The 23 year old Wigginton (6’1”, 190lbs), a native of Dartmouth, NS, is averaging 23 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds per game while shooting .405 from the field for the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League in the last two games this season.
Wigginton had a stellar summer of 2021 in the CEBL for the Hamilton Honey Badgers which earned him several accolades and awards.
Wigginton claimed the CEBL scoring title pouring in 21.5 points per game to go with 4.9 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per game while shooting 41% from three point land in 32.8 minutes per game.
Wigginton was also named the Canadian Player of the Year, Clutch Player of the Year and was named to the All-CEBL first team and the CEBL All-Canadian Team.
For his NBA G League career, Wigginton has averaged 16 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Wigginton is known for his scoring prowess while utilizing his quickness and above average athletic ability to generate offence during his career from prep school at Oak Hill Academy to Iowa State and now onto the G League.
DSM founder Gary Durrant is very high on Wigginton, “The thing I love most about Lindell is that he is a high character young man from a great family. His parents have done such an awesome job with him. He’s mature and respectful, he’s a consummate professional who makes others around him better.”
Durrant added, “His basketball IQ is excellent. He’s a gifted scorer, super athletic and has a great feel for the game. He knows what he has to do to get to the next level and my team and I are grateful for the opportunity to assist him in getting there.”
“Lindell is already an accomplished player on both sides of the ball. Defensively he can guard anybody on the court. Offensively, Lindell impacts a game with his leadership, his passing and his scoring. In addition he’s a fearless competitor who always leaves it all on the court”, said Durrant.
When asked about joining DSM and working with Durrant and his team, Wigginton felt it was time for a change, “It feels good. Just to have a fresh new start. Someone I’m familiar with and who had a relationship with my Dad. Feels good to have someone who’s going to work his butt off for me.”
When asked what he wants to do to give him a great shot of moving up to the NBA Wigginton added, “Just being consistent with my all-around game. Being consistent with my shot and just showing I can play the one and limit my turnovers and that’s what I think can get me to the next level.”
Wigginton knows his reputation as a scorer precedes him, but wants to change that perception. “Obviously I’m a scorer but I have been having success showing I can run a team and getting my assist numbers up.”
You can sense the joy that Durrant has in taking on fellow Canadian Wigginton as a client.
“Lindell has NBA skill and talent and his work ethic is second to none. He works on his body and his game and is very coachable. He leads by example on and off the court.”
“I am very familiar with Lindell’s wonderful family and community in Halifax. Lindell means a lot to many people in his community and this country. He has had success at every level in his young basketball career. He is a model citizen who always looks for an opportunity to give back and inspire.
We are looking forward to helping Lindell build his platform on and off the court and
maximize his potential and opportunities. I believe in Lindell Wigginton and I’m ready to fight for him. My team and I are tremendously excited to welcome Lindell and his family to our team here at DSM.”
When asked about working specifically with Durrant, Wigginton said, “Gary’s resume, all his guys got called up. Just his resume, what he stands for. A guy that’s gonna work for his guys no matter what. He had a relationship with my Dad. He recruited me in college and often came to see me play. I didn’t sign with him initially, but it is time.”
Wigginton had a stellar NCAA career at Iowa State University where he averaged 15.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for his career with the Cyclones.
Wigginton has always been proud and enthusiastic to play for his country, first helping lead Canada to a silver medal at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Valdivia, Chile and then playing a pivotal role in Canada winning gold at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt where he averaged 12.4 points, 7 rebounds and 4.2 assists. The gold was the first for Canada in a global competition.
Wigginton has garnered several awards so far in this basketball career including:
All-CEBL First Team (2021)
Big 12 Sixth Man Award (2019)
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (2019)
Big 12 Player of the Week (2019 – Feb. 18)
Big 12 All-Tournament Team (2019)
Preseason All-Big 12 (2019)
Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List (2019)
Wooden Award Preseason Watch List (2019)
Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List (2019)
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (2018)
Big 12 All-Newcomer Team (2018)
USBWA All-District VI (2018)
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (2018 – Dec. 11, Jan. 15, Feb. 26)
MidMajorMadness.com First-Team All-Canadian (2018)
Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year (2019)
Big 12 All-Newcomer Team (2018)
Selected for the Nike Hoop Summit-Team World
Wigginton’s father is Fleming Downey, his mother is Nicole Wigginton-Downey.
His brother Rodell Wigginton who played at Buffalo.
Courtesy Durrant Sports Management
Photo courtesy Wisconsin Herd/Julian @prizedup