Inside Sports With The General: Be Careful Of High Expectations When It Comes To Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins

The decision that everyone in college basketball has been waiting on was finally made this week.

Andrew Wiggins, the number one player in the 2013 high school class, finally made his decision on where he was going to attend college. The electric wing player decided to attend Kansas University over the likes of Florida State, Kentucky and North Carolina. As soon as he made that decision, the odds of the Jayhawks winning the National title went from 25/1 to 10/1 and the Jayhawks solidified themselves as a championship contender. But are these expectations too high for the young man out of Canada?

The media and basketball lovers have been talking about Wiggins for a very long time. Here’s just a sample of what everyone has been seeing:

The explosiveness and the star quality is impossible to ignore when you watch him play. His abilities have some thinking that he could be the next phenomenon to take over basketball.  But we should all be careful of putting this much on a young man who may or may not live up to the expectations that we all have for him. He could come out and truly dominate college basketball like Carmelo Anthony did his freshman year. He could be the National Player of the year just like Kevin Durant was as a freshman as well. But just like he could come out and be an instant college star like these two, he could also come in and be like Harrison Barnes.

Harrison Barnes

Barnes was a can’t-miss prospect coming out of Ames, Iowa. He could handle the ball, shoot and he was explosive towards the rim. He was the number one prospect in the 2010 class and many thought he was going to come in his freshman year and take over the college basketball world. Unfortunately, he did not live up to all the hype that surrounded him. While he had a good collegiate career, it was not the superstardom that was predicted.

Barnes ended up staying at North Carolina two years and averaged 16.4 points per game before he headed to the NBA draft. The North Carolina forward was drafted with the 7th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft and has had a productive rookie season. Even though Barnes made it to the NBA and had a respectable collegiate career, overall he has not lived up to what it was thought he would be. The superstar label that he was touted with ended up being incorrect. That could change at the professional level over time. But for the most part, he is a solid player, not a star player.

Wiggins definitely is not Harrison Barnes. But in his story, he could be. There is no telling what can happen with these high school kids that are highly-touted when they come out. So, instead of saying that he will be the second coming of LeBron James, let him be a kid first. Let him grow in his game and continue to work towards being the player that we all think he can be. Because if we continue to pump this kid up, we may create an expectation that he could potentially not reach.


1 Comment

  1. Lee Love

    Great article especially this comment “instead of saying that he will be the second coming of LeBron James”… I’m a little older and have seen very many high school phenoms pushed to far to early and they didn’t pan out or they burned out. This kid has immense talent but before he gets ranked as the 2nd coming lets see what happens in college playing against the top talent from everywhere.

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