The Forest Valley HOFer/Hall of Famer Aaron Wiggins has made his move…He will move on from Maryland(Terrapins), to the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA…
Aaron Wiggins grew up on the outdoor court at Forest Valley here in Greensboro, and he played high school basketball for the Grimsley Whirlies, and for the Wesleyan Christian Academy Trojans…Aaron’s younger brother Josh plays college basketball for Fayetteville State, and his youngest brother Zach, will be a freshman this year at Grimsley High School…
The dad of the Wiggins family Tim, is very proud of his sons, and now he has to be excited to see Aaron headed to Oklahoma City…Saw the mom of the family the other Sunday down by the Forest Valley Court, and was walking around wearing a ‘T-shirt with the number six on it…
The Wiggins family is a tight bunch, but Aaron won’t be tight for money for long….He should be getting a pretty good payday, as a a Round Two pick in the draft….
Best of luck moving forward to Aaron Wiggins, as he takes his game to the NBA…He has come a long way from the old days, down at the Forest Valley basketball court….
Maryland basketball’s Aaron Wiggins was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the NBA draft. Wiggins was chosen with the No. 55 overall pick Thursday evening after opting to leave the Terrapins’ program with one year of eligibility remaining.
Wiggins, a 6-foot-6 wing, was projected to be at best a late second-round pick in this year’s draft, but the feedback he received from teams during the pre-draft process swayed him to turn pro.
“Teams seem to love me,” Wiggins said in an interview earlier this month after he decided to keep his name in the draft. “I can’t ignore what teams are saying based off of my workouts, based off of the combine, the pro days and interviews. And I’ve got to continue to keep my foot on the gas and just move forward.
Wiggins, 22, had an impressive surge to end his junior season. He was the second-leading scorer with 14.5 points per game, trailing only Eric Ayala, who chose to return to the program for his senior season in 2021-22. Wiggins made 44.6 percent of his shots from the field, while also averaging 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists. During a 12-game stretch to end the season, Wiggins scored 17.9 points per game, including a career-high 27 points in Maryland’s loss to Alabama in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Wiggins had a key role in the Terps’ run to the Big Ten regular season title in 2020. As a sophomore he earned the conference’s sixth man of the year award. Wiggins scored 10.4 points per game that season off the bench. The Terps finished 24-7 and were projected to earn a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament that was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Greensboro, N.C., native improved each season in College Park, and his length and athleticism made him an attractive NBA prospect. At Maryland, Wiggins started 50 of his 96 games and finished his career with 1,052 points.