- Jason King
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas basketball fans have heard all offseason about how well Andrew Wiggins can shoot, dunk and defend.
Now they'll find out if he can dance.
Wiggins and the rest of the Jayhawks' No. 2-ranked recruiting class will be unveiled Friday night when Kansas begins its season with "Late Night in the Phog" at Allen Fieldhouse.
"I'm ready to step out in front of everyone for the first time," Wiggins said. "I'll be nervous -- a good nervous, not bad."
Even though it concludes with an intrasquad scrimmage, most of the evening will involve variety-show-style skits, impersonations, videos and dance-offs among players. A bit corny? Sure. But that never stops a sellout crowd of 16,300 from showing up to the Late Night festivities.
The arrival of Wiggins and his freshman classmates has enhanced the buzz about this year's event -- and season -- even more.
"From what I can tell, this is the most anticipated start of the season we've had since I've been here," 11th-year coach Bill Self said. "I can't ever remember us having this much hype."
The question now is whether the Jayhawks can live up to it.
Or rather, how quickly.