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Florida Tech’s head men’s basketball coach Billy Mims announced the signing of high school prep star Caleb Wigginton to a national letter of intent on Thursday.
Wigginton, a Kentucky native, averaged 19.9 points per game, 7.7 rebounds and 0.78 blocks and shot 65 percent from the floor in 2013-14. The 6-5 forward finished his career at Taylor County High School third all-time in scoring with 2,019 points.
Wigginton earned numerous accolades throughout his career, including Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches Fifth Region Player of the Year, Fifth Region All-Tournament, 20th District’s Most Outstanding Player, 20th District All-Region Team, 20th District All-Season, All-Tournament and All-Academic Teams, and to the West Kentucky All-Stars Team. Against the top players in the state, Wigginton scored 19 points for the West All-Stars en route to earning co-Most Valuable Player honors.
“I am very excited about signing with Florida Tech and am eager to explore all of the opportunities FIT has to offer, on and off the court,” Wigginton said. “I am very blessed to have the opportunity to study at one of the top engineering schools in the nation. Going from Kentucky to Florida will be different but it is a transition I am excited to make.”
Wigginton plans on majoring in civil engineering. A 4.0 GPA student at Taylor County, Wigginton was the school’s Rural Electric Co-op representative to travel to Washington, D.C. He participated in the Roger’s Scholar Explorer program and also competed on the men’s tennis team.
“The state of Kentucky has been really good to our recruiting process in the last few seasons,” Mims said. “When you talk about all of the accolades Jermaine Jackson (Iroquois) has achieved since stepping foot on Florida Tech and the expectations we have for Jordan Majors (Hopkinsville), you can see why we like recruiting in the Bluegrass State.
“Caleb played for a tremendous high school program and he is a very athletic player that can both shoot the ball and play above the rim. He is an outstanding perimeter shooter and that addresses one of our weaknesses from this past season.”
Mims has been known for recruiting tall guards in recent years, starting a 6 foot 5 guard in Chris Carter.
“Originally, I can see him getting a lot of time as our ‘three’ as a freshman but ultimately, I see him as a tall shooting guard. His style is very similar to ours in that he loves to play up-tempo basketball and pull up and shoot. He adds athleticism on the wing and gives us extra firepower.”