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The Score Sheet: Wigginton declares for NBA draft, Iowa baseball prepares for Rutgers

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State sophomore Lindell Wigginton is declaring for the NBA draft for the second year in a row “with the full intent of staying in.”

Wigginton, who withdrew from last year’s draft at the last minute after a spectacular freshman season, announced his plans Thursday on Twitter.

Wigginton’s numbers dipped a bit last season after a foot injury cost him 10 non-conference games. But Wigginton still averaged 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game off the bench while shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers.

He joins freshman Talen Horton-Tucker as Cyclones who have declared for the draft. Wigginton’s decision will likely push Tyrese Haliburton into the starting role at point guard — and it could also put Iowa State in the market for a graduate transfer backcourt player.

After being considered a weakness a year ago, a young but experienced linebacking corps will be a strength heading into next season for the Iowa Football teams.

Hawkeye linebacker coach Seth Wallace says a standout defensive line made the transition smooth.

Wallace says the expectations for the linebackers are much higher for next season.

Linebacker Amani Jones has moved to defensive end this spring. Wallace says move provides much needed depth on the edge and also tweaks the Hawkeyes’ traditional 4-3 look.

Wallace says the linebackers need to help a young defensive line develop.

The Iowa Hawkeye baseball team continues a home stand this weekend by opening a three game Big Ten series against Rutgers Friday night. Injuries have left the pitching staff thin and that was a factor in Wednesday night’s 11-6 loss to Illinois State.

That’s Iowa coach Rick Heller who says the starting pitching has picked up the slack in a 3-3 start to Big Ten play.

Rutgers has struggled to an 9-17 record but Heller says the Scarlet Knights have a solid pitching staff.

Sunday’s forecast calls for rain but with that game scheduled to appear on the Big Ten Network, Heller says they are going to wait before making Saturday’s game a doubleheader.

 

 

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