Winnebago grad David Wingett is transferring closer to home.
Wingett announced Tuesday that he’ll continue his college career at South Dakota State after one year at Memphis. He played in four games for the Tigers last season but received a medical redshirt after suffering a season-ending injury.
He’ll sit out the 2019-20 season because of transfer rules and have four seasons left of eligibility. Wingett said he also received interest from Vanderbilt and Wichita State, and he plans to arrive at SDSU on Monday to begin summer workouts.
SDSU has reached the NCAA tournament three straight seasons but will have to replace Nebraska native Mike Daum, who finished his college career as one of the best scorers in college basketball history.
The Jackrabbits will also have a new head coach. Former assistant Eric Henderson was promoted to the position after T.J. Otzelberger left for UNLV. Wingett said he has a relationship with Henderson that started when he was a high school prospect.
“I’ve known Hendo for a couple of years now, and I know what I am getting in the situation at South Dakota State,” Wingett said.
After graduating from Winnebago, Wingett spent a postgrad season at Bull City Prep in Durham, North Carolina, before landing at Memphis. He played in four games for the Tigers last season, recording two points, one rebound and three steals in 24 total minutes.
Wingett led Winnebago to the school’s second state championship in 2015. He averaged 20.8 points and 4.9 rebounds during his high school career. At Bull City he averaged 25.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
“He is a versatile wing who has the ability to score the ball in many ways,” Henderson said in a press release announcing Wingett’s addition. “Jackrabbit fans will enjoy this smooth lefty’s unselfish play, and his ability to finish above the rim or hit a long 3.”
Wingett finished his career at Winnebago as the fifth-leading scorer in Nebraska prep history with more than 2,300 points.
Now he’ll try to find that scoring stroke at a new college.
“Being away showed me what it was like and how hard it was to be away from my family,” Wingett said. “At the same time, I didn’t want it to be a factor in my decision.”