2006 Focus: Doug Wiggins

The last time a big time player came through East Hartford High, Will Solomon stopped there on his way to success at Clemson. This time around, another guard is making headlines as a high-major recruit.

Two years ago, Doug Wiggins was a 5-foot-8, 120 pound freshman starting at East Hartford for Coach Anthony Menard. Now, at 6-feet tall and 160 pounds, Menard will soon be ready to pass his star guard off to a new coach. Just who that will be is yet to be determined but the suitors are beginning to gather to take a look at the junior.

This weekend, Wiggins is making his first official visit. He's headed to New York to check on Norm Roberts and the St. John's Red Storm.

"They're the only school to offer," Menard said. "They've been up a couple of times and Coach Roberts has been up a few times. They're hungry in terms of recruiting and they see Doug as someone who will fit into their system: good kid, good player, coachable and intelligent. They've been pressing hard."

Connecticut, Providence, Boston College, DePaul, George Washington and Vanderbilt have shown varying degrees of interest in the 3.0 student who is averaging 24 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds a game.

"It's still early in the process and Doug doesn't have to make a decision," Menard said. "We'll meet when he gets back on Monday and we'll go through options."

Wiggins' recruitment has increased since an outstanding showing at IS8 in New York. "That got the ball rolling," Menard said. "We've had a lot of Big East schools [call] lately."

While Wiggins certainly hasn't matured physically, Menard says he's come a long way as a player, especially going up against defenses specifically geared to shut him down.

"He's a thin 6-foot kid; he's got to get stronger. He's capable of dunking on kids and he's a nice athlete. He can shoot off the dribble. There's nothing he can't do, he's just got to get stronger."

Wiggins will take his game to the summer circuit in a few months with the Connecticut Basketball Club. Menard knows his guy might not get the press others do, but he sees him on the same level with other players in the region.

"I saw him play in that New York league against some of the top guys in New York and in my opinion he's one of the top guys," Menard said. "Time will tell."

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