Coastal Carolina University basketball player Shivaughn Wiggins has been suspended from the team indefinitely after being arrested and charged with third degree assault and battery Saturday.
Wiggins, the Chanticleers’ starting point guard, has been suspended from all team activities for a violation of team rules, Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis announced Saturday via a university release. Ellis could not be reached for comment.
Wiggins was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention center on Saturday at 11:18 a.m., and has been released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. Few details about the alleged assault were discussed at a 3 p.m. hearing before Judge Margie Livingston, but the judge said the assault involved an ex-girlfriend and asked that Wiggins not go around her until the matter is resolved.
Coastal Carolina media officials declined to comment on the incident.
Wiggins, from Charlotte, N.C., has played the last two seasons for Coastal Carolina after transferring from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2013. He started all 32 games for Coastal in 2015, including their NCAA Tournament Round of 64 loss to Wisconsin.
He started 26 games this season and is second on the team in scoring (12.6 points per game), second in assists (3.6) and first in total steals (46). Wiggins was named honorable mention for the All Big South team this season along with teammate Elijah Wilson.
Wiggins’ suspension comes a day before Coastal Carolina hosts the UC Irvine Anteaters in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament semifinal at 9 p.m. Sunday.
The Chanticleers’ will likely turn to sophomore guard Jaylen Shaw to handle point guard duties, a Hartsville native who transferred from the University of South Carolina in 2014. Shaw leads the team with 3.9 assists per game.
A police report regarding the incident was not available as of Saturday. More information will be released as soon as it is provided.
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