Nick Wiggins: Nothing is Given in Life, You have to Go Get It
MOUNT CARMEL, IL–Several months ago, after speaking with Mitchell Wiggins, former NBA player and father of three talented basketball players, NPH discovered that the highly touted Andrew Wiggins, might be the best player in the world for his age, but isn’t the best in the family.
That right would belong to middle son, Nick Wiggins who has flown under the radar as most JUCO players do.
Nick is coming off an impressive freshman season with Vincennes Junior College that saw him average 17 points, four rebounds and two assists after playing his high school basketball in Canada (Vaughan Secondary) and prep school hoops in Florida (Amos. P Godby).
In his senior year at Godby, Nick was selected to the All-State Second Team.
The 6’6 shooting guard is long, athletic and could be considered an offensively polished version of his younger brother Andrew; a scary thought.
Nick can shoot with great efficency, both from mid-range and deep, as illustrated by his 40% 3P shooting, and 47% from the field, according to last season’s statistics at Vincennes.
However, Nick would be considered a primary threat in the slashing department.
“The strongest part of my game is getting to the rack. People compare me alot to D-Wade because of the way he attacks the rim,” explained Wiggins.
A successful freshman season in terms of production has earned Wiggins substantial NCAA interest from kansas St, Penn St, Florida St and Central Michigan who are all agressively recruiting him.
However, after a rocky start at Vincennes due to a coaching change at the beginning of the season, Wiggins found himself in a situation where he would have to prove himself all over again in order to get on the floor.
“I started going hard everyday, and my chance finally came…He (coach) put me in vs Allegany with eight minutes left in the first half…I ended up scoring 29 that game. After that, I started for the rest of the season.”
Although it wasn’t an ideal year from a team standpoint as Vincennes ended the season with an 18-13 record, Wiggins certainly learned a lot.
“I feel like it was a great learning experience for me. It taught me that nothing is given in life, you have to go and get it!”
Wiggins has transferred schools and is playing his final JUCO year at Wabash Valley (Mount Carmel, Illinois) before transitioning into the NCAA.
“My goals for this year are to be an honour-role student, and to be a JUCO All American. I have alot of confidence in my game and I know I can play at the highest level.”