Andrew would be former Huntington Prep star Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No. 1 recruit in the last recruiting class and the first freshman to ever make the Big 12's preseason all-conference team. He's already been on the cover of Sports Illustrated and been named the CBSSports.com preseason player of the year and reportedly has a massive apparel contract waiting with adidas.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Wiggins has been hailed as the best high school prospect since LeBron James and been compared historically with Kevin Durant, who was the national player of the year in the Big 12 at Texas. Self said the attention "is not fair" because Wiggins is so new to everything he's about to encounter, but also because he's not necessarily the type of player who will feed the hype.
"If you really understand ball, he'll be a guy that will impact our team in ways other than scoring points because he can do a lot of different things," Self said. "But he can impact in ways to help us win far more than maybe anybody I've ever coached.
"I hope people do cut him some slack from a production standpoint. I think the expectation should be high. I think that there should be hype. But comparing some of the guys that they've compared him to I don't think is fair because those guys come around once in a lifetime."
IOWA STATE placed fourth in the conference's preseason poll, its highest place since the 2000-01 season. That didn't exactly thrill Coach Fred Hoiberg, who signed a 10-year, $20 million contract extension after leading the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season.
"The one guy I showed our team is the guy from USA Today that ranked us 10th," Hoiberg said. "That is the one ranking I showed our guys. That is the thing that I like - being picked low and then you try to go out to prove people wrong.
"I'm still trying to figure out what exactly we are as a group. What will our identity be? We have so many new people on this roster, so many new faces."
The Cylcones lost 52 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists per game and 279 of the NCAA-high and Big 12 record 346 3-pointers they made last season. Hoiberg has reloaded with transfers, including three from junior college and one from Marshall.
DeAndre Kane, one of only two active players to average at least 15 points per game in his first three seasons, will play his final season at Iowa State after beginning with the Thundering Herd.
"DeAndre Kane was a very important addition for us," Hoiberg said. "He's kind of a combo guard for us and he's a very versatile player, which fits how we play. He's 6-4, 210 pounds and we can use him in a lot of different ways.
"We can post him up against smaller defender and he's a very good playmaker. He averaged seven assists a year ago. He's been really good in that area for us as far as making the simple plays, which is something we really stress with our system."
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