Friday was a great day for Andrew Wiggins, the freshman sensation for the University of Kansas, which defeated Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
And Friday was an absolute deflating day for Jabari Parker, the equally ballyhooed (equally talented?) freshman player at Duke University, which was shocked by Mercer in the first round.
Both players — before and during the regular season — were seen as one-and-done players, at their schools just to fulfill the National Basketball Association’s requirement that they make the pretense of starting to get a college education.
But after the game,Parker was dropping a little hint that he might
— just might — stick around Duke after going out on such a sour note.
Now let’s quickly get real: Money talks, and Parker is likely to drop this talk about coming back to school.
As for Wiggins, the longer KU gets to play in the tournament, the more he’s going to feel that he’s done everything expected of him by the ever-worshiping Jayhawk fan base.
Big 12 regular season title? Check.
Big 12 tournament title? No, made it to the semi-finals, but still not anything to be too disappointed about.
Many rabid KU fans expect nothing else but a Final Four run by Wiggins and the Jayhawks, even without missing big man Joel Embiid.
Still, you can never tell about March Madness.
Heck, Stanford could rise up and smack KU out of the tournament on Sunday.
And if that happens, Kansas supporters will quickly start wondering whether Wiggins just might think of coming back to Lawrence next fall.
Just don’t get your hopes up too high, Jayhawk fans.