They tried to open up the back door for him, so you-know-who could do the you-know-what and bring the bloody house down, nice and early.

But when Andrew Wiggins got the ball on the far right wing for the first time in a real-life college game (well, OK, it was an exhibition) against a real-life college opponent (well, OK, Pittsburg State), he shot-faked his defender back with a half-step and promptly ... took another half-step.

History will call it a travel. But, hey, mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Right?

"I don't know," Pitt State forward Cody Gafford told FOXSportsKansasCity.com when asked about Wiggins, who recorded 16 points and six boards his collegiate debut for the University of Kansas.

"Really, I mean, I was expecting a lot more out of him."

Maple Jordan, maybe.

But the second coming of Michael Jordan? Well ...

"But you know, when Kansas plays basketball, the whole team gets in the game," Gafford said of the Jayhawks, who stormed to a 97-57 victory Tuesday night in their preseason debut. "They don't just focus on one player."

The media did, of course. The crowd did, too, and it seemed to wear on the Canadian teen's face in the early going. The No. 1 prep recruit in the country and the presumptive top pick in next spring's NBA Draft wound up stringing together a solid, if unspectacular, final stat line: 25 minutes, 5-for-13 from the floor, 0-for-3 on treys, 16 points, six rebounds, two blocks and three camera crews from his native country, chronicling his every move.

"I'm sure he had butterflies," Gorillas forward Trevor Gregory observed. "If I was in his position, knowing that everybody was expecting that much out of me, I would be so nervous."