Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/23/13
The chair was empty its prodigious owner a few minutes late but the questions kept coming for Andrew Wiggins. It was early on Tuesday afternoon at the Sprint Center the final hour of Big 12 basketball media day and a reporter had wedged into a pack surrounding Kansas players Tarik Black Naadir Tharpe and Perry Ellis. A fourth chair reserved for Wiggins KU’s much-heralded freshman remained empty. “Andrew” the reporter said looking toward Black a 6-foot-9 transfer from Memphis. “… what’s the buzz like in Lawrence with students?” As a little confusion reigned Tharpe stepped in and dutifully answered the question. But the reporter persisted: “Andrew though” he said “have you felt it from the students?” Finally Black couldn’t contain his laughter. “Wait who’s Andrew?” Tharpe said. So let the record show as the swelling hype around Wiggins arrived in Kansas City on Tuesday morning there are still those who are acclimating themselves to the Jayhawks’ latest phenom. Not that Wiggins would mind. An hour earlier Wiggins had walked onto the floor at the Sprint Center looking very much like a 18-year-old who listens to rapper Drake and calls playing the video game “Call of Duty” his favorite non-basketball pastime. He wore an oversized orange shirt and a black tie that hung about 6 inches too short — like a kid who had dressed for church in five minutes. The difference being that an hour or so later a reporter would actually ask Wiggins if he’d ever met Drake the Canadian rap equivalent to Wiggins’ basketball talent. “Yeah” Wiggins said politely. “I’ve met him.”
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