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Unfazed by shadow of younger brother, Nick Wiggins contributing to Wichita State’s success

Updated: 2014-01-17T18:36:07Z

By VAHE GREGORIAN

The Kansas City Star

— Among the reasons Andrew Wiggins chose to play basketball at Kansas, he has said frequently, was that his older brother Nick is at Wichita State.

Nick Wiggins "is very proud of his brother. We all are. And they’re very close," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said during an interview Wednesday, smiling and adding, "So at least Bill (Self, the KU coach), should give us an assist on that, you know?"

But Lawrence and Wichita are about 160 miles apart, and their schedules conflict in any number of ways, so it’s not like they’ve seen much of each other.

"He’s been down here twice, and I’ve been there once," Nick said. "We try as much as we can, but it’s hard to hang out a lot. We mostly talk over the phone."

For all the hoopla over his freshman brother, senior Nick Wiggins is thrilled for him and just fine operating under considerably less scrutiny as the sixth man for the No. 5 Shockers. And he’s become a more integral part of the team this season after struggling to adapt to Marshall last season, his first in Wichita after transferring from junior college.

He had a reputation, and inclination, for offense, but was less invested in the other end of the floor.

"Last year, there was no `D’ in his defense; it was just fence," Marshall said. "He finally got the (message) that he’s going to let me rot here on this bench unless I give him effort on the defensive end and on the glass."

To reach Vahe Gregorian, call 816-234-4868 or send email to vgregorian@kcstar.com.

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