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Caleb Wigginton also finds time to shine on the hardwood

By Bobby Brockman



Caleb Wigginton’s senior basketball season at Taylor County High School did not start with the season opener at home vs. Washington County on Dec. 3.
“It was really, really frustrating,” Wigginton offered last week before the Cardinals’ home game against Green County. “But, it was hurting for about a month before I told anyone.
“I feel like I’m about 90 percent, but it still gets real sore.”
With the postponement vs. Elizabethtown, Wigginton missed only the opener before playing sparingly vs. Campbellsville a week later.
The 5-1 start has Wigginton thinking this Taylor County team can reach its goal.
“I think we can be a really good team,” Wigginton analyzed. “We’re trying to not overreact and take one game at a time. But, our goal has always been to make it to the state tournament.
“I think our new coach (Richard Gatewood) has us really inspired, even thought I really respected coach (Jeff) Kidder.
David (Sloan) gives us another exceptional ballhandler, Quentin (Goodin) has gotten even better and Austin (Webster) has gotten much stronger.”
While he wants to go out on a good note in high school, Wigginton has the collegiate game somewhat on his mind.
“I think if I played and concentrated on basketball year-round, I could be a really good player,” Wigginton answered. “But, basketball isn’t my life. I have other things I like doing also. I use basketball to share my belief in Jesus Christ.
“But, I do plan on playing in college — maybe as mid-major on the Division 1 level. But, I want to major in mechanical engineering, so, I might look at D-2.”
The 4.0 student, who attended Governor’s Scholars’ program over the summer, thinks he brings a lot to the table for colleges, but knows he needs to work on a thing or two.
“I think I have a high basketball IQ, I’m unselfish and I like dunking,” Wigginton assessed his talents. “However, I definitely need to work on my ballhandling. In college at 6-5, I have to be a guard.”
Academics has never taken a back seat in the Wigginton household.
“I don’t like to discredit myself, but my sisters are really smart,” Wigginton talks of his older siblings.
Auburn was valedictorian at Campbellsville High and is now in pharmacy school at the University of Kentucky while Hope was salutatorian at Taylor County and is now finishing up her undergraduate work at Centre College.
Wigginton hopes to live in the Louisville area once he starts his career as he also lived in Indiana in addition to his time in Campbellsville.
In his spare time, Wigginton enjoys fishing with his dad (Scott) and playing ping pong.
“I really like doing a lot of stuff outdoors.”
When asked of his favorite teams to follow and support.
“If it’s OK, I root for Kentucky in basketball and Auburn (where his mom, Elizabeth, was a majorette) in football.”

Caleb Wigginton earned All-Fifth Region honors last season as a junior and has been rated pre-season as the third-best player in the region.
He entered his season with over 1,000 points and should finish near the top of the Taylor County High School boys’ all-time scoring list at the conclusion of the Cardinals’ 2013-14 campaign.