Stanford senior guard Candice Wiggins was honored as the Wade Trophy player of the year on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Biography, photos and video are included below.
Candice Wiggins is a senior guard on the Stanford University women’s basketball team. She was awarded with the prestigious Wade Trophy for player of the year on Saturday. She is only the second Stanford player to earn the Wade Trophy, following Jennifer Azzi in 1990. She was recognized for being an outstanding basketball player, but also for being a positive role model for the community.
“I was very shocked and elated and so honored to receive this award,” said Wiggins, who also was named a WBCA All-American for the fourth year. “I was not expecting it. I was just going to sit back. … To get the award is so amazing, and to have it this year, my last year with this team I so desperately love and a coach I absolutely love to play for, that’s what makes it the most special.”
Candice Dana Wiggins was born on February 14, 1987 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her interest in sports and basketball in particular started early on in her life. When she was only six-years-old she scored 30 points against 4th grade players. By the time she was in the 5th grade she had to play boys in order to be competitive. Her father was Alan Wiggins who played Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles. He died of AIDS when Candice was only three-years-old. Before his death, he moved the family to San Diego, California where Candice grew up.
Throughout her high school career Candice excelled in Volleyball, Track, and most of all Basketball as well as in academics. She graduated with a 3.8 grade point average. She has focused on and excelled in basketball throughout college. Candice and her brother Alan, a sophomore center for the University of San Francisco, are both adamant about playing clean. They play in honor of their father who died of complications of AIDS at 32 years of age after years of drug abuse. About a year prior to her father’s death the family home was destroyed by fire. Just months before his death, Candice was hit by a car backing out of a driveway. The accident left her with a scar across her face. Her mother has said that the series of family tragedies only made them all stronger.
The 5′ 11″ Candice Wiggins is known as much for her compassion and kindness as she is for her athletic abilities.