The McDonald’s Mackay Meteors have filled their first import spot for the 2016 Queensland Basketball League season, with 25-year old Toronto native Nicholas Wiggins signing with the club.
An athletic, 198cm swingman, “Nick” Wiggins played two seasons at Wichita State University after transferring from Wabash Valley College in 2012. He played in 36-games for the ‘Shockers’ as a senior in 2013-14, averaging 5.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, Wiggins signed a summer contract with the Sacramento Kings before eventually signing to play in Germany. Wiggins played 11-games overseas before signing with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 9.8 points and 2.1 rebounds per contest.
Following his time in the D-League, Wiggins then signed a summer contract with NBA team Minnesota, joining younger brother and former first overall pick Andrew Wiggins on the Timberwolves roster. He was waived by the team on October 24 after appearing in four pre-season games and then pursued playing opportunities outside of the United States, ultimately landing in Mackay.
Newly appointed McDonald’s Meteors QBL Head Coach Ken Furdek was delighted with the acquisition of Wiggins.
“As soon as we seen the film on Nick we new we had a potential standout player,” Furdek said.
“His signing all happened very quickly. He was based in New Zealand at the time when the club was contacted by his agent, we agreed to terms that evening and he was on a plane to Australia the next day.”
“We’re definitely excited to see what he can do. We think he’ll be an excellent fit with the pieces we already have in place and after meeting all the guys at training, we can already tell he’s going to be a great teammate.”
“With his dynamic style of play at both ends of the floor, I think he’ll become a crowd favorite with our fans soon enough,” Furdek added.
Wiggins too was pumped about his first playing opportunity in Australia.
“I already love it here in Mackay,” he said.
“It’s a beautiful city and I’m definitely thankful to the club for giving me this opportunity.”
“I wanted to go somewhere that had a championship winning tradition and they do that here in Mackay, plus it’s a place I know will help me to improve.”
“I can’t wait to get out on the floor with the guys and show what I can do and hopefully that leads to winning ball games and ultimately a title,” Wiggins added
Most of the McDonald’s Meteors 2016 squad including Wiggins, will be suiting up in this Saturday night’s All-Star exhibition game as part of the Crater’s official re-opening event.
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