2006's Wiggins Makes Decision

Doug Wiggins, fresh off a 45-point performance in Monday night's playoff loss, made a college decision. Wiggins will play in the Big East.

The St. John's Red Storm is on the board in the Class of 2006. On Tuesday afternoon, Doug Wiggins made it official. According to his high school coach, Wiggins phoned the staff and offered up his commitment.

"I just think that he felt so comfortable with his program," East Hartford coach Anthony Menard said. "It's close to home and they did a great job."

Wiggins had himself a huge night Monday evening in a playoff loss to Kobe Cathedral. He scored a game-high 45 points and St. John's assistant Fred Quartlebaum was in the gym for the display. The Red Storm made Wiggins its first choice at the point in the Class of 2006 and spent a considerable amount of time recruiting him throughout the season.

Wiggins, who averaged 25 points a contest this year, hosted his coming out party last fall at IS8 in New York. Following IS8, Big East programs like Providence, Boston College and Connecticut began to take notice of his abilities. St. John's moved swiftly and was the first high-major program to offer a scholarship.

Wiggins rewarded the Red Storm and Norm Roberts for their commitment by visiting the school officially during the season and then pledging his allegiance the day after his junior season ended.

"He said he just wanted to play at St. John's," Menard remarked.

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