April 12, 2012
Head Coach Gregg Marshall has announced the signing of Nick Wiggins to a National Letter-of-Intent to play basketball at Wichita State beginning with the 2012-13 season.
Wiggins, a 6-foot-6 wing from Toronto, Canada, averaged 17.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists for Wabash Valley (Ill.) College in 2011-12 and led them to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
"Nick is a player our staff had targeted who can really score the basketball," Marshall said. "He can shoot it, drive it, and has big-time athleticism. He knows of our success with two year players, and feels he can contribute immediately. He is an outstanding young man from a really accomplished and close-knit family."
Both of Nick's parents are in the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame. His father, Mitchell, was an honorable mention All-American at Florida State and averaged 22.7 points per game as a senior. He was a first round draft pick of the Pacers in 1983, and was traded to the Rockets, where he spent five of his six NBA seasons. He also played for the Warriors and the Supersonics, averaging over 10 points per game in his NBA career. His mother, Marita, was a twenty-one time NCAA All-American and went on to win two silver medals for Canada at the 1984 Olympic Games.
For Wabash Valley and head coach Dan Sparks, Nick shot 53 percent overall, 40 percent from three-point range (38-of-94) and 73 percent from the line (130-of-177). He led the Warriors to a 27-10 record and an eighth-place finish in the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson. He was named to the NJCAA all-tournament team after averaging 20.2 points.
Prior to Wabash, Wiggins averaged 16.6 points as a freshman at Vincennes (Ind.) University. He grew up in Toronto, Canada before moving to Florida for his junior year at Godby High in Tallahassee.
In high school at Godby High, he was one of the Sunshine State's top prep players in 2008-09 for head coach Al Arnold.
Wiggins joins fall signees, Cleanthony Early, a 6-foot-8, 220 pound forward from Sullivan (N.Y) Community College; Derail Green, a 6-7, 190 pound forward from Houston Klein Forest; Fred Van Vleet, a 5-11, 175-pound guard from Rockford (Ill.) Auburn; Henry Uwadiae , a 6-10, 210-pound center from Benin City, Nigeria; and Teddy Hawkins, a a 6-foot-8, 180 pound forward from Dayton Dunbar High School.