UConn Coach Checks Out Jr. PG

Junior point guard Doug Wiggins was checked out by a UConn assistant coach during the fall contact period.

Doug Wiggins, the slippery 5-foot-11, 155 pound point guard from East Hartford High School in East Hartford, Connecticut, was able to create a little buzz for himself with his play in a couple of New York area leagues this fall.

Wiggins, one of the rising talents in the class of 2006 coming out of Connecticut, competed with Billy Lovett's Fairfield County Stars at the IS8 League in Queens, as well as the Gaucho Roundball League in the Bronx. The Stars were shot down in the IS8 quarterfinals on a last minute three by Vic Morris, but not before Wiggins mounted a valiant 28-point effort in defeat.

Wiggins is a skilled playmaker with a good feel. He is adept at changing gears, can get in the lane, and sees the floor well. The wiry guard is deceptively athletic, with plenty of bounce. He is a streaky shooter. That is likely one aspect of his game that needs to be more consistent. He also needs to get stronger.

"He's a very efficient player," said Anthony Menard, Wiggins' coach at East Hartford High School. "To him, the game comes in slow motion."

Wiggins has attracted early interest from Connecticut, Providence, Boston College, St. John's, Hartford, Boston University, and others. Connecticut assistant Andre LaFleur came in to evaluate him during the contact period, and a UConn staffer will likely check out Wiggins again during his high school season.

Wiggins played with the Connecticut Basketball Club this summer on the AAU circuit.

Doug carries a 3.1 GPA according to Menard, who is also a guidance counselor at East Hartford High School.

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