Nineteen-year-old forward, Kevon Wiggins, who was part of Guyana’s history making men’s basketball team that won the 592’s first Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) senior championship in 2018, continues on his path to development after gaining a full scholarship to NJCAA Division 1 school; Lamar College, in Colorado.
The former Rose Hall Town Jammers player described this move as the first step to getting into the lucrative National Basketball Association (NBA) league, which is the dream of any aspiring player and gave much credit to his former school, Monroe College for the launching platform.
Wiggins explained that, “This is probably the biggest move I will ever make in Basketball because Lamar College gets major recognition from Division 1 schools with their star player last year signing for a school in Wisconsin which is major in the NCAA.”
At Munroe, Wiggins amassed a GPA of 3.3 in Sports Management while averaging 18 points and 4.6 rebounds and two steals per game for the Monroe Express Basketball team and he is looking to continue improving and excelling so he can get into a NCAA team after which, a year in that league will give him eligibility to be part of the NBA.
The teen shared with Kaieteur Sport that balancing academics and basketball is tough and many nights after practice he is usually too tired to study but he iterated that, “You have to do it, you have to find the strength to do it because at the end of the day it will benefit you.”
In conclusion, Wiggins called for more support for the local athletes and cited his own experience with the National men’s basketball team during their championship winning campaign in Suriname 2018 when they received less than favourable support from the state.
The U.S. based student-athlete cited that, “In order for us to improve basketball back home (Guyana) the local players definitely need more support, they need more competition and they need to be motivated to training more regularly. If there is no competition/incentive, then there is no stimulus to train.” (Calvin Chapman)
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