Owen Wignot: Hidden Gem

Owen Wignot was considered a "Patriot League" type player heading into the Pittsburgh Jam Fest a couple weeks ago. Now the 6-foot-5 1/2 junior combo guard out of Bishop Hoban (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) is receiving interest from some big boys thanks to his recent play.

When Owen Wignot arrived in Pittsburgh less than two weeks ago, his recruitment was centered around Patriot League schools such as Colgate, Bucknell and Lehigh.

Now the 6-foot-5 ½, 190-pound junior's recruitment has changed - dramatically.

``I never really thought big schools would be calling me," said the Bishop Hoban (Pa.) High combo guard. "But suddenly I got my break."

Wignot knows how to play. He averaged a dozen or so points and eight boards per game as a junior at Bishop Hoban while playing primarily the power forward spot because he was the second-tallest player on the team.

However, he's at his best when the ball goes through his hands. He can make plays, whether it's for himself or his teammates. He's athletic (although not as athletic as fellow Wilkes-Barre, Pa. standout Bob Sura), can shoot the ball from the perimeter and also took the ball off the glass and pushed it down the court without hesitation.

That's exactly what he did a couple of weekends ago at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest with his Firm AC squad. Displayed his versatility.

``I like this much more because I can handle the ball more," Wignot said. "I get more into the flow."

The flow has also begun with his recruitment. UCLA has called. So has Xavier and Michigan. Siena came down last week to his school.

``I'd rather stay somewhere close to home if possible," Wignot said. "I want to go somewhere I'm comfortable."

Wignot is a 3.2 student who scored a 1500 on the SAT. He's been playing with Firm AC since the fifth grade, but things have changed over time.

``I played up with eighth-graders and it was difficult," Wignot said. "Our team wasn't very good and I remember the score of our first game. It was 72-15. That was when the program started. We'd go to New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut and get the snot beat out of us."

However, now Wignot and his teammates have started to get used to being on the other side of it.

``We've gotten older and we're beating some teams now," he said.

Wignot and his teammates are headed to the Gym Rats tournament and in July, they will head to Las Vegas. Instead of solely having Patriot League schools taking a look, the heady junior out of Wilkes-Barre should have some high-majors checking him out as well.

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