Basketball

Wigginton, Lard & Jackson earn Big 12 season honors

The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State athletics communications. 

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State had three players recognized Sunday when the Big 12 announced its annual men’s basketball awards. Senior Donovan Jackson along with newcomers Cameron Lard and Lindell Wigginton each received recognition for their performances during the 2017-18 season.

Wigginton, a freshman by way of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team as well as All-Big 12 honorable mention accolades after posting one of the best rookie seasons in school history. The first ISU freshman to be recognized by the league’s coaches since Curtis Stinson (2004), he recorded an ISU freshman record 12 20-point games, including eight against league foes, on his way to averaging 16.6 points during the regular season.

Wigginton, a three-time Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, became the Big 12’s eighth freshman, joining the likes of Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley, to score more than 300 points in conference games. He ranks sixth in scoring and is 11th in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.406). Wigginton has already set the ISU freshman record for three-point field goals made (67) and he is on pace to break the mark for points per game.

Jackson, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors as one of the league’s best three-point shooters. He connected on 93 three-pointers, which is the fifth most in a single-season in school history and third most in the Big 12 for 2017-18. He scored 20 points in 10 games, including the league’s second-most game with at least 24 points (nine times).

Jackson, who is second on the team with 15.3 points per game, has made 137 three-pointers in his two seasons at Iowa State, which ranks 11th all-time at the school.

Lard, a redshirt freshman from Natchitoches, Louisiana, set the ISU freshman record with 60 blocks, becoming just the fifth player in school history to reach that mark. He is averaging 12.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, making him one of just three freshmen nationally recording 12-8-2 per game. 

Lard is also on pace to break ISU’s rookie mark with a 60.2 field-goal percentage. Fred Hoiberg holds the record currently at 57.3 percent. He captured two Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors and posted eight double-doubles this season, including two games with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Lard and Wigginton give ISU one of the nation’s top freshman duos having set ISU’s rookie scoring record by a duo with 849 points this season.

The Cyclones return to action Wednesday at 8 p.m. when they face Texas at the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Missouri.

Chris Williams

administrator

Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.