Wigginton is the top recruit Steve Prohm has landed at Iowa State and one of the highest-rated recruits to pick the Cyclones. Wochit
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.”
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 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. 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 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.
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.
The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers insight into the Trump administration s internal efforts to enact its promised crackdown on illegal immigration. Administration officials said the proposal, which called for mobilizing up to 100,000 troops in 11 states, was rejected, and would not be part of plans to carry out President Donald Trump s aggressive immigration policy. If implemented, the National Guard idea, contained in an 11-page memo obtained by The Associated Press, could have led to enforcement action against millions of immigrants living nowhere near the Mexican border. Four states that border on Mexico were included in the proposal California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas but it also encompassed seven states contiguous to those four Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Despite the AP s public release of the document, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said there was no effort at all to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants. A DHS official described the document as a very early draft that was not seriously considered and never brought to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly for approval. However, DHS staffers said Thursday that they had been told by colleagues in two DHS departments that the proposal was still being considered as recently as Feb. 10. DHS spokeswoman Gillian Christensen declined to say who wrote the memo, how long it had been under consideration or when it had been rejected. The pushback from administration officials did little to quell outrage over the draft plan. Three Republican governors spoke out against the proposal and numerous Democratic lawmakers denounced it as an overly aggressive approach to immigration enforcement.
Regardless of the White House s response, this document is an absolutely accurate description of the disturbing mindset that pervades the Trump administration when it comes to our nation s immigrants, said U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.)
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he would have concerns about the utilization of National Guard resources for immigration enforcement, believing such a program would be too much of a strain on our National Guard personnel. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert would have serious concerns about the constitutional implications and financial impact of activating the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, the governor s office said in a statement. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval questioned the legality of the plan described in the draft memo and said it would be an inappropriate use of guard resources.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), said, This administration s complete disregard for the impact its internal chaos and inability to manage its own message and policy is having on real people s lives is offensive. The AP had sought comment from the White House beginning Thursday and DHS earlier Friday and had not received a response from either. After the AP released the story, Spicer said the memo was not a White House document and said there was no effort to do what is potentially suggested. Governors in the 11 states would have had a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, which bears the name of Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general.
At a maximum, approximately 100,000 Army National Guard and Air National Guard personnel would be available for stateside missions in the 11 states, according to statistics and information provided by the National Guard Bureau. While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly or as far north. The memo was addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It would have served as guidance to implement the wide-ranging executive order on immigration and border security that President Donald Trump signed Jan. 25. Such memos are routinely issued to supplement executive orders.
Also dated Jan. 25, the draft memo says participating troops would be authorized to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States. It describes how the troops would be activated under a revived state-federal partnership program, and states that personnel would be authorized to conduct searches and identify and arrest any unauthorized immigrants.
If implemented, the impact could have been significant. Nearly one-half of the 11.1 million people residing in the U.S. without authorization live in the 11 states, according to Pew Research Center estimates based on 2014 Census data.
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NASHUA, N.H. — Police have charged two members of the Daniel Webster men’s basketball team after a fight during a game that required 25 officers to restore order. Nashua authorities say guard Marquise Caudill assaulted a player from the opposing team Saturday and threatened an officer working a security detail who tried to stop him. They also said teammate Antwaun Boyd appeared to be inciting an already hostile crowd that had surrounded the officer. Southern Vermont College was playing Daniel Webster, which forfeited the game. The official score was 2-0.
Marquise Caudill Nashua Police
Caudill, 22, of Windsor, Connecticut, is being held on $50,000 cash bail on assault, criminal threatening and disorderly conduct charges. Boyd, 23, from Stamford, Connecticut, was charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and released after bail was posted. It wasn’t immediately known if either is represented by a lawyer.
One other person, 43-year-old Elizabeth Morris of Malden, Massachusetts, also was charged in connection with the disturbance. She was released after bail was posted.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.