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Big brother Wiggins' path to NBA won't be easy

When Nick Wiggins challenges his little brother to a game of one-on-one, things can get a little intense.

"Tough love. Elbows," he said. "The older sibling doesn't want to lose. The younger sibling doesn't want to get beat up on by the older brother."

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But when little bro is Andrew Wiggins, who could be the top pick in this month's draft, big bro has to deal with his share of defeat.

Asked about the similarities in their games, Jazz VP of Player Personnel Walt Perrin responded: "Last name."

Both players are athletic, Perrin said, "but younger brother might be a little bit better."

Both enjoyed incredible success this year.

Andrew was a freshman phenom at Kansas.

Nick helped Wichita State go undefeated before the NCAA Tournament.

"It's been a great year," Nick Wiggins said.

But while Andrew will be in the green room on June 26, Nick is just trying to impress NBA teams. Thursday's workout with the Utah Jazz was his first.

"Nick shot it very well today from 3," Perrin said. "That kind of surprised us a little bit."

Wiggins was also pleased with his measurements.

He's 6-4.5 without shoes, and has a 6-11 wingspan.

"Just getting quicker. Building on my defense. I feel like my defense improved a lot my senior year," the Wichita State Shocker said when asked what he's working on. "My ball-handling so I can play the guard position at the next level. Hopefully the 1, 2 and 3."

— Aaron Falk

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