Andrew Wiggins, the top college basketball recruit in the country, has selected the University of Kansas as his destination this fall and immediately makes the Jayhawks one of the top contenders to win the NCAA tournament in 2014.
The Jayhawks were priced as high as +3,300 to win the national title in the days leading up to Wiggins’ decision Tuesday and were still available around that price at many sportsbooks in the minutes following the announcement. Some books have trimmed KU down to +1,200. The LVH Superbook in Las Vegas moved Kansas from 25-1 to 10-1 a few hours following Wiggins' commitment.
"Wiggins committing to Kansas changes their odds a little, but Kentucky still the favorite," Cantor Gaming in Nevada said on their Twitter account. The Wildcats are a +500 favorite to win the NCAA tournament at most markets.
Kansas is loaded with potential but is very inexperienced. Head coach Bill Self brings in other top recruits Wayne Selden, Joel Embiid, Brannen Greene and Conner Frankamp, and also returns Perry Ellis, Naadir Tharpe and Jamari Traylor from last year’s team. However, none of those three were starters.
Wiggins, a 6-foot-8 Canadian out of Huntington Prep in West Virginia, had narrowed his choices down to Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas and Florida State. Many projected him to follow in his family’s footsteps and attend FSU, where his father and mother were both standout athletes.