Andrew Wiggins’ first two days in the Bahamas were anything but paradise.
According to Kansas coach Bill Self, Wiggins has been battling a rather nasty flu bug that may have hampered his energy level during Kansas’ 87-78 victory over Wake Forest in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
“He’s actually feeling better,” Self said. “He was really struggling the last two days.”
Wiggins, who has spent most of the last two days in his room, still managed to finish with 17 points and four rebounds, including 12 points during the second half. He is now averaging 16.8 points per game after his first five games. For comparison, former KU guard Ben McLemore, who set KU’s all-time freshman scoring mark last season, averaged 14 points in his first five games. McLemore finished the season averaging 15.9 points per game.
On Thursday, Wiggins, who was not made available to reporters after the game, had five points in the first half before finishing strong down the stretch.
“He’s got to learn to play through it,” Self said. “He actually did some good things when he got back in there.”