 0-7) has lost seven in a row.