Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins declares for NBA Draft

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

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The news we all expected from the moment he committed to Kansas was made official on Monday: Jayhawks star freshman Andrew Wiggins will leave college basketball after one season.

Wiggins and Kansas coach Bill Self held a press conference at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

"It wasn't an easy decision," Wiggins said. "I wish I had more time, time goes so fast. I wish I had all four years."

Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds for KU this season. He's been projected as the No. 1 overall pick, and, barring a surprise, is a top-three choice at worst.

Kansas' season ended last weekend, when the second-seeded Jayhawks were upset by No. 10 Stanford in the Round of 32.

"He was so coachable, a great teammate," Self said. "As good as he was for us, he's only scratching the surface of what he can do. ... He's a humble, unselfish, team-first guy. He's been an unbelievable ambassador to our program."

Wiggins' game was at times brilliant to watch but often criticized. Few, if any, players have come into college with more expectations. On Monday, Wiggins was named to the Associated Press' All-American Second Team.

"I'm confident I'm ready," Wiggins said. "No one game's perfect. I have a lot work on."

The NBA Draft will be held on June 26.

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