The Wollongong NRE Hawks have added versatile import swingman Kevin Tiggs to their roster for the 2013/14 National Basketball League season.
Tiggs graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2009 and makes his way to the NBL having played professionally in France, Cypress and in the Ukrainian league for the past two seasons.
The dynamic swingman stands at 196cm (6’5’’), weighs 100kg (220lb) and has the ability to impact games at both ends of the floor with his energy and athleticism.
Tiggs most recently played for Hoveria in the Ukrainian league, averaging 10.1 points (54 percent shooting), 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.
In 2011/12 he averaged 14.2 points (60.9 percent shooting), 4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 42 games for Hoveria.
“After a disrupted pre-season we are looking forward to Kevin joining the group and allowing the team to settle into the season ahead” said Wollongong NRE Hawks General Manager Stuart Wilkinson.
“Our coaches have conducted their usual scouting process, but with the limited time afforded to them it has meant taking on board a number of references from former coaches proving Kevin will be a good fit for our team; both with ability and attitude” he added.
Tiggs’ incredible basketball journey that now brings him to Wollongong is an amazing story that began when he enrolled in community college after the car factory he was working at in Flint Michigan shut down.
As a sophomore at Mott Community College he was named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists on the way to leading the Bears to the national championship in 2007.
Tiggs’ coach at Mott, Steve Schmidt praised his upbeat attitude and personality by saying; ‘’I’ve never met a kid in my entire coaching career, my entire life, like Kevin Tiggs’’.
‘’Kevin’s special. I’ve coached and been around thousands of kids in my time. And Kevin’s the only one I’ve ever made a part of my family. Once you meet him, you can never forget him. He’s an inspiration. And you can never forget that smile,’’ Schmidt said.
Tiggs joined East Tennessee State for his final two years of college, averaging 14.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in his first season in Division I as a junior.
As a senior, he led the Buccaneers with 21.5 points per game, along with 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals as his team won the Atlantic Sun Conference championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In the opening round of the 2009 NCAA tourney, Tiggs had 21 points as East Tennessee almost became the first No. 16 seed to upset a No. 1 seed when they suffered a narrow loss to DeJuan Blair’s Pittsburgh team.
Tiggs finished his college career with an impressive field-goal percentage over 53% and his 21.5 points per game during the 2008/09 season ranked 16th in NCAA Division I scoring, while future NBA stars such as Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry featured in the top 15 that year.
NRE Hawks Management has taken all the steps necessary to have Tiggs cleared to play Adelaide this weekend, now they will await for approvals from FIBA and immigration.
Saturday 26th October the NRE Hawks play their 1000th NBL game, and first home game of NBL Season 2013/14 at the WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong. The club will be the first team in the NBL history to reach the 1000 game mark.
Information and tickets available from Hawks HQ 42297722 or Ticketek.com.au
Kevin Tiggs Bio:
Height: 196cm (6’5’’)
Weight: 100kg (220lb)
D.O.B.: April 17, 1984
Hometown: Flint, Michigan
College: Mott Community College (2005-2007) & East Tennessee State (2007-2009)