IRVING, Texas – Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins has been chosen the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in a vote by a media panel which covers the league, the conference announced Monday. Wiggins is recognized for the second time as top rookie and his award marks the eighth weekly honor for KU in 2013-14.
Wiggins had two double-figure scoring efforts as the Jayhawks extended their win streak to six games with victories over Baylor (78-68) and at TCU (91-69). The Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, guard averaged 22.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 55.0 percent. He opened the week with 17 points against the Bears, including 11 points in the second half. Wiggins was then the main catalyst versus the Frogs with a career-best 27 points, including 19 in the first half. He also made 19-of-22 (.864) from the free throw line on the week and leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring with 15.8 points per game.
Six different Jayhawks have earned Big 12 player or newcomer accolades this season. Embiid, Selden, Andrew Wiggins and Tarik Black have all earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week in 2013-14. The KU foursome surpasses its previous high of three different Kansas Big 12 Newcomer of the Week selections established in 2005-06 (Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and Julian Wright).
Kansas 2013-14 Big 12 Weekly Honorees
Nov. 18 – Perry Ellis (co-player); Andrew Wiggins (newcomer)
Dec. 2 – Joel Embiid (newcomer)
Dec. 23 – Tarik Black (newcomer)
Jan. 13 – Wayne Selden, Jr. (newcomer)
Jan. 20 – Naadir Tharpe (player); Joel Embiid (newcomer)
Jan. 27 – Andrew Wiggins (newcomer)