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Kansas' Andrew Wiggins the star of Big 12 Media Day

Hype has surrounded Jayhawks' heralded freshman.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 22, 2013

He also appeared uncomfortable with the level of attention, though he said it was something he'd gotten used to in the past few months.

“He hasn't asked for any of it,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “If you talk to him, he's about as humble and low-key a guy that deflects attention as anybody I've been around. But when you hear those things, it's not fair.

“He's just Andrew. That's all he needs to be is just try to be himself and not live up to what other people think he should be. When you're on the cover of SI and they're comparing you to Chamberlain and Manning, and in Chamberlain's first game he went for 52 and 31, that's not going to happen. He could go for 20 and 10 and disappoint everybody.”

Kruger and OU sophomore guard Buddy Hield have both seen quite a bit of Wiggins, Kruger on the recruiting trail and Hield when the two played against each other in high school.

“It's similar to what Marcus (Smart) did a year ago at Oklahoma State, and Marcus certainly proved all of them right,” Kruger said. “I'd be surprised if Andrew doesn't also. He's a terrific player.”

Hield is looking forward to playing against Wiggins again. He'll get his first chance Jan. 8 in Norman when the Sooners host Kansas.

“That's just hype,” Hield said of the buildup Wiggins has received. “He's worked for the hype. I can't stop his glory. When he runs into the Oklahoma Sooners, though, it's going to be different.”