Aaron Wiggins

American basketball player (born 1999)
Aaron Wiggins
Wiggins in March 2020
No. 21 – Oklahoma City Thunder
PositionShooting guard / small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1999-01-02) January 2, 1999 (age 25)
Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeMaryland (2018–2021)
NBA draft2021: 2nd round, 55th overall pick
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Playing career2021–present
Career history
2021–presentOklahoma City Thunder
2021–2022, 2023→Oklahoma City Blue
Career highlights and awards
  • Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year (2020)
  • Big Ten Champion (2020)
  • All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (2021)
  • Saved Basketball
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Aaron Daniel Wiggins (born January 2, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Maryland Terrapins.

Early life and high school career

Wiggins grew up playing basketball, football and running track. Through his childhood, he played the piano and trombone, acted in plays and danced.[1] Wiggins played basketball for Grimsley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina before transferring to Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina.[2] As a senior, he was an NCISAA Class 3A All-State selection.[3] Wiggins competed for Team Charlotte on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit.[4] A consensus four-star recruit, he committed to play college basketball for Maryland on June 3, 2017.[5] He had drawn the attention of Maryland's coaching staff while they were visiting Wesleyan to watch his teammate Jaylen Hoard.[1]

College career

Wiggins with Maryland in 2021

Wiggins began his freshman season as a starter, but later told coach Mark Turgeon that he was more comfortable coming off the bench.[6] As a freshman at Maryland, he played the most minutes among his team's reserves.[7] He led Maryland with a season-high 15 points in losses to Michigan and Michigan State.[8] He finished the season averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game, shooting a team-high 41.3 percent from three-point range.[9][6] On February 23, 2020, Wiggins scored a sophomore season-high 20 points, recording six three-pointers, in a 79–72 loss to Ohio State.[10] As a sophomore, he averaged 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game and was named Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.[11] In the final game of his junior season, Wiggins scored a career-high 27 points in a 96–77 loss to Alabama at the second round of the NCAA tournament.[12] As a junior, he averaged 14.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, earning All-Big Ten honorable mention. On April 9, 2021, Wiggins declared for the 2021 NBA draft while maintaining his college eligibility.[13] He later decided to remain in the draft.[14]

Professional career

Oklahoma City Thunder (2021–present)

Wiggins was selected in the second round of the 2021 NBA draft with the 55th pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Wiggins had a very productive NBA Summer League with the Thunder averaging the second most points on the team with 11.2 PPG. [15] On August 15, 2021, he signed a two-way contract with the Thunder. Under the terms of the deal, he split time between the Thunder and their NBA G League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.[16] On December 26, 2021, Wiggins scored a career-high 24 points against the New Orleans Pelicans. He shot 8 for 10 from the field and 2 for 4 from three in Thunder's 117–112 win. On February 12, 2022, the Thunder converted Wiggins two-way contract into a standard NBA deal.[17]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2021–22 Oklahoma City 50 35 24.2 .463 .304 .729 3.6 1.4 .6 .2 8.3
2022–23 Oklahoma City 70 14 18.5 .512 .393 .831 3.0 1.1 .6 .2 6.8
Career 120 49 20.9 .489 .346 .776 3.2 1.2 .6 .2 7.5

Play-in

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2023 Oklahoma City 2 0 14.3 .667 .000 1.000 1.5 .0 .5 .0 5.5
Career 2 0 14.3 .667 .000 1.000 1.5 .0 .5 .0 5.5

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Maryland 34 4 23.5 .385 .413 .867 3.3 .8 .8 .2 8.3
2019–20 Maryland 31 16 28.6 .377 .317 .717 4.9 1.4 .8 .4 10.4
2020–21 Maryland 31 30 33.0 .446 .356 .772 5.8 2.5 1.1 .5 14.5
Career 96 50 28.2 .407 .361 .769 4.6 1.6 .9 .4 11.0

References

  1. ^ a b Giambalvo, Emily (February 26, 2019). "Maryland's Aaron Wiggins knows tap, jazz, ballet and hip-hop. Up next is the Big Dance". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 31, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  2. ^ Bendel, Jeff; Shaw, Jamie (September 3, 2019). "Is Aaron Wiggins the Big Ten's Most Lethal Shooter in 2019-20?!". Phenom Hoop Report. Archived from the original on October 24, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Wertz Jr., Langston (February 26, 2018). "Area players honored on NCISAA all-state basketball teams". The Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on June 18, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  4. ^ Kendziora, Thomas (November 27, 2019). "Aaron Wiggins Poised To Make Sophomore Leap For Maryland Men's Basketball". PressBox. Archived from the original on February 25, 2022. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  5. ^ Markus, Don (June 3, 2017). "Rising four-star small forward recruit Aaron Wiggins commits to Maryland". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on June 24, 2021. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Markus, Don (October 31, 2019). "As sophomore year begins, Maryland wing Aaron Wiggins has seen his game and confidence grow". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on November 1, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  7. ^ DuBose, Brooks (February 19, 2019). "Maryland Basketball's Aaron Wiggins A Bench Player In Name Only". PressBox. Archived from the original on February 25, 2022. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  8. ^ Markus, Don (February 19, 2019). "Staying aggressive has made freshman Aaron Wiggins a road warrior for Maryland". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on June 20, 2021. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  9. ^ Giambalvo, Emily (November 15, 2019). "Aaron Wiggins has become stronger and more confident, but Maryland wants more". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 16, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Gold, Jordan (February 25, 2020). "TT Court Vision: Aaron Wiggins shines but Terps falter at Ohio State". Testudo Times. Archived from the original on February 25, 2022. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  11. ^ Oyefusi, Daniel (March 9, 2020). "Maryland basketball's Anthony Cowan Jr., Jalen Smith earn All-Big Ten honors". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on March 21, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  12. ^ Steinberg, Jacob (July 6, 2021). "What Does Aaron Wiggins' Decision To Leave Mean For Maryland Men's Basketball?". PressBox. Archived from the original on July 26, 2021. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  13. ^ Giambalvo, Emily (April 9, 2021). "Maryland's Aaron Wiggins, Eric Ayala declare for NBA draft while maintaining eligibility". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 14, 2021. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  14. ^ Oyefusi, Daniel (July 5, 2021). "Maryland guard Aaron Wiggins keeping name in NBA draft, will forgo senior season". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on July 26, 2021. Retrieved July 26, 2021.
  15. ^ Ermann, Jeff (July 29, 2021). "Aaron Wiggins, former Maryland baskeball standout, taken in NBA Draft". 247 Sports.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2021. Retrieved August 3, 2021.
  16. ^ "Thunder Signs Aaron Wiggins to Two-Way Contract". NBA.com. August 15, 2021. Archived from the original on August 24, 2021. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  17. ^ "Thunder Rookie Aaron Wiggins Signed to Full-Time NBA Deal". si.com. February 12, 2022. Archived from the original on February 14, 2022. Retrieved February 12, 2022.

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