Dynamic Duo: Inside Andrew Wiggins’ Relationship With His Trainer

Dynamic Duo: Inside Andrew Wiggins’ Relationship With His Trainer

For most people, watching Andrew Wiggins play the game of basketball is a jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring experience. His combination of size and athleticism leaves fans amazed and defenders dazed. His 6-foot-8 frame and explosive skill set made him a No. 1 pick and one of the best young players in the game, but according to his trainer, Drew Hanlen, Wiggins is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.

So while most people watch Wiggins in amazement, Hanlen nitpicks every single detail, pointing out any flaws and always pushing Wiggins to be even better.

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Creating The Crazy Explosive: A look at the designing of Andrew Wiggins’ new shoe

Creating The Crazy Explosive: A look at the designing of Andrew Wiggins’ new shoe

Andrew Wiggins adidas Crazy Explosive

Explosiveness is the name of the game in today’s basketball landscape. The players are bigger, faster, stronger, and more athletic than ever before. Andrew Wiggins is the perfect example of today’s hyper-athletic star. His size, quickness, and springy athleticism create chaos on the court. He ignites crowds with electrifying dunks and creates memorable, game-defining plays on a regular basis. He needs a shoe that not only allows his athleticism to shine, but actually maximizes it.

The adidas Crazy Explosive is focused on doing just that. It’s built for the game’s most explosive players – highlight reel machines who play above the rim. The shoe is equipped with extensive tech features that allow it to truly live up to its nickname.

Crazy Explosive Full Length Boost

Full-Length Boost

Boost cushioning provides the extra bounce that allows Wiggins to attack the rim and anyone in his path. The cushioning provides lasting comfort and also enhances responsiveness so every time Wiggins lands, Boost returns that energy so he can sky even higher.

Lockdown Features

Keeping the foot secure and locked into position is vital for explosiveness. A shoe needs to work with the body during the jumping motion to maximize liftoff. To help with this, the Crazy Explosive is equipped with a full-length bootie that provides a tailored, adjustable fit to keep the foot snug within the shoe.

adidas Crazy Explosive traction

Traction

To ensure the best possible liftoff, the Crazy Explosive uses wrapped power traction and a contoured outsole, providing commanding grip and balance so that when it’s time to jump, you can really get up. Utilizing that power helps you sky higher and jump faster than usual.

Comfort

On top of all the explosive features, the shoe also focuses on comfort. To play at your best, you need to feel your best. The Crazy Explosive ensures this with a Primeknit upper that offers comfort and allows for greater air flow.

adidas Crazy Explosive

Crazy Explosive

Traction, comfort, lockdown, and energy return combine to create a shoe that’s geared toward Andrew Wiggins and the game’s best players. In today’s fast-paced game, players need any advantage they can get. The Crazy Explosive maximizes your athleticism to give you an edge.

Andrew Wiggins puts defenders on posters, ignites crowds, and changes the momentum of a game with a single play. When it’s time to explode, he is equipped with the shoes that are engineered for that very moment. Will you be?

Top Recruit Andrew Wiggins Chooses Kansas

Top Recruit Andrew Wiggins Chooses Kansas

Top Recruit Andrew Wiggins Chooses Kansas

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“Freakishly gifted athlete.” “Impossible to guard.” “The best NBA prospect since LeBron James.”

Andrew Wiggins Chooses Kansas (1)Those are just some of the items you’ll find on a scouting report about Canadian prep star Andrew Wiggins, now the newest member of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.

Wiggins announced his decision earlier today, choosing Kansas over Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State. He now becomes the crown jewel of a very strong six-man freshman class assembled by coach Bill Self.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Wiggins is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and track & field runner Marita Payne. After making a name for himself at Vaughn Secondary School, Wiggins transferred to West Virginia’s Huntington Prep in Fall 2011. Recruiting started to rev up last October when he reclassified from the Class of 2013 to the Class of 2014.

At Huntington Prep, Wiggins was named the 2013 Naismith Prep Player of the Year and 2013 Gatorade Boy’s Basketball National Player of the Year. He’s gone on to compete at several postseason All-Star games, including the McDonald’s All American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit.

Many figure Wiggins will be a “one-and-done” and enter next year’s NBA Draft after one season at Kansas. However, Jayhawks fans have reason to be excited about landing the most heralded recruit in years and another shot at a National Championship.

How do you think Wiggins’ decision changes the landscape of college basketball? Do the “one-and-done” seasons take some of the luster off of these types of announcements?

Jayhawk Nation can celebrate today’s announcement by gearing up for the new season here at Eastbay.

Andrew Wiggins Chooses Kansas (2)

Andrew Wiggins Chooses Kansas (3)

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