College can be a funny thing. Despite all the fanfare the structure the experienced coaches the women—it doesn't always bring out the best in young athletes. The top long-term prospect isn't necessarily the best current college player. Andrew Wiggins might be No. 1 on a lot of people's draft boards mine included but that doesn't mean he'll dominate in his one year at Kansas. Wiggins won't have the best season of any 2014 NBA prospect. Not because he's over-hyped or overrated. But given where he's at in his development compounded by a few outside variables that are out of his control 2013-14 won't be the cakewalk for Wiggins that some might expect. The Competition This year in college basketball has the chance to be epic. Wiggins isn't alone in the future NBA-star conversation. There are a number of other prospects gunning for him both on the floor and on draft boards. Fellow freshman Julius Randle is the first name that comes to mind. Randle a 6'9'' 240 pound beast who can play inside or out shouldn't have any trouble with his transition to the college game. Unlike Wiggins who might have difficulty picking up buckets when the game slows down Randle could thrive at a slower pace where he's capable of overpowering defenders for easy buckets at the rim. Wiggins might not even be the top player in his conference this season. If I had a vote for Big 12 Player of the Year mine would go to sophomore Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State.
Why Andrew Wiggins Won't Have Best Season of Any 2014 NBA Draft Prospect
Bleacher Report | Oct 24