By CHRISTIAN MORTENSEN
Coming out of highschool, Keven Biggs didn’t even know if he wanted to play basketball anymore.
Now, at Pima just three years later, he is a NJCAA All-American, a ACCAC regional finals MVP and is well on the way to playing Division I collegiate basketball.
“I really wasn’t sure if I was going to continue to play basketball,” he said, “but I ended up meeting with Coach Peabody and I really came to believe in his vision and how I fit into his plan. I ended up talking it over with my family and commited a few days later.”
For the Tucson native, that seems to have been a wise decision.
This season at Pima, the 6’4” combo guard was a beast; averaging 17 points per game to lead the Aztecs in scoring, doing so at an efficient rate as well; finishing with a field-goal percentage just above 46 percent.
Biggs was the best player on a team that set school records at Pima, not only for most regular season, conference and total wins for one year, but also for the furthest advancement in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in school history. The Aztecs went all the way to the national championship game, finishing as national runners up.
He was recognized for his outstanding work during the year by not only being named first team All-ACCAC and first team All-Region I, Division II, but also for being named as an NJCAA Division II Second Team All-American.
However, despite all the success this season, it wasn’t always pretty for Biggs at Pima. As, after a solid freshman season in which he averaged 10 points per game, he suffered a stress fracture which forced him to miss his entire sophomore campaign.
“I felt like freshmen year was such a good learning experience for me,” he said, “ I was just starting to get good insight on my own potential, so to go down with the injury really hurt. There were some tough moments for me personally.”
Even if it was tough for him, according to Pima assistant coach Dylan Hidalgo, Biggs took full advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted to him through his medical redshirt.
“A big part of Keven’s success this year is because he was a third year JuCo guy. He really honoured the process over the course of those seasons and worked for everything he got this year,”
Hidalgo said, “coming back from the injury, dealing with injuries this season; he embodies our slogan, ‘Aztec Tough’, he did everything asked of him and now is reaping the benefits with over 25 full ride scholarship offers.”
For now though, Biggs is undecided on what his future holds.
“Whatever happens next year, I am just so blessed to have been apart of this team and to have made this journey,” he said, “no matter what, these are the memories I will hold on to forever.”