Wigginton returning to ISU
By LUKE MEREDITH
AP Sports Writer
AMES — Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton says he is withdrawing from consideration for the NBA draft and returning to school for his sophomore season.
Wigginton, who averaged 16.7 points and 2.8 assists a game as a freshman, announced his plans on Wednesday.
Wigginton and fellow newcomer Cameron Lard gave the Cyclones a pair of young cornerstone players in what was a rebuilding season a year ago. Wigginton broke Iowa State’s record for points by a freshman, topping 20 on 13 different occasions.
Though Wigginton had a strong initial season in Ames, he wasn’t expected to get drafted — especially after playing mostly at shooting guard despite standing just 6-foot-2.
“I’m glad that Lindell had the opportunity to go through the experience of testing the waters for the NBA draft,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said in a statement. “With that being said, we are extremely excited to have Lindell in our program for his sophomore season. After a tremendous freshman season, I think Lindell has a chance to be not only one of the top players in the Big 12, but in the country. I’m looking forward to him helping lead our team.”
Wigginton will rejoin a team that’ll be mostly intact after a disappointing 14-18 season.
The biggest question moving forward will be whether Prohm moves Wigginton back to point guard and Nick Weiler-Babb — who shined in his role as a facilitator — moves over to small forward.
“I chose to come back to Iowa State because I didn’t want to settle,” Wigginton said. “I know where I can help take our team this season and I want to be considered a winner. I am determined to be one of the best guards in college basketball.”