Kansas was initially considered a longshot to receive a commitment from Andrew Wiggins, even internally.

Wiggins visited the campus for Senior Night on March 4, where the Jayhawks also honored likely one-and-done redshirt freshman Ben McLemore.

“We always thought that our sell to him was, ‘You could step right in here and fill in and do exactly what Ben was doing last year, at even a different level,’” Kurtis Townsend said. “I think it was a pretty good sell for him.”

Bill Self thought Wiggins' visit improved their odds in landing him.

“After he left here, I felt like we were in the game and had a shot,” Self said.