Wiggins, Wiggins, Wiggins.
At times, it seems like the Andrew Wiggins recruiting saga overshadows the player himself. While we wait for Wiggins to finally decide where to take his talents, let’s remind ourselves why we want him so much. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com has a detailed profile of Wiggins the player from the Nike Hoop Summit. His verdict? Although Wiggins didn’t have the flashiest of games, it is still clear that he is a rare talent. Givony watched Wiggins in practice all week leading up to the All-Star game, and breaks his game down
Watching him practice and play in Portland, Wiggins’ talent shined through regardless of how motivated he felt to prove himself at any given moment. He measured an inch taller (6-8) and longer (7-0) than he did last year in Portland, although he hasn’t added a single pound to his frame since then, and he’s still one of the best athletes you’ll find in the world outside of the NBA. Wiggins has the ability to create his own shot at will with an array of jukes, shakes, hesitation moves and amazing body control, even if his ball-handling skills in the half-court still haven’t quite caught up. He’s dynamite in transition and very capable of finishing effectively in the half-court as well since he can simply rise up over the top of the defense and wait until traffic has subsided before elegantly laying the ball in.
Givony also breaks down Wiggins’ perimeter shooting and defensive skills, but this tidbit might be my favorite part of the whole thing:
Not a selfish player by any means, Wiggins looked more than happy creating for others over the course of the week, seemingly taking pleasure in taking the attention off him for once.
I can think of a really great place where he can do that.