Wiggins was given a waiver to pass on the USA Basketball U19 national team trials in May, but as one of the top leader returning from last year's U19 World Championships qualifying team, it was a good bet that she would show well in San Diego this month. She helped lead Team USA to a perfect 4-0 record in the 2005 International Sports Invitational, defeating Australia, China and Russia (twice) by an average margin of more than 20 points. Wiggins was the lead performer in the backcourt for the U.S. squad, ranking third on the team in scoring (9.5 ppg), third in field goal percentage (48.4%), fourth in rebounding (3.3 rpg), second in assists (2.75 apg), first in steals (2.00 spg) and first in minutes played (22.75 mpg).
Afterward, the Stanford sophomore was named one of the 12 women to the 2005 USA Women's U19 World Championship Team, which will take her to Colorado Springs and Washington, D.C. for upcoming training, followed by Budapest, Hungary and Tunis, Tunisia for the team's final tune-up and World Championships, respectively.
We were in San Diego during the ISI tournament and final trials for the USA U19 team and had the chance to sit down with Wiggins. Enjoy this extensive and exclusive interview, which includes an in-depth discussion of her plantar fasciitis, her adjustment to international basketball, her experiences with USA Basketball, the improvements she aims to make this summer to her game and much more.
Candice Wiggins Scout Profile
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