He was 14 years old.
That’s around the time we knew that Andrew Wiggins would only spend one year in college basketball, if that, depending on how they rules changed.
Fast forward to today and the narratives are out of control.
He’s not ready! He disappears too much. He’s not strong enough! He can’t handle the NBA game. He has to come back another year!
Let me say this now, it’s all nonsense.
Granted, most of the chatter is coming from Kansas fans that want to see their star child return. Some of it is coming from the passengers on the Anti-Wiggins bandwagon, where they’ve been comfortable and uncomfortable this season, depending on the game and Wiggins’ general effort level of the week.
The reality? It would silly, stupid and irresponsible to come back for another year. Not only is this the case for Wiggins, it’s the case for teammate Joel Embiid, Kentucky freshman Julius Randle and Duke freshman Jabari Parker.
These four players will all put in their papers for evaluation after the season and they will all get the some evaluation back, staring them in the face.
Top 5 pick.
Then what? Come back to college for another season to live in the dorms, go to class and play for the
ir pimps NCAA? I don’t think so.
But what about getting a degree?
Oh, alright. You want them to come back to finish Year 2 of 4 to get a degree that if all breaks perfectly in the business world, they can earn a six-figure yearly salary after graduation?
I’ll take the guaranteed millions, thanks. These kids will have families to worry about one day. They’ll have bills to pay, kids to put through college themselves and a mortgage to pay. But so many want them to come back and win a few more games for your favorite team.
He was faced with this decision last year. He papers came back, Top 5 pick. He chose to return to Stillwater.
How is that working out? After some up-and-down play, inconsistent shooting and a few temper flare-ups, he will be lucky to land in the lottery this season.
What’s the big deal?
About $11,000,000, that’s all. If you’re keeping track at home, if you get that degree after four, not two, years, you’ll be lucky to land a job that pays you $100,000 a year.
It would take you 110 years of working to get that $11,000,000 back.
That’s not even considering the worst. What if one of these kids comes back and blows an ACL? What if they get in the academic trouble that so many college kids do?
Then it doesn’t look so wise, does it? School is always there, the ability to play in the NBA, the opportunity to secure your financial future, is not.
It can only help!
What can only help? What’s the upside here? They come back, have a solid season, get your favorite teams a few more wins and then, what? They’re still a Top 5 pick.
Looks like much more of a downside to me.
There have been numerous, too many to name, NBA stars that disappointed in March. That didn’t have their last collegiate game go they way they would’ve liked. Many of those same stars took a year or two to get comfortable in the NBA. The point is, they’re stars now. And if they would’ve blown a knee as a rookie in the NBA rather than as a sophomore for your favorite team, they still would’ve been set financially, their future would’ve been taken care of, at least to an extent.
He was 14 when we knew. We also knew on May 14, 2013, the day he announced he was going to Kansas.
You can’t be upset because the year you got of him didn’t end the way you wanted it to, that’s how the one and done game goes.
And it’ll happen again.