Canadian Andrew Wiggins makes the cover of Sports Illustrated

Canadian basketball star Andrew Wiggins on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Canadian basketball star Andrew Wiggins on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 PM ET

TORONTO - No pressure, kid.

Sports Illustrated, perhaps trying to get back in his good graces after a bit of a rip-job last year, features Thornhill phenom Andrew Wiggins on its front cover and feature story hitting newsstands this week. The piece highlighted a proverbial Jayhawks torch being passed down to Wiggins from Wilt Chamberlain, the best player in school history and Danny Manning, who led Kansas to the 1988 national championship before going No. 1 overall in the NBA draft.

Though author Luke Winn attempted to downplay the comparison angle of the piece, saying it instead just looks at three different elite freshman arriving in three different eras, the hype is off the charts for Wiggins to duplicate those feats.

Wiggins, born in Vaughan to former NBAer Mitchell Wiggins and ex-Canadian track star Marita Payne-Wiggins, chose Kansas in a somewhat surprising decision, with Kentucky and Florida State expected to be the favourites to land him.

 


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