The Northern Uprising: Canadian Lindell Wigginton is ready to lead Oak Hill Academy
The landscape of Canadian basketball talent continues to flourish each year as the 2017 high school class is once again populated with players north of the border.
Among those is Nova Scotia’s own Lindell Wigginton, a 6’ 2” guard who plays for basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. Wigginton is the first Canadian to suit up for Oak Hill and has made steady improvements both on-and-off the court during his three-year tenure at the elite hoops program.
“I’m just focusing on staying consistent and continuing to be a leader for my team.” Wigginton said. “I just go into every game with a dog mentality, kill everyone in front of me and lock up my match up.”
The Canadian guard earned MVP honors following a team-high 19 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists to lead Oak Hill’ win over Tennessee Prep at the Marshall County Hoopfest last week.
Last season, Oak Hill was crowned the DICK’s Sporting Goods National Champions after beating La Lumiere in a close 62-60 matchup. Oak Hill has begun the 2016-17 season undefeated at 10-0 (as of December 5th) and dominated teams on a nightly basis. Besides Wigginton, the team is loaded across the board with the likes of Kansas commit Billy Preston, four-star Matt Coleman, and Ole Miss commit Devontae Schuler among others. Gyms are packed from tournament to tournament as fans and scouts look to get a glimpse of one of the top high school teams in the nation.
“Just playing against the best competition every night and being on the biggest stage. The best part about this team is probably our depth.” Wigginton said.
Besides playing for Oak Hill Academy, Wigginton gained an invaluable experience when he represented Team Canada at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship this past summer. Wigginton was instrumental in helping Canada claim the silver medal and averaged 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.4 assists during the tournament.
“It was a great experience playing against the best players from each country. The biggest difference was probably the physicality and most the time it’s a half court game where you have to play pick and roll sets but I love that because pick and roll is one of the strongest parts of my game,“ he said.
Looking ahead, great things are in store for the 18-year old as he graduates next spring. With senior Monte Morris departing at the end of this season, there’s reason for Cyclone fans to be excited as Wigginton heads to Ames, Iowa in the fall of 2017.
“Excited about starting a new chapter [at Iowa State] and competing against the best every night to make a name for myself to get a chance to play on an even higher level which is the NBA.” Wigginton said.
Piece by Conrad Chow – Twitter:@chowster24