Last Monday, our own Somers Price examined where Sam Hinkie’s analytics plan would go if the disaster scenario of Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker (expected to be the number one and two picks in the draft) both heading back to college for their Sohpomore years, after early exits form the NCAA tournament, rather than entering the NBA Draft, unfolded. This morning Sixers’ fans got good news, as it appears Wiggins will enter the draft.
Andrew Wiggins will announce he’s leaving Kansas after one season for the NBA at a news conference on Monday afternoon, sources told ESPN.com.
The school released a statement that the 6-foot-8 freshman from Canada will make an announcement Monday at 3 p.m. ET.
While Wiggins certainly wasn’t the best player in the country in his only season at Kansas, he did average over 17 points and nearly six rebounds per game, and if you mix that with his elite defensive potential, it isn’t hard to see why most scouts still believe that Wiggins is the best prospect (including Parker and college teammate Joel Embiid) eligible for this year’s draft.
As Brett Brown put it after the Sixers win over the Pistons Saturday, the Sixers, “still need some ping-pong balls to bounce their way”. If the ping-pong balls do end up going in the Sixers favor, Wiggins would be the unquestioned favorite to be a Sixer in my mind. If that scenario transpires, the hashtag #winlessforwiggins would hopefully turn into something like #winswithwiggins over the course of the next three or four seasons.