May 15, 2013 in Sports

Wiggins signs to play with Kansas

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Top basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins is headed to Kansas.

Wiggins signed a letter-of-intent with the Jayhawks at a private ceremony Tuesday afternoon in Huntington, W.Va. He previously narrowed his choices to Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State.

The Canadian star averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season for West Virginia’s Huntington Prep.

Initially rated as a 2014 prospect, Wiggins shot to the top of recruiting charts when he decided to reclassify into his original high school class of 2013.

Associated Press

Lundblad named next CdA coach

BOYS BASKETBALL: Kurt Lundblad will follow in his father’s footsteps as the next Coeur d’Alene High boys basketball coach.

Lundblad was named the Vikings’ next coach Tuesday, replacing Kent Leiss, who resigned with three games left in the regular season amidst parents dissatisfaction.

A 1984 CdA graduate, Lundblad, 47, was a three-year starter for his father, Dean, who was the Viks’ head coach from 1968-69 to 1983-84.

“I grew up in the gym from age 2,” Lundblad said. “I’m very humbled and excited about the opportunity. It’s not about my father, it’s not about me. It’s about Viking basketball.”

Lundblad was one of seven interviewed. CdA interviewed five candidates last week, including former Lewis Clark State College and Idaho men’s basketball coach George Pfeifer, before interviewing Lundblad and one other candidate Monday, CdA athletic director Todd Gilkey said.

“His passion for Coeur d’Alene High School, his passion for the game of basketball and his plan for developing an overall program from grade school to high school was pretty impressive,” Gilkey said.

Lundblad has previous head coaching experience. He coached three years at Sandpoint, from 1998-99 to 2000-01. Sandpoint was 26-44 overall under Lundblad.

He played two years with Lake City coach Jim Winger at CdA.

“I’m happy for Kurt,” Winger said. “I’ve known him for as long as I can remember. He did a good job at Sandpoint.”

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