One of three redshirts last year, junior guard Deverell Biggs (pronounced DEV-er-el) is ready to put his stamp on the Husker program. Last year, Biggs joined fellow redshirts Terran Petteway and Walter Pitchford on the Husker scout team, giving the starters fits in practice. This year, the 6-foot-175-pounder from Omaha will make a bid to be the Huskers' starting point guard. He is a fluid playmaker with the ability to score as well as get his teammates involved. Biggs also has exceptional quickness and boasts better than a 40-inch vertical leap, which is not surprising for a former state high jump champion.
Two years ago, Biggs garnered first-team NJCAA All-America honors at Seward (Kan.) County Community College last season, averaging 14.6 points, 3.1 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.7 rebounds per game in helping the school to a third-place finish at the national tournament.
Biggs was the first signing for Coach Tim Miles at Nebraska in April of 2012, and the first in-state player to sign with the Husker program since the fall of 2001. He was a standout performer at Omaha Central, leading the Eagles to three Class A (largest class) state titles during his high school career.
Biggs redshirted the 2012-13 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2013-14 campaign.
Biggs came to Nebraska after earning first-team NJCAA All-America honors after guiding Seward County Community College to a 31-7 record and a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2011-12. He averaged 14.6 points, 3.1 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.7 rebounds per game for Coach Bryan Zollinger, ranking fifth nationally in steals. On the season, he had eight games with at least 20 points, including a near triple double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in one contest, and also eight games with at least five steals.
The Jayhawk West and Region VI Player of the Year, Biggs turned in one of his best performances in the quarterfinals of the national tournament with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals against Columbia State. Biggs led Seward County CC in scoring, assists and steals en route to becoming the school's first player to garner first-team All-America recognition since 2003. He was the Region VI Tournament MVP, as he led the Saints to their second National Tournament appearance in five years. He averaged 14.0 points and 3.3 assists in Seward's sweep through the postseason tournament.
He began his career at West Texas College in 2010-11, averaging 14 points and 3.8 steals per game to earn first-team all-conference recognition for Coach Jason Sautter. He had 31 points against Howard College, one of five 20-point games as a freshman, and seven games with at least five steals.
Biggs originally earned acclaim in leading Omaha Central High School to three Class A state titles (largest class in state) during his career, including his senior year when he averaged 21.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in sweeping state player-of-the-year honors from both the Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha World-Herald for Coach Eric Behrens.
A two-time all-state performer, he closed his career with 19 points, four assists and three steals in the 2010 state title game against Norfolk, after putting up 35 points in a 53-52 win over Lincoln Southeast in the state semifinals. Biggs also starred for the Eagles' track program, leading the school to a Class A state title in 2010 by winning the high jump (7'0") and placing sixth in the triple jump. For his efforts, he was named Nebraska High School Athlete of the Year by both of the state's major papers in 2010.
Deverell is the son of Cherrese Washington and Robert Biggs and was born on Feb. 17, 1992. Deverell has one brother, Brandon Wallace, and two sisters, Cymone Biggs and Brynn Washington. Deverell is a double major in sociology and ethnic studies at Nebraska.