AMES — Iowa State freshman Lindell Wigginton was a bright spot for an often-injured Cyclones basketball team last season.
He averaged 16.7 points — shooting 40 percent from 3-point range — and added 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
After his freshman campaign, Wigginton entered his name in the NBA Draft without hiring an agent.
“This is great for Lindell,” Coach Steve Prohm said. “It’s great for him to get in front of NBA GMs, NBA scouts, NBA personnel to showcase his talent and his skill. I’m excited for him and his family to go through this process to learn and get better. Whatever decision that him and his family decide on, I’ll support 100 percent.
“If he comes back to school, man, let’s roll and do great things together. If he decides he has a chance to move on, then I’m going to support him and pump him up as much as I can when I talk to people and they call.”
Wigginton wasn’t invited to the NBA Draft Combine, but still could have an opportunity to participate if other players opt out.
“The challenge if he does come back is, hey, let’s be a part of something special and take your game to another level,” Prohm said. “I’m excited to see what transpires this month for him.”
The Cyclones dealt with various injuries almost on a weekly basis.
Zoran Talley had a stress fracture in his foot midway through the season, Hans Brase dealt with an assortment of injuries throughout the season, Nick Weiler-Babb had knee tendinitis that progressed to the point he had to sit out by the end. Weiler-Babb also had a back injury at the end of the season. Finally, Solomon Young had surgery on his knee to clean it up, cutting his season short.
Prohm said his team is finally healthy.
“I think everybody is good,” Prohm said. “Solomon worked out in the spring and he did well. Nick got back on the floor a couple of times in the spring and I think his body is getting better. He’s done a good job of treatment and rehab.
“Hans graduated, so one of the injured guys is gone,” he said with a laugh. “I think we should be a healthy basketball team this summer.”
Iowa State had a potent perimeter attack last season with the trio of Wigginton, Donovan Jackson and Weiler-Babb.
The trio accounted for 53.9 percent of Iowa State’s scoring.
Next season’s backcourt could be even better with the addition of Virginia transfer Marial Shayok and others.
“With Marial, Lindell with another year of experience, Nick — I’m not going to name everybody — but with some experience and some youth coming in, we can do a good job of spreading the floor and putting a lot of different guys in ball screens and put guys in positions where they can attack downhill,” Prohm said. “The biggest thing is making each other better, and that’s really what we worked on this spring.”
Prohm said the incoming players will arrive anytime between June 2 and June 18, depending on their schedules.
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