Someday, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins may become a staple at the ESPYs, the made-for-television awards show that brings together stars from across the sports landscape every July.
For now, he’ll have to be content with a glimpse of the red-carpet treatment.
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Wiggins is in Los Angeles for Wednesday night’s awards show after being honored as the 2012-13 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year in a dinner ceremony on Tuesday night.
Wiggins, who averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds this past season at St. Joseph (Huntington, W.Va.) Prep, was previously selected the Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
And his credentials are certainly hard to argue.
The consensus top player in the country, Wiggins led his high school squad — the Express — to a 30-3 finish and a No. 7 spot in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings while also maintaining a 3.31 grade-point average. The previous summer, he helped Team Canada to a bronze-medal finish at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championships.
Morgan Andrews of Milford, N.H. took home the national girls honor after being selected the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year earlier this spring. In addition to athletic excellence, the award recognizes academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field. Both Wiggins and Andrews will be featured as special guests during tonight ESPY Awards telecast.
Former Kansas star Ben McLemore shook off a rough couple days in the NBA summer league.
After shooting just four of 23 from the field in his debut last weekend, McLemore finished with a game-high 26 points in an 81-70 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
McLemore, who finished eight of 14 from the floor, had also managed just 14 points (four-of-12 shooting) in a loss to Golden State on Monday.