Andrew Wiggins drops 41 in loss to West Virginia

Andrew Wiggins hits 12 of 18 shots on the way to 41 in loss at Morgantown. (USATSI)
Andrew Wiggins hits 12 of 18 shots on the way to 41 in loss at Morgantown. (USATSI)

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I wouldn't call it a coming-out party, because the former No. 1 recruit in the country and future top-two pick in the NBA draft probably doesn't need a coming-out party.

But Andrew Wiggins' performance on Saturday against West Virginia clearly took his game to the next level.

The talented freshman finished with 41 points on 12-for-18 shooting, along with eight rebounds, two assists, four blocks and five steals. It was maybe the best performance of any freshman this season, and showed the ridiculously high ceiling of Wiggins.

Yes, it came in a loss at West Virginia, a loss that likely will knock Kansas out of the mix for a No. 1 seed. Yes, the Jayhawks were down 25 at one point. But that doesn't lessen Wiggins' performance all that much. 

He was fantastic throughout the game, showing aggressiveness on the offensive end -- something he's shown flashes of throughout the season -- and a determination to get into the lane and either draw contact or finish at the rim. Defensively, he demonstrated once again why he has the potential to a dominant defender at the next level. He made plays away from the ball and came up big in help defense. 

Wiggins has been much more consistent in conference play, scoring at least 15 points in seven straight games before Wednesday's nine-point effort against Texas Tech. But this was clearly a different Wiggins. He had scored at least 20 points in eight games this season, but never more than 29.

This was a Wiggins that could potentially carry Kansas in March. The Jayhawks were without Joel Embiid against West Virginia, but Wiggins was a go-to-guy offensively for Kansas. He has been mostly a complementary part for the Jayhawks this season, content to play his role and be one of three or four main weapons for Bill Self. On Saturday, he showed he can be the guy for Kansas.

And that's a huge sign for the Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament

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