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We continue our coverage of college prospects for the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft which is set to take place on June 26, 2014. This week we take a look at Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins.
Evan Mielke covers College Basketball for Raining3s.com and provides his analysis.
Raining3s’ 2014 NBA Draft Evaluation: Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins (19 years old, Freshman SG, The University of Kansas via Thornhill, Ontario)
6’8 and 205 pounds, Wiggins is a prototype of the perfect shooting guard. With a vertical of over 40 inches and a wingspan of 7 feet, he’s built exactly like Paul George, currently one of the best dunkers in the NBA.
Tip-top. The 1% of the 1%. Wiggins has the fastest first jump and a faster second jump than any player in recent history. He takes two steps from the perimeter and he’s at the rim without breaking a sweat. With his size and skills he’ll be a top-tier NBA SG.
A one-man fast-break. Needs to work on keeping his head up and look for the lob during transition opportunities. He turns it over more than Parker, but like Parker, they’re usually simple Freshman mistakes.
Slightly below average. Wiggins has a tendency to put too much air under his passes, or just be plain lazy with his throws. He can pass out of the double team effectively, but he struggles against the full and half-court press.
Outside shooting ability:
Slightly above average. Wiggins creates more of his perimeter shots than Parker, but he’s not as good of a shooter. His form is consistent, but it will take a few more years to polish his shot.
Ability to get own shot:
Exceptional. Though rarely displayed, Wiggins’ step-back is elite. Off the dribble, there are few defenders that can stay in front of him. He can spin from either shoulder easily and quickly. Tends to get stripped in the lane, needs to increase upper body strength to compete in the paint in the NBA. Is only an average finisher, which will improve with more experience.
The best perimeter defender in the nation when he’s on. Has the desire and the innate ability to shut down the opposing team’s leading scorer. Will guard multiple positions in the NBA. Can block even Jabari Parker’s step-back.
Basketball IQ and intangibles:
Takes high-quality shots. Wiggins has tremendous poise, but he rarely displays emotion. He’s pretty much Tim Duncan in terms of attitude, but unlike Duncan, he can’t quite control a game from start to finish.
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– Evan Mielke (draft evaluation)
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