Wiggins Ends His Recruitment

Doug Wiggins has ended his recruitment for a second time. Scout.com's No. 55 prospect is headed to Connecticut.

The worst-kept secret in recruiting circles is finally official. East Hartford (Conn.) senior point guard Doug Wiggins, who re-opened his recruitment just days ago, announced he will sign with UConn next week when the early signing period begins.

``This is a dream I have always wanted," Wiggins told Scout.com in an exclusive. "Why not take it?"

``I remember back when UConn won the national championship with Khalid El-Amin and Ricky Moore in a three-guard offense," added Wiggins. "Coach Calhoun said he's going to get back to that with me, A.J. Price and Jerome Dyson."

Wiggins initially committed to St. John's when he was a fairly unknown point guard back in the winter. However, his stock soared over the spring and summer.

``He's really excited about what's ahead," said Connecticut Basketball Club coach J.R. Hargrave. "I think the opportunity for an in-state kid to play at UConn. I'm pretty sure every kid in the state dreams about playing for UConn. He's excited and loves the pressure and everything about it."

``The jump he made from the eighth grade until now is something special," Hargrave added. "If he keeps making that kind of jump, he's going to be special."

UConn initially looked in a different direction and coach Jim Calhoun was unable to get out to see one of Wiggins' high school games last season, but when a scholarship became available after Ramar Smith wasn't taking care of his academics, Wiggins told St. John's coach Norm Roberts that he wanted to open up his recruitment – and he met with Calhoun and the Huskies staff days later.

The rest is history.

``With all of the craziness and the situation over the past few days, Dougie's the one whose been the most calm about the decision," East Hartford coach Anthony Menard said. "I've been nervous for him, but he doesn't have any second thoughts."

``He's a young kid who changed his mind," added Menard. "It's just that simple. Once he changed his mind, there was no turning back."


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