By Julian Bell
Redshirt junior guard Stephan Jiggetts has played his last season with the Knights, and will transfer to another school, according to a report from College Basketball Central.
Coach Greg Herenda confirmed the story.
“Steph is graduating in May and is transferring,” Herenda said. “I wish him all the best moving forward.”
A s s i s t a n t Athletic Director for Athletic Communications Bryan Jackson said that Jiggetts was unavailable for interviews.
Jiggetts ended the 2016-2017 season with a strong performance, despite FDU’s struggles in the Northeast Conference Tournament. The Knights started the season hot at 8-1, but fell to 9-9 by the close of conference play.
Knights Head Coach Greg Herenda said that Jiggetts was a unique player on his team.
“Steph has great vision of the floor, shoots the three and can finish with strength around the basket,” Herenda said.
Hailed as one of the NEC’s best point guards, Jiggetts averaged 13.5 points per game, 4.2 assists and shot 81.7 percent at the foul line. Last year, he helped lead the Knights to the NCAA Tournament. Jiggetts scored 406 points in his final season at FDU.
Jiggetts will be eligible to play next season, as he has one more year of NCAA eligibility left, having played three years with The Knights.
Coach Herenda has other major contributors on his team, like junior guard Darian Anderson, who was named NEC Player of the week twice this season. Earl Potts Jr., another leader on Herenda’s team, was just behind Jiggetts, averaging 12.3 points per game and 4.6 rebounds this season. Another player will have to fill the empty guard position Jiggetts left.
The college Basketball website CBB Central reported that, “The Knights have received a letter of intent from point guard Jahlil Jenkins of West Virginia for next season.”
Before becoming an elusive point guard, Jiggetts overcame some setbacks early on in his career.
“His collegiate career got off to a strange start before he even played a game,” CBB Central said. “He was originally committed to Siena under head coach Mitch Buonaguro. However, after Buonaguro’s firing, Jiggetts was released from his letter of intent and eventually signed with Albany. That destination didn’t work out either for Jiggetts, who left the program without ever playing a game.”
The original report on Jiggetts’ departure, which surfaced in March, does not indicate where his new home will be.
“Jiggetts will likely draw interest from lots of mid-major programs in need of instant-impact point guard help,” CBB Central reported. “His experience and talent would be an excellent addition for a team in position to contend for a conference title.”