Robert Maxwell Shoots Future NBA Star Andrew Wiggins for GQ
Robert Maxwell photographed "Next Year's #1 NBA Draft Pick," Andrew Wiggins, for GQ's November issue. "He's 18 years old and he's already been selected as an All-American without playing any college basketball games," explained Maxwell. "But he was shy – a sweet kid – and accommodating."
Maxwell set up the shoot in a gymnasium at University of Kansas, where Wiggins is a Jayhawk ... for now. "I had him hanging on the rim, even one-handed, and he had no problem doing it," the photographer said. "He held it until I got the shot, and it hurts! I'm not going to lie; I tried and I couldn't do it for more than a couple of seconds." Maxwell and his team extended a boom about 20 feet in the air to light the frame: "Normal equipment doesn't go that high. We had this brilliant assistant from Kansas who was used to working on film sets and he put together this thing, which was pretty fantastic."
Reflecting on his time spent with Wiggins, Maxwell hopes the blooming athlete keeps "his personality in a year, two years, five years from now. He's only going to stay at Kansas for a bit, then he'll be drafted into the NBA as the most-hyped rookie since LeBron. I'm hopeful it won't change him."