Andrew Wiggins expected to be in Lawrence this week

Frosh sensation won't be playing summer ball for Canada

Kansas University freshman basketball player Andrew Wiggins will arrive for summer school early this week, coach Bill Self said at Saturday’s Basketball Boogie at Abe & Jakes.

Wiggins, 6-7 from Toronto, has decided to not play for his country in international competition this summer, thus will be joining his new teammates today, Monday or Tuesday.

That decision was first revealed at the Basketball Canada Website on Saturday.

Rowan Barrett, executive vice-president and assistant general manager of Canada Basketball's Senior Men's program, commented that on the Website that, “at 18 years old, Andrew has a long basketball career ahead of him. Andrew’s decision to prepare himself this summer for the upcoming season is a decision we acknowledge. Our team will miss Andrew this summer, but we remain focused on Andrew's long-term development and our organizational goals for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and beyond.”

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madamhawk

Yeah baby!

6 years ago

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Joe Ross

We shouldnt just be selfishly motivated to say, "YAY for us!" We should at the same time note the maturity of this young man and, if we can muster a little compassion for the Canucks, maybe feel a little badly that such a talent won't be representing their country.

All in all, a solid decision to focus on development. Congrats, Wiggins. You continue to impress with your decision-making as much as with your talent.

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David Leathers

Copy and paste! Well said, man!

I'm so thrilled that the bonding process with be able to start so early and can't wait until Seldon posts some more BBall workouts on his Vine account.

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KansasComet

I wanted to comment, but there was nothing left to add. Great post! Thanks.

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Bobby Burch

Heck yeeah. In case you hadn't seen it, here's a long interview with Wiggins before the MAA game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3emzqs... Nice, articulate young man... definitely hates talktalking about himself

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aerohawk

Thanks, he seems like a great kid.

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ahpersecoachingexperience

Get'cha popcorn ready

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Michael Luby

Wow, that's a big deal. Wonder what prompted the change of mind? Maybe they wanted to keep him for both tournaments and that was too long a commitment for him. That would almost be as long as an NBA season. Hmmm. Well ditto what Jross just said.

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KatnissHawk

Remember a very recent visit with AW and his parents by HCBS to discuss the summer plans? Just saying.

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BabyJay2009

Stumbled across this video... Not sure about y'all, but it gave me goosebumps! How many days left til Late Night?

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=re...

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David Leathers

Andrew wants to do this, and with a few extra months, Hudy can get him there...

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos...

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David Leathers

Here's another pic I found on Twitter today... Gonna have to re-take it now

http://www2.kusports.com/users/photos...

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BewareofOz

Andrew, welcome to Lawrence and the University of Kansas.

After your college career is over and as the years pass, I truly believe that you'll be happy with your decision to go to KU. KU is consistently regarded as one of the six greatest college basketball programs of all-time, usually ranking anywhere from #3 to #5. ESPN ranked KU #3 all-time a few years ago in their "Encyclopedia of College Basketball" and introduced the KU section by stating, "Kansas IS college basketball." "The Atlantic" , a national non-sports magazine out of New Jersey, declared just a couple of years ago that no program or franchise (college or pro) has had as much influence on any sport as has KU on basketball. And the magazine added, not even the New York Yankees!

In fact, it was KU's influence on the sport of basketball that led USA TODAY, in a November 1996 article titled, "A Tradition Second to None", to proclaim Kansas as the GREATEST college basketball program of all-time. The reasoning was simple with three names predominating among many: James Naismith, Phog Allen, and Wilt Chamberlain. Oh, and let's not forget the coaching tree and names like Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp. You see, these intangibles, coupled with multiple national titles, conference titles, Final Fours, and all-time wins put KU over the top. The game may not have been invented in Lawrence, but it spread from and developed out of Lawrence. James Nasmith founded ONE major college basketball program, KU, and then the Father of Basketball Coaching, Phog Allen, marketed the sport like no one else. Phog was the sport's salesman, by almost single-handedly getting hoops established as an Olympic sport. Furthermore, he greatly influenced the development of the NCAA tournament.

So Andrew, as time goes by you'll be able to appreciate what a great program you played for. Look, a few other schools may have more national titles, but you'll always be able to say that you played for THE FOUNDER'S PROGRAM! We have James Naismith's court, and you will have played for JAMES NAISMITH'S PROGRAM. So anyone who denigrates Kansas basketball is truly denigrating THE FOUNDER'S PROGRAM and hence the sport itself. So I ask you, would you rather have 11 or 8 or 5 or 4 NCAA Titles and that's it? Or would you rather have 3 NCAA titles and be THE FOUNDER'S PROGRAM that includes the Father of Basketball Coaching? How many titles is the legacy of Naismith and Allen worth. Oh I'd say about 75, since without them, no school would have any titles at all!

So that's it. Through objective quantification, it becomes apparent that you, Andrew, will be playing for the program with the most hardware. And not to be too morbid, but doesn't that burial plot off of 15th street hold the greatest basketball trophy of all: the final resting place of the great James Naismith. Yes indeed, Andrew, in the final analysis, we win. And so do you. Congratulations, Andrew.

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PhearThePhog

Come to think of it Andrew Wiggins will be carrying on the Canuck's influence into American basketball by coming to Kansas ... since I believe James Naismith was a Canuck. Eh?

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KansasComet

HEM was bold enough to say he didn't want Wiggins before the young man made his decision. There is nothing to question about Wiggins. I like everything the young man has done so far. It appears he wanted to honor a commitment to Team Canada. Now he has decided that it is best to get into school, hit the books and get to know his teammates. I applaud him for that.

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REHawk

This is a major decision in the development of 2013-2014 Jayhawk basketball. I had figured that we would see Andrew in Lawrence only occasionally until Sept. 11. Now this squad has an opportunity to bond and develop. And Andrew will likely absorb the full benefit of Andrea Hudy's training expertise. WOW!

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Scott MacWilliams

Andrew Wiggins is showing a maturity beyond his years, and I am so proud to have a kid of this high character on the Jayhawks. His hoops ability is the icing on the cake for sure, but the way he has conducted himself since finally announcing his choice of KU has ben remarkable to say the least.
Kudos also to Coach Self and the rest of the staff for helping Mr. Wiggins see the wisdom in playing for KU. He could have gone anywhere he wanted, but saw the value in all that KU has to offer. He looks to make his short college career as much of a growing experience as possible, and will likely grow a bunch before our eyes.

Welcome to KU and Allen Field House, Andrew. You are going to love it, and you will have about 16,500 good friends rooting for you avery time you step on the floor.

R O C K C H A L K , K U !!!

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tulhawk

Fantastic news! Let's get it started for 2013-2014. How many days until Oct. 4th?

RCJH!!

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Beate Williams

It surprises me that we have seen nothing from Jaybate about AW coming to campus early; find it surprising because Jaybate is always analyzing how and why things are done.
I find it interesting that HCBS went to Canada early in the week and had dinner with the family for three hours. I'm sure, even though I personally have no way of knowing for certain, but I suspect that BS also met with others in Canada about the importance of AW's development and how important his development would be to the Canadians putting forth a great team at the 2016 Olympics and how that was more important than the Under 18 Championships.
I simply find it pretty ironic that this decision was made all of a sudden and especially only a few days after BS's visit to Canada. What ever the reason for the decision, I think it is a smart decision on his part, and I think it will help the team as much as him personally. I simply cannot wait for Oct. to get here. Even though I'm deep in Texas the thought that I will have the opportunity to see at least three games in Texas and get back to Lawrence for maybe a couple I am totally stoked. RCJHGKU

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Sean Doherty

The Canadian way to be PC: "Andrew’s decision to prepare himself this summer for the upcoming season is a decision we acknowledge."

That's it? You just acknowledge the decision? Really? You're not for or against his decision? Really?

What the Canadian really wants to say: "Our tournament teams are ruined. F-you KU and your tradition rich history. Give us a damn break! We're only Canada.... Eh, Eh?"

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Greg Lux

I am very happy for AW, he will be able to start his summer condition program with JH. And maybe even better will be able to get use to playing with his teammates in pickup games.
Welcome to JhawkerLand.

Rock Chalk

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