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Andrew Wiggins announces he’ll enter NBA Draft

  • Kansas City Star
  • Published Monday, March 31, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, March 31, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.

— Andrew Wiggins made his decision to enter the NBA Draft official, as if there was any doubt.

“At end of the day, I decided I will enter the draft. It wasn’t an easy decision,” Wiggins said Monday at a news conference.

“I wish I had more time, time goes so fast. I wish I had all four years.”

Some projections have the 6-foot-8 Wiggins as the first player chosen in the June draft.

“This is a happy day … The time is right for Andrew,” KU coach Bill Self said. “Opportunity is knocking on the door.

“He was so coachable, a great teammate … as good as he was for us, he’s only scratching the surface of what he can do.”

The announcement makes Wiggins the fourth one-and-done player in Self’s 11 years at KU, following Xavier Henry in 2010, Josh Selby in 2011 and Ben McLemore in 2013.

Henry and McLemore were first-round draft selections. Selby was drafted in the second and is the only player of the three not in the NBA.

Wiggins, billed as the program’s highest profile recruit, produced the greatest freshman scoring season in school history. He led the Jayhawks in scoring with a 17.1 average, and his 597 points were the most ever by a Kansas freshman. Wiggins also contributed 5.9 rebounds.

KU freshman center Joel Embiid, who reportedly also will enter the draft but has yet to declare, attended Wiggins’ news conference.

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