Andrew Wiggins talks to reporters following Kansas' loss to Stanford in the round of 32 on March 23, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo.
St. Louis, MO --- (WIBW) Andrew Wiggins is a man of few words. His responses to questions from reporters have traditionally been brief since his arrival on campus in Lawrence. Sunday in St. Louis was a different story, however. Wiggins responded loquaciously, albeit quietly for 40 minutes on Sunday afternoon answering the same line of questions for wave after wave of reporters.
"Yeah man, it hurts. I wasn't there for my team. If I played better, we would have won, for sure," Wiggins said of his performance.
The Kansas superstar has made no attempt to dodge questions about his future (he's always said he's going to the NBA after 1 year at Kansas) and he made no attempt to dodge responsibility for his worst game of the season, a 1-for-6 shooting day, in which he had as many turnovers, four, as points. Kansas lost the round-of-32 game to Stanford 60-57.
"I blame myself for this loss." Wiggins finished a thought succinctly.
Wiggins' teammates were quick to share the load. "He a young dude and sometimes you're going to have games like that," Jamari Traylor said of Wiggins' night. "Nobody's perfect, you know and today was a rough day for him, today was a rough game for me and a couple other guys as well."
The 4 point effort was the Canadians' second-lowest output on the season, next to a 3-point game in a loss at Oklahoma State. His 16.7% shooting output tied his worst of the season.
"He obviously had an off day," Bill Self said of Wiggins' play. "That wasn't the guy that we've seen all year," Self continued. "I hate that his last game he labored like this, because he's obviously better than what was shown today."
Wiggins' play in KU's loss to the Cardinal was an outlier on an otherwise outstanding freshman campaign. He finished the year averaging 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. Stuffing a stat sheet like that get you awards, and Wiggins was the conference Freshman of the year one of two unanimous selections on the All-Big 12 First Team, along with the conference player of the year Melvin Ejim of Iowa State.
"We accomplished a lot, you know; especially a lot of the individuals on this team, with all the awards we got and winning the Big 12 for a 10th time. So, we had a good year." Wiggins said.
He embraced his time in Lawrence as much as Jayhawk fans embraced him. The strong, silent type; Wiggins let his play do most of his talking inside Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Message received, loud and clear.