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Nebraska dismisses junior guard Deverell Biggs

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Nebraska has dismissed junior guard Deverell Biggs from the team for multiple disciplinary reasons, according to a report from The World-Herald.

The 6-foot Biggs played in 15 games this season for Nebraska after redshirting last season and spending his first two seasons at Seward County (Kan.) Community College. 

Biggs was averaging 9.9 points per game for Nebraska — good enough for third on the team — but faced some off-the-court issues the last few years. Last season, Biggs was charged with a DUI and that led to a two-game suspension to begin this season.

The junior also missed the Nebraska trip to Cincinnati on December 28th after missing a film session and sources told The World-Herald that Biggs missed another film session before Nebraska’s Sunday game against Minnesota. Biggs didn’t play in the win over Minnesota, either.

Biggs also has a February 5th court date for a misdemeanor traffic offense. Campus police pulled Biggs over on January 5th for running a stop sign and a records check by The World-Herald shows that Biggs was driving on a suspended license.

A former All-Nebraska player in high school, Biggs led Omaha Central High School to three straight Class A state titles and was Tim Miles’ first recruit at Nebraska in April of 2012.

Biggs was Nebraska’s first in-state recruit in 10 seasons. The junior still has one year of eligibility remaining.

UPDATE: Nebraska head coach Tim Miles commented on the dismissal in a statement on Tuesday.

“I’ve made the very difficult decision that Deverell Biggs will no longer be a part of our basketball program. We have consistently emphasized accountability for our student-athletes on the court, off the court and in the classroom. Individual accountability affects the entire group. As a basketball program, we are moving forward and perhaps a fresh start for Deverell may be beneficial to him as well.”

“Deverell will still have access to all of our academic resources to maintain his eligibility and progress toward graduation. Deverell is good young man. My hope is that he remains at Nebraska and finishes his classes this spring and finds another program where he can flourish. We wish him all the best.”

Creighton lands 2016 combo guard

Greg McDermott
Associated Press
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Sunday evening Creighton got on the board in the Class of 2016, as 6-foor-4 combo guard Davion Mintz made his pledge to Greg McDermott’s program. Mintz made the decision on the tail end of his official visit to Creighton, picking the Bluejays over Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Tulsa and Wichita State.

News of Mintz’s commitment was first reported by Rick Lewis of the Phenom Hoop Report, with Mintz confirming the news via Twitter shortly thereafter.

Creighton has just two seniors on its current roster in guard Jams Milliken and forward Geoffrey Groselle, but that doesn’t mean they lack for experience. Among the guards on the roster who will be around when Mintz arrives on campus are redshirt juniors Maurice Watson Jr., Malik Albert, and Isaiah Zierden, and Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster will be eligible in 2016-17.

Mintz, who attends North Mecklenberg HS just outside of Charlotte, can play either on or off the basketball. Creighton’s veteran guards should help Mintz with his transition to the college game when he arrives in Omaha in 2016. Mintz played for the Charlotte Nets grassroots program this summer.

Three-star power forward commits to WVU

Bob Huggins
Associated Press
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Three days after landing one power forward in Sagaba Konate, West Virginia received a verbal commitment from another big man Sunday evening.

6-foot-11 Mountain Mission School (Gurndy, Virginia) power forward Maciej Bender became the Mountaineers’ fourth commitment in the Class of 2016 on Sunday, with the Mountain Mission program announcing the news via Twitter. Bender is a native of Poland, and in addition to Konate he joins guards Brandon Knapper and Chase Harler in West Virginia’s 2016 recruiting class.

West Virginia will lose two forwards in TyQuane Goard and Jonathan Holton at the end of the 2015-16 season, and the additions of Konate and Bender will help the Mountaineers account for those departures from a depth standpoint. Bender can score around the basket, but he’s also capable of facing up and scoring in pick-and-pop situations out beyond the three-point line.

Bender officially visited West Virginia last weekend, and he was a player the WVU coaching staff wanted to get in the fold. Other programs to offer Bender included Arizona State (teammate Jethro Tshisumpa is an ASU commit), Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Providence. Bender played his grassroots basketball for the West Virginia Wildcats program this summer.