Andrew Wiggins Declares for the NBA Draft

John Weast/Getty Images Sport(LAWRENCE, Kan.) -- Andrew Wiggins officially declared for this year's NBA Draft on Monday after spending only one season with the Jayhawks.

Wiggins is expected by many experts to be selected in the top three picks come June.

"It wasn't an easy decision because the fans showed me so much love here," an emotional Wiggins said. "I just wish I had more time. College goes by so fast. I can see why people stay all four years."

Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and nearly six rebounds this season for a Kansas team that lost to Stanford in the third-round of the NCAA tournament.

"Obviously this announcement needed to happen," Kansas head coach Bill Self said of his star player.

"It's not like this year. He came in with so much hype, and whether he knew it or not, everybody was salivating for a chance to go against a guy with that much hype," Self continued. "And he's going to the next level with a lot of hype, but men are going to be saying, `Whoa, whoa, whoa, rook. I've been doing this a long time and you're going to have to earn your way."

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