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NEC Rookie of the Year Shivaughn Wiggins leaves Mount St. Mary's

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Mount St. Mary's was one of the surprise teams in the NEC last season, winning nine of its last 10 regular season games and then making a run to the championship game of the conference tournament. It fell to LIU Brooklyn in the title game, but the Mountaineers had some optimism heading into 2013-14.

One of the primary reasons for the promising short-term future was guard Shivaughn Wiggins, who won NEC Rookie of the Year honors and reached double-figures in 14 of his final 17 games.

Earlier this week, though, the school announced that Wiggins has been given his release and will transfer.

“We are working tirelessly to establish a strong and consistent culture on and off of the floor,” head coach Jamion Christian said in a statement. “In our first season we were able to make tremendous strides in these areas and we are committed to doing so on a daily basis. Shivaughn had an unbelievable freshman year for us here at the Mount and was a big contributor to this past season's success. We will continue to wish him the best in any of his future endeavors.”

Wiggins, a Charlotte native, averaged 9.7 points last season. The 5-foot-10 guard will have three years of eligibility at his next destination.

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