When Iowa State staffer Neill Berry contacted Oak Hill Academy (Va.) guard Lindell Wigginton following his performance at the adidas Gauntlet in Dallas two weekends ago, he expressed interest and had a brief message.
“[He] told me the head coach was gonna come see me the week after in Atlanta,” Wigginton said. “So when they came and saw me play, after the game I got a text from the head coach saying, “We love your game, we want you here to run the show… We'd offer you two scholarships if we could.”
Just like that Wigginton has quickly become an Iowa State target.
The 6-foot-2 Wigginton, who is ranked as the No. 77 overall prospect in 2017, holds offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, Louisville and Oregon among several others. Iowa State is the latest to join the mix.
The Cyclones, who are on the search for an elite point guard to replace four-year starter Monte Morris following the upcoming 2016-17 season, have pinpointed a small group of talented 2017 point guards, and Wigginton is now among them.
“They talked to me everyday, they even sent me a good morning text [Monday] morning,” Wigginton said. “He said I could come in at the point and run the show. He lets his guards go and knows how to get them to the next level.”
That style, and Prohm's success putting Murray State point guards Isaiah Canaan and Cameron Payne in the NBA, make this most recent offer an intriguing one.
“I feel like it's a good offer because they have a good coaching staff, fan base, and they let their guards play,” Wigginton said. “I like schools that let their guards play and know how to get them to the next level. I haven't really watched them much, but I’ve seen a little bit of how they play and [Coach Prohm] talks to me about those two guards and says he feels he can do the same with me.”
A native of Nova Scotia, Canada, Wigginton’s AAU coach tipped off longtime Oak Hill Academy coach Steve Smith to his guard and Smith liked him. Wigginton is now a fast-rising prospect for Oak Hill, a prestigious academy that has seen Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Jenning among several others make their way through.
Wigginton also knows of Iowa State’s Naz Mitoru-Long, and heard from the fellow Canadian native not long after the Cyclones offered.
“I don't know Naz really well, but after I picked up the offer he contacted me and told me congrats and he’s been following me,” Wigginton said of his conversation with Mitrou-Long. “We just talked about that and other things.”
Wigginton doesn’t currently have a top list of schools as he makes his way through the spring circuit and isn’t sure when he might commit.
“My recruitment is still wide open right now,” Wigginton said. “I'm not sure yet about visits or anything, it's kinda hard to do them while here at Oak Hill. But [I] just [want] a school with a good coaching staff, knows how to get their players to the next level, [a] coach I have a good relationship with and I can trust and a school that's gonna let their guards go and also skill development.”