One of the most talented young stars in the Big 12 is returning to school. On Wednesday, Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton announced that he is withdrawing from the 2018 NBA Draft and will play his sophomore season with the Cyclones.
Was a blessing going through the draft process but I have made my decision. I’m now looking forward to helping lead the Cyclones to a great year and getting us back on the national map! Thanks so much to all of the support from CyclONEnation during this process! #Year2 💫 pic.twitter.com/atpJGNdGM8
— Lindell Wigginton (@Lwigginton5) May 30, 2018
The 6-foot-2 guard from Nova Scotia initially declared for the draft without an agent in March, but was never seriously considered a prospect to be drafted this year. Wigginton wasn’t invited to the NBA Combine in April, which is usually a sign that a player will return to school.
Additionally, Wigginton was never rated very highly on 2018 draft boards. This was despite the fact that as a freshman, Wigginton was one of the most productive and exciting guards in the Big 12.
Wigginton earned All-Big 12 Newcomer Team honors after averaging 16.7 points per game, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his first year with the Cyclones. He also hit 40 percent of his 3-point tries. With another year, Wigginton could easily play himself into being a 2019 NBA Draft selection.
Wigginton’s return is a big spark to an Iowa State team that missed the NCAA Tournament in a rebuilding season last season. At the very least, next year’s Cyclones should have a strong backcourt, led by Wigginton, senior Nick Weiler-Babb and Virginia transfer Marial Shayok.