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Lindell Wigginton’s past makes him perfect as Iowa State’s future

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Wigginton is the top recruit Steve Prohm has landed at Iowa State and one of the highest-rated recruits to pick the Cyclones. Wochit

Lindell Wigginton's Past Makes Him Perfect As Iowa State's Future

Oak Hill guard Lindell Wigginton is expected to make an immediate impact for Iowa State in 2017-18.(Photo: Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

When Iowa State recruit Lindell Wigginton walks into the Oak Hill Academy gym each day, he passes by pictures, jerseys and banners that honor the prodigious talents who have played there before him. Jerry Stackhouse, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo all suited up at Oak Hill Academy and guided the program to national powerhouse prominence before heading off to college and the NBA. Like them, Wigginton has came to the secondary school in Virginia to chase his NBA teams.

I m not really star-struck at anything, Wigginton said. It just motivates me to work hard and try to get where they re at. Wigginton’s next stop will be in Ames. He’s the top recruit Steve Prohm has landed at Iowa State and one of the highest-rated recruits to pick the Cyclones. The 6-foot-1 point guard is the nation’s No. 42 player in the 2017 class and his senior season at Oak Hill has backed up that lofty ranking.

His NBA dream, though, began in a hard-scrabble neighborhood in Nova Scotia. Three years ago, he left his home there to focus on basketball.

He was smart enough to get out of there and come down here and work on his game for three years and do the things that he had to do to be the player he is now,” Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said. He d be a Division I player up there but no way would he be the player he is now.

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When Wigginton arrived at Oak Hill, he had never lifted weights. There were struggles on the court. Wigginton, who was a star as a freshman starter at Prince Andrew High School in Canada, had to wait for playing time as a sophomore. That upset him.

He wasn t playing as much as he wanted to, Smith said. I think he thought he could just come down here and have the same success that he had in Nova Scotia. It was totally different.

Smith still knew he had something special in Wigginton. But it wasn’t easy to find him playing time on his star-powered roster full of older talent.

I knew he was going to be a Division I player, Smith said. He just had to be patient and I tried to get him minutes as much as I could.”

Lindell Wigginton's Past Makes Him Perfect As Iowa State's Future

Oak Hill Warriors guard Lindell Wigginton (5) shoots the ball in a December game against Tennessee Prep Academy during the Marshall County Hoopfest that brings several top high school basketball teams together. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Wigginton stuck with with it and the patience paid off. He shifted his attention to his school work and went from a C-student to the honor roll. He hit the weight room for the first time in his life and bulked up. His game got better too. During his junior season, he moved into the starting lineup and averaged 16.4 points. Wigginton earned honorable mention All-American honors for the Warriors, who finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 2 nationally. He became a prized prospect at a premium position. Recruiting websites took notice. ESPN, 247Sports, and Scout all ranked him a four-star recruit. Smith s phone began ringing and coaches were showing up in his office to talk about Wigginton.

Kentucky coach John Calipari called about Wigginton. Wigginton got offers from schools like Louisville, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida State and Georgia. Iowa State also came into the picture. Prohm was talking to Murray State coach Matt McMahon when Wigginton s name got brought him. McMahon worked as an assistant for Prohm at Murray State and took over when his boss left for Ames. Prohm asked McMahon last April if he d seen any good guards. McMahon recommended Wigginton. The next day, Iowa State assistant coach Neill Berry watched Wigginton play in a tournament in Dallas.

Berry was impressed by Wigginton’s explosiveness, strength at the basket and ability to make plays in traffic. He thought Wigginton would be perfect for Iowa State.

“Talented,” Berry said. “Just a strong, physical guard who could really score the basketball.”

Lindell Wigginton's Past Makes Him Perfect As Iowa State's Future

Lindell Wigginton is the highest-rated recruit Steve Prohm has landed at Iowa State. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Berry relayed what he saw back to Prohm. The two quickly courted Wigginton. They built a relationship with Wigginton and his entire family.

“We talked to him a ton,” Berry said. “And we stayed in contact with him and his parents as much as we could.”

Wigginton bonded with them. He felt at home with Ames and was comfortable with Prohm and his staff. He also liked Prohm s track history of success with guards. Prohm coached future NBA guards Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne at Murray State. Iowa State point guard Monte Morris has also thrived in Prohm’s offense.

I feel like they were the most real people that were recruiting me, Wigginton said. They weren t telling me what I wanted to hear. They were telling me the truth. They were seeing something in me. They believed in me. Wigginton saw something in the Cyclones, too, and last October, he committed to Iowa State.[3] In November, he signed his letter of intent to play for the Cyclones.

“Lindell is a guy that as a freshman that can step into this program and play right away,” Prohm said. “He s a guy that I really like the way he plays. His mentality on the offense end he s in attack mode all the time. Defense, he can stay in front of the ball and play in transition off ball screens. Wigginton plans to move to Ames in June. In the meantime, he s in the midst of a stellar senior season at Oak Hill. The 6-foot-1 Wigginton has bulked up to 185 pounds and has been unstoppable at times this season.

He s the leader of a prospect-packed roster that includes Kansas signee Billy Preston and Texas commit Matt Coleman. In a team full of stars, he might be the best.

Earlier this month, he poured in 35 points and helped Oak Hill end Chino Hills 60-game winning streak. Just a few minutes into the game, he showed his leadership abilities.

He came to the bench after three minutes and he goes, Coach, these kids are soft, Smith said. That was his opinion of Chino Hills that their kids are soft. And he goes, I m going to take them to the track every time.

He s not cocky at all to be honest. But, he s confident. He feels like he s better than everybody else on the floor which is a good thing. He plays with that kind of confidence.

Wigginton scored 14 in the last five minutes to lead the Oak Hill comeback victory. [4]

Wigginton gets up around 7:40 a.m.daily, eats breakfast, goes to chapel and has class until 2:30 p.m. Wigginton then goes to practice until around 5 p.m. After that, he spends his nights working on his academics or his game. Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long, another Canadian Cyclone, is a big fan of Wigginton’s.

He s turned it up a whole other level and went to Oak Hill and just blew up, Mitrou-Long said. It s a credit to him and his work and where he wants to be. He has the mindset of a killer and that s what makes him special. Wigginton s family follows his games on TV or the internet back in Canada. They ll make it to the United States for some games every year. It s been rewarding for his mom to see how far he s grown.

He just has that mentality that he knows what he wants, she said.

Lindell Wigginton's Past Makes Him Perfect As Iowa State's Future

Oak Hill guard Lindell Wigginton moved to the school in Mouth of Wilson, Va., his sophomore year. (Photo: Brian Fluharty/USA TODAY Sports)

There s no denying how much the move to Oak Hill has helped him on the court. Smith believes playing against the best high-schoolers there will pay off for Wigginton when he gets to Ames.

He s ready to roll right now, Smith said. He s ready to go to college. He ll play right away as a freshman. Prohm wouldn t say what his role would be on the team. But with guards Matt Thomas, Morris and Mitrou-Long graduating from the program after this season, Iowa State will have plenty of minutes available in 2017-18.

“I love everything about Lindell his personality, his toughness and I really think he s going to be able to step in and really help this program,” Prohm said. Wigginton doesn t just have his sights set on Ames. He wants to play in the NBA and join the list of Oak Hill alums who made it. Then, he can support his family like they did for him.

“I know I can get there, Wigginton said.


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Old ways of trying to fix the military aren’t working. The Canadian Armed Forces should unionize

Leadership at the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has always insisted that the well-being of the rank and file is their primary concern.

But the seemingly endless number of cases and stories about delayed pensions[1], lack of mental health resources[2], systemic sexual harassment[3] or even tragic, fatal incidences[4] suggest that generals are losing the battle. The piecemeal approach to fixing these issues isn’t working. Here’s something that might: unionizing the military.

It might seem like a radical idea, but the truth is that much of Canada’s security defence community is already unionized, including the police and fire departments, EMS, as well as the uniformed and armed personnel at Canadian Border Service Agency and Canadian Coast Guard. So too is the Communication Security Establishment under the Department of National Defence, as well as certain elements of Canadian Security Intelligence Service. In 2015, the RCMP won the right to unionize, too.

Faster and better treatment

Unionization is about trust and empowerment. It means giving the military rank and file the right, as a group, to self-advocate and negotiate for improved salary, benefits and working conditions within government-approved parameters. It will also give individual members the means to more effectively air their grievances. Invariably, the result will be faster and better treatment when it comes to injuries and disabilities, and it will mean quicker and more efficient remedies when benefits are denied.

On paper, it’s true that anyone in the military from private to general has the right to initiate a grievance, allegedly without fear of reprisal. In reality, it’s not so straightforward. Consider how a 19-year-old female private might feel, for example, individually filing a formal complaint of workplace harassment compared to, say, a 50-year-old colonel grieving the terms of his employment. It is simply not enough to say that all military personnel has the right to make a complaint if there are no corresponding guarantees of equality in representation, immune to influence of the strict military hierarchy.

Now, before a dystopian mirage of slovenly soldiers refusing orders preempts this debate, it’s important to outline what a unionized military does not mean: unionization does not mean challenging the operational commitments of the military, nor does it give service members the right to refuse a lawful order. It will not pacify our military, and the standard commands of “fall-in,” “advance,” “fire” and “halt” will not be subject to pre-approval by the union. Unionized militaries of NATO countries such as Germany, Norway and the Netherlands don’t operate like that, and ours won’t either.

Like its sister services in the defence security community, a unionized Canadian military for obvious reasons will not have the legal option to withdraw services and go on strike. Nor would it be locked out if contract negotiations reach an impasse. Instead, much like our police and fire services, it would have the options of mediation or binding arbitration to settle any contract disputes.

A more educated military

The incentive to unionize the military is particularly important given the prospect of looming personnel shortages, wherein Western militaries including Canada’s will find it increasingly difficult to meet the growing demand for highly skilled and educated men and women to fill its ranks. The days when high school dropouts could easily find career options throughout the Forces have long since passed, meaning our ranks are now filled with increasingly high-skilled and educated men and women. Can we really continue to delude ourselves into thinking they are not capable or deserving of their own to organization to advocate for their workplace and careers?

The old ways of trying to fix the military aren’t working. It’s time to try something new. A unionized military will ultimately mean our Forces will be better supported, which for the men and women who protect our rights and freedoms is something that is long overdue.

This column is part of CBC’s Opinion section.[5] For more information about this section, please read this editor’s blog[6] and our FAQ[7].


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The Mursday Effect Chapter 5: Dealing With Difficult People

The Mursday Effect is a humorous piece created pseudonymously by two authors, with each devoting him or herself to an alternating chapter each week. The newest installment in the serial will appear in each Monday issue of The Heights. It can also be found online with the previous chapters.

Bridget and George exchanged glances again, a thing they kept doing because of their older companion s odd behaviors. The mercenaries were encroaching toward them in a slow marching way, like they were about to start snapping and singing The Jet Song from West Side Story. Nonetheless, it was still terrifying.

Bridget swiftly kicked at a Nantucket red-clad leg, bringing the guy s perfectly-coiffed wall of hair to the ground. Retrograde threw punches at two of their enemies, using his recoil to elbow another in the face. George stood in the middle and thought about how to get into the fight without feeling awkward. His question was answered for him when a man in all black swiped at his face, like a cat.

Okay, what the hell? That was my face. You want me to end up looking like Owen Wilson, with his nose all messed up? It s on, George shouted to the man, who had already moved on to punching him in the shoulder. George grabbed the man s leg and hoisted it into the air, waving him around like a doll.

I m sorry! I m sorry! Put me down! the man cried.

Just because I m a coxswain for the club rowing team doesn t mean I m not strong, George said through his clenched jaw. Everybody thinks that, and I don t know why. He looked into the distance and sighed. The sound of jeers in Mod parties sounded in his ears, overwhelming his brain.


Alright, that s enough. You re supposed to be fighting. No one wants to hear about your insecurities, Retrograde yelled, taking on three mercenaries at a time. He banged two of their heads together, the CTE practically bursting from their brains. Retrograde flashed a satisfied smile.

Can you all hurry up? There s a spot over here that s completely open! We can make a break for it, Bridget said, perched on a pile of unconscious preppy men and security guards. She earned her expert level five patch in Krav Maga at the age of 16, so all of this was below her.

Retrograde dropped his hands.

Uh, okay. Yeah, let s go, he said.

The three snuck out of the circle and proceeded down Beacon Street.

That was some real good fighting, George said, wiping sweat from his hairline. That was worse than the 5k I did in the fall.

Shut up, George, you didn t do anything, Retrograde muttered, shaking his head.

But do any of us ever really do anything? said a voice from behind them. Like, what do any of us do? Doesn t that make you think?

Who the hell are you? Retrograde said, shooting major side eye at his two student companions.

Oh gosh, I know this kid, Bridget said. His name is Darren MalientePedo Ringtck. He was in my first-year writing seminar. His favorite thing to write about was living on a houseboat for a week in Turks and Caicos. Needless to say, he was insufferable.

You re just not opening your eyes to the actual, like, experiences out there, Darren huffed, rolling his eyes at his peers who clearly just did not get it.

Yeah well, anyway, we re doing something, so you should go, George said. He smiled as he thought how important he must sound.

Oh, are you doing that thing with Athena? Yeah, that s a ride. It s no Turks and Caicos, though. Did I tell you guys that I lived on a houseb Darren began, but was interrupted.

Wait a minute. Darren, are you involved with Athena Wilson? Retrograde said. He raised his eyebrow, indicating that something was afoot.

Yeah, but are any of us really involved? We re all just dust in the wind, yaknow? Darren said wistfully as the other two students sighed exasperatedly.

I swear to God, Darren, I m a nice person, but if you don t stop saying absolutely nothing relevant I will tie you to a lamppost, Bridget said.

Yeah, you re really annoying, George said, hoping to finally break out of his role of being the annoying one of the group.

Darren, come with me. You two, stay here for a bit, Retrograde said, putting his hand on Darren s shoulder and ambling down the block with him.

I really hope he s not bringing him with us to Nova Scotia, George said. He seems like the worst.

He is, Bridget responded, keeping an eye on the two conversing.
Great news, folks! Retrograde exclaimed in a more chipper voice than usual. Darren will be journeying with us to Nova Scotia.

There was a collective groan, even from Darren. The original three stared at him, cocking their heads to the side.

What? It s so cold there. And you know what Aquinas said about that: it s too cold outside for angels to fly, Darren said, his voice dripping with an air of importance.

That s Ed Sheeran, Bridget said. I hate you.

Now, now, kids, let s go. It ll be fine, Retrograde said, feeling more and more like a parent as the minutes went by.

I ll get an Uber to the airport, George said as he whipped out his phone.

Ubers are just vehicles, literally, for the man to take us all down and keep us submissive, Darren drawled.

I don t care how big this car is, you re sitting in the trunk all the way to Logan, Bridget said, clearly at the end of her rope.

Minutes later, the Nissan Altima arrived, and our heroes piled in.

Departures. International. Terminal B, Retrograde said hurriedly.

Sir, this is an Uber. Your destination was already input before you even got in the car, the driver said.
Okay, Retrograde said.

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