Kansas terrific recruiting class got even better with the addition of the consensus No. 1 prospect in the country Andrew Wiggins. But how will he fit into the Jayhawk system?
Which forward position will Andrew Wiggins play at Kansas?
The most compelling question concerning Wiggins and Kansas is how will he be integrated into the three out/two in High-Low attack of the Jayhawks.
At 6-8 Wiggins is capable of playing both the small forward and power forward position offensively. In a lot of college offenses, the two forward positions play pretty much the same role out of a four out/one in attack. The power forward is primarily a perimeter player like the small forward.
Kansas, however, utilizes the power forward more on the interior as a low post and high post player. The small forward generally spots up on the wing to stretch the defense as a shooting threat and looks for opportunities to backdoor cut.
When analyzing the Kansas roster, Wiggins is likely to spend a lot of time at the power forward position. As a 6-8 athlete who will play on the wing in the NBA, Wiggins will spend a lot of time in the paint if Kansas continues with its usual system.
Wiggins would thrive in this position as the focal point of the Kansas attack. He should put up great scoring and rebounding numbers. However, will he be satisfied in this role of feel he should play more on the wing in preparation for the NBA? Or will Bill Self tweak his system to more of a four out/one in attack where he can play Wiggins at power forward but also allow him the freedom to play on the perimeter?
Certainly Wiggins could play small forward with returning sophomore Perry Ellis at the four, but the small forward position isn't a focal point in the traditional Kansas attack. In addition incoming freshman Brannen Greene as 6-7 sharp shooter with leaping ability is a prototypical fit at the small forward in the traditional Kansas system.
Along with Greene, incoming five-star freshman Wayne Selden will likely play small forward as well as shooting guard as will returning sophomore Andrew White.
Regardless, I'm sure Bill Self is thrilled about the opportunity to figure out how to utilize Wiggins. My guess is that Wiggins plays a lot at power forward, and Self expands the role of that position to utilize Wiggins' full capabilities and help prepare him for the NBA.