SGTC’s Marquel Wiggins signs with Talladega College Tornadoes
South Georgia Technical College Sophomore forward Marquel Wiggins of Oglethorpe signed a national letter of intent to play basketball with the Talladega College Tornadoes in Talladega, AL recently. Talladega College is a Division I member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and plays in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC).
South Georgia Technical College Jets head coach Travis Garrett and Talladega Head Coach Fredrick Summers were present at the signing along with Wiggins and members of his family. The 6’ 6” sophomore forward helped lead the Jets to a 20 – 12 overall record in 2017 – 2018 and a second place finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XVII tournament in Rome, Georgia. The Jets lost to Central Georgia Tech in the finals.
Wiggins was the leading rebounder for the Jets this season with an average of 9.3 per outing. He averaged 5.2 rebounds per game on defense and 4.1 on offense. He was also the second leading scorer for the Jets, averaging 15.8 points per game. He started 28 of the Jets 32 games this season. He was named to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) All-Region first team for his performance on the court.
Wiggins was the third leading rebounder in the GCAA and he was ranked seventh in the nation in offensive rebounding in the NJCAA. He was also listed among the top 25 rebounders in the NJCAA. He tied the college’s record for most rebounds in a single game with 20 rebounds against Tallahassee.
“Marquel did a great job for us his freshman and his sophomore years,” said South Georgia Technical College Jets head coach Travis Garrett. “He was a walk-on as a freshman and earned a scholarship before the end of the season. Then he came back as a sophomore and provided leadership on and off the court. I am very proud of him and the opportunity that he has with Talladega,” added Garrett. “I think this is a great fit for Marquel and for Talladega.”
Talladega head coach Fredrick Summers said his team is excited to sign Wiggins. “We believe he can be the piece that we were missing this past season,” said Summers. “He is good offensively and a great rebounder and we are expecting great things from him for the next two years.”
Summers is entering his second season as the head men’s basketball coach at Talladega College. He earned his 100th win as a head coach this season. He served as the head coach at Concordia College – Alabama and finished a five-year stint at Concordia College as the winningest coach in their men’s basketball history with a record of 82 – 56 before joining Talladega College. His team at Concordia College were the 2015 – 2016 National Runner-ups and won the national championship in 2016 – 2017.
The Talladega Tornadoes finished this past season with a 21 – 11 overall record and were 10 – 5 in the GCAC. They advanced to the GCAC semi-finals and lost a hard fought 79 – 69 game to Xavier in the GCAC Tournament.