Wiggins one and done
Kansas freshman forward Andrew Wiggins announced on Monday that he is leaving the school to enter the NBA Draft.
Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Jayhawks this season, which ended with a thirdround loss to Stanford in the NCAA Tournament.
“I’m confident I’m ready,” Wiggins said. “No one game’s perfect. I have a lot work on.”
A native of Ontario, Wiggins is projected as a topthree pick in the June draft. His decision to leave did not come as a surprise.
Coach Bill Self said he enjoyed having Wiggins on the team.
“He was so coachable, a great teammate,” Self said. “As good as he was for us, he’s only scratching the surface of what he can do. ... He’s a humble, unselfish, team-first guy. He’s been an unbelievable ambassador to our program.”
Kansas teammate Joel Embiid also is expected to declare himself eligible for the draft, but the 7-foot freshman center said last week that he has yet to make a final decision.
Cal coach Montgomery retires
California coach Mike Montgomery decided to retire on Monday, according to multiple reports.
Montgomery reportedly met with athletic director Sandy Barbour about his future and chose to retire. The school will make a formal announcement later in the day.
Montgomery still has two more years left on his current contract.
Montgomery, 67, ranks fourth among Division I head coaches with 677 wins. He trails only Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams and Rick Pitino.
Montgomery took the Bears to the NCAA Tournament in four of his six seasons at Cal, though they failed to reach the NCAA tournament this season.
Prior to Cal, Montgomery coached the Golden State Warriors for two seasons following a highly successful coaching stint at Stanford. The Cardinal got to the Final Four in 1998 and the Elite Eight in 2001 under Montgomery.
Montgomery had bladder cancer surgery in 2011.
New Mexico’s Neal gets 2-year extension
New Mexico head coach Craig Neal was given a twoyear contract extension after becoming the first rookie coach to lead the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament. His contract now runs through the 2019-20 season.
Neal took over the head job this season following six as the associate head coach and led the Lobos to a 27-7 record, tying for the 12thmost victories by a first-year head coach in NCAA history.
Nicknamed “Noodles,” Neal was 2-2 against Top 25 teams this season.
“I’m thankful to Paul, President Frank and the administration,” said Neal. “We have a tremendous program here at New Mexico, with an unbelievable facility and great fans. Having raised my children here in New Mexico, I’m excited to be the coach here, and I’m excited for our future as a program.”