Andrew Wiggins was the No. 1 overall basketball recruit coming out of high school. Last Thursday, the former Kansas Jayhawk became the No. 1 overall pick – the draft selection known in inner NBA circles as the 1-1 pick – in the 2014 NBA draft.
Shortly after his first-out-of-the-box selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wiggins talked to Inside Hoops magazine. Here are a couple of excerpts from that interview:
“A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now. It’s a dream come true. I’ve been dreaming or this moment since I was a little kid. My dream was just to make the NBA. Now going to high school and college, the opportunity and possibility of going No. 1 came into talk, and now I accomplished that. So it’s a little crazy feeling right now. It doesn’t even feel real right now.”
Wiggins and Jabari Parker, formerly of Duke, had been neck and neck in the national debate over who would go No. 1 in the draft, especially after it became known the Wiggins’ Kansas teammate Joel Embiid was diagnosed with a fractured foot just days ahead of the draft.
Wiggins was asked if there was a rivalry brewing between himself and Park, given that the two players were 1-2 in the draft and will be playing in the same general region in the country:
“Good players will always be compared to each other, you know, but I will never think of anything as a rivalry. I think that’s what the media portrays it to be. On the court, doesn’t matter who I’m going against. I’m going to go hard. I’m going to win. Off the court, we can be friends, but on the court, it’s a different story. I’ll never treat one person differently in the court. Whoever is guarding me, whoever I’m guarding, I’m just going to win.”