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Wichita State announces Wiggins signing

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 6:04 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 10:53 p.m.

Nick Wiggins, a 6-foot-6 wing from Wabash Valley (Ill.) College signed his letter of intent Wednesday with Wichita State’s men’s basketball team.

“Nick is a player our staff had targeted who can really score,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said in a news release. “He can shoot it, drive it and has big-time athleticism.”

Wiggins, a sophomore, will have two seasons of eligibility at WSU. He averaged 17.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists for Wabash Valley. Wiggins made 53 percent of his shots, 40 percent of his three-pointers (38 of 94) and 73 percent of his free throws (130 of 177 in 31 games).

The Warriors went 27-10 and finished in eighth place in the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson. Wiggins was named to the 12-man all-tournament team after averaging 20.2 points in four games. He ended the tournament with 28 points in an 83-74 loss to Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College.

Wiggins averaged 16.6 points as a freshman at Vincennes (Ind.) University. He is the son of former NBA player Mitchell Wiggins. He grew up in Toronto before moving to Florida for his junior year at Godby High in Tallahassee.

Mitchell Wiggins, who played at Florida State, played six NBA seasons with Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. Marita Payne-Wiggins, Nick’s mother, was a sprinter at Florida State who earned 21 NCAA All-American honors and won two silver medals for Canada in the 1984 Olympics. Younger brother Andrew Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 sophomore at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, is ranked as one of the nation’s top players in the class of 2014.

Nick Wiggins will join a recruiting class that includes five players who signed in the fall: Forward Cleanthony Early from Sullivan County (N.Y.) Community College; Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar forward Teddy Hawkins; Rockford (Ill.) Auburn guard Fred Van Vleet; Houston Klein Forest forward Derail Green and center Henry Uwadiae of Evelyn Mack Academy in Charlotte, N.C.

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