One day after getting released from Ohio, Rodell Wigginton, a 6-foot-6 swingman from the College of Central Florida, committed to Buffalo and head coach Bobby Hurley on Saturday.
“Due To Coaching Change, I Will Be Attending State University of New York at Buffalo Athletics For My Final 2 Years Of College! OFFICIAL™ #UB,” he Tweeted.
“Rodell is an explosive small forward who creates tough matchups because of his combination of quickness and strength,” Central Florida coach Tim Ryan told SNY.tv.
Wigginton said he wants to help take Buffalo far in the NCAA Tournament.
“I’m going to bring a strong and determined mind, help on the defensive end and give my hardest hustle as a player,” he told SNY.tv. “I’m trying not to only to get better on my own but make my team better as a whole. I’m trying not only to get to the tournament but make it far and make a statement in the tournament.”
Wigginton, who averaged 14.0 points and 3.5 rebounds last season, was one of three players released from Ohio on Friday after head coach Jim Christian left to take Boston College job.
The others were Tariq Owens and junior college prospect Nehemias Morillo. Owens released his new list of schools on Saturday.
“The reason why I chose this school is because the coaches are players with experience and they know what it takes to get to the higher levels,” Wigginton said of Buffalo. “And they will push you till you reach your highest potential.”
Buffalo’s already has Letters of Intent from five players in the Class of 2014: 6-foot-10 2014 big man Ikenna Smart, 6-4 wing Bobby Frasco, 6-3 shooting guard Mory Diane, 6-2 point guard Lamonte Bearden and 6-9 center Raheem Johnson. Follow Adam Zagoria on TwitterAnd like ZAGS on Facebook
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