That didn’t take very long. After being released of his Mount St. Mary’s scholarship nearly three weeks ago, Shivaughn Wiggins has found a new home, per Justin Byerly:
Former Mount St. Mary's PG Shivaughn Wiggins is headed to Coastal Carolina University.
— Justin Byerly (@Justinbyerly) August 17, 2013
The guard will resume his collegiate career at Coastal Carolina with three years of eligibility remaining. Wiggins will likely become the thirteenth player under scholarship at the Big South school. It ends up being one heck of a coup by head coach Cliff Ellis. It was reported that as many as 20 Division I programs had interest in procuring the multi talented guard.
It’s presumed Wiggins will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules, since it was he who asked to be released from his scholarship at Mount St. Mary’s.
When he does return for the 2014-15 season, the reigning NEC rookie of the year will bolster a young and inexperienced backcourt that recently graduated Anthony Raffa and Kierre Greenwood. Raffa, an All-Big South first team selection, and Greenwood were a critical part of Coastal Carolina’s offense, efficiently using up nearly 52% of the team’s possessions while on the floor. Junior Warren Gillis (10.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg) is the only returning guard who played more than 14% of Coastal Carolina’s total minutes last season. Wiggins should fit in nicely down the road for Ellis’ squad.
As far as Mount St. Mary’s is concerned, it’s unknown whether Jamion Christian will use Wiggins’ vacated scholarship for their 2013-14 roster. The Mount currently has 11 players eligible to play this upcoming season, since Marshall transfer Chris Martin must sit out due to NCAA rules. Right now, the Mount’s depth chart is projected to be the following:
PG: Julian Norfleet, Charles Glover
G: Rashad Whack, Byron Ashe
G: Sam Prescott, Khalid Nwandu
F: Gregory Graves, Will Miller, Aaron Brown
C: Kristijan Krajina, Taylor Danaher
Prescott could move into the forward slot, especially if Glover or Nwandu develop ahead of schedule. In the meantime, though, Wiggins’ departure thins out roster somewhat, and will likely give sophomore Gregory Graves more minutes, whether he’s ready or not. Freshmen Will Miller and Byron Ashe, although talented, need to add strength to their slender frames before being counted on as significant contributors.
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