Dec 7, 2017; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Lindell Wigginton (5) scores on a easy layup in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at James H. Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones beat the Hawkeyes 84 to 78. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
Lindell Wigginton has announced he will return to Iowa State for his sophomore season. The Cyclones’ high-scoring Canadian announced his decision on Twitter.
Was a blessing going through the draft process but I have made my decision. I’m now looking forward to helping lead the Cyclones to a great year and getting us back on the national map! Thanks so much to all of the support from CyclONEnation during this process! #Year2 💫 pic.twitter.com/atpJGNdGM8
— Lindell Wigginton (@Lwigginton5) May 30, 2018
Wigginton, a 6-foot-2 guard from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as a freshman in 2017-18. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors and was a member of the Big 12’s All-Newcomer team.
“I’m glad that Lindell had the opportunity to go through the experience of testing the waters for the NBA Draft,” Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm said in a press release. “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.”
His 518 points are the second-most ever by a Cyclone freshman and he owns three Iowa State freshman records in points per game, 20-point games and 3-pointers. He scored 318 points in Big 12 play, becoming only the eighth freshman in league history to reach that mark.
Wigginton’s return puts Iowa State in position to have a much more talented roster in 2018-19 as compared to last season. He will be joined by Virginia transfer Marial Shayok, Nick Weiler-Babb and incoming freshman Talen Horton-Tucker to headline what figures to be a deep backcourt.
“I chose to come back to Iowa State because I didn’t want to settle,” Wigginton said in the release. “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 and want to have a chance to play in March Madness and compete for a national championship for the best fans in college basketball.”
We will have a lot more coverage of Lindell Wigginton’s decision here on Cyclone Fanatic in the coming hours.