all-american. champion. Edutainer. coach.
Candice Wiggins, a four time All-American at Stanford University, and the number three draft pick in the 2008 WNBA draft, played eight years in the WNBA before retiring in 2016. The daughter of MLB star Alan Wiggins, who famously and tragically died from AIDS in 1991, Candice has accomplished and been awarded for a vast array of professional accomplishments throughout her career. Most notably, in 2007, Candice was named the USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, an annual award issued by USA Basketball that honors the top American female basketball performer during the year’s international competition. In 2008, she was awarded the Wade Trophy, an award presented annually to the best women’s basketball player in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I competition. In addition to these awards, she was also named the Lowe’s Senior Class Award Winner, and the WNBA 6th Woman of the Year.
In 2010, Candice began writing regularly for SLAM Online. Her work has also been published in Huffington Post, LA Times, ESPNW, and The Players’ Tribune throughout her WNBA career. The year 2010 was met with much fanfare for Candice as she was honored with such accolades as EuroCup Player of the Year, EuroCup Champion, Greek Champion, and played as an integral part of the Greek All-Star Team. By 2011, Candice was reveling in the honor of becoming a WNBA Champion while with the Minnesota Lynx. The honors kept rolling in when Candice accepted the NBA/WNBA Cares Community Assist Award in 2012, and was named Israeli Champion in 2014.
In 2017, Candice appeared as a cast member on MTV’s The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros. She was honored as the 2017 SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes SPORTS Woman of the Year. Currently, she runs a premier club basketball program in her hometown of San Diego, named the Wiggins’ Waves. She also runs an elite basketball camp, ICE Academy. In her spare time she trains for professional beach volleyball and enjoys coaching Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball at her alma mater, La Jolla Country Day School.