Former Mott star Kevin Tiggs signs with Dijon in France

August 1, 2012 in Cover Story, Professional

Kevin Tiggs during a workout with Terrence Watson at Marcus Skinner at Mott last year. Photo: Patrick Hayes

By Patrick Hayes

In stops in pro leagues in the Ukraine and Cyprus, former Mott Community College National Player of the Year Kevin Tiggs has shown off his do-it-all perimeter game and been one of the top defenders in each league he’s played in. Now, he’ll continue his career with Dijon in France according to EuroBasket (note: English version of the text is a bit rough):

The 27-year-old forward started the earlier season in Ferro-ZNTU. He tallied 8.4 points, 3.6 boards and 1.8 assists per game in Superleague. In EuroChallenge Qualifying Round Kevin Tiggs posted 14.5 points, 2.5 assists, 1.5 boards and 1.5 steals. The forward moved to Apoel Nicosia in October. His stats read 11.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.2 assists per game in EuroChallenge. Kevin Tiggs registered 14.3 points, 2.5 steals and 1.8 assists in Cypriot League. The forward led Apoel to the regular season crown. Kevin Tiggs was named All-Cypriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2011-2012 for Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five) he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 67.6%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 70.6% in EuroChallenge and in Ukrainian League showed 14.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP-3 (60.9%), 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 71.4%.

Just to put all of my biases out there, Tiggs is one of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever written about. He’s always smiling, always friendly and when you consider the unlikely path he took just to have a career in the first place — Mott coach Steve Schmidt still calls Tiggs ‘an inspiration’ to him — he’s incredibly easy to root for. I interviewed Tiggs last year for a feature in the Johnson City Press in Tennessee, where he played college basketball, and asked if he ever thought of the NBA. After all, he has prototypical size for a shooting guard — a strong, athletic 6-foot-5 — shoots the three well, runs the floor, finishes and can get to the basket. Typical of Tiggs, though, he said he’d be happy no matter what:

“I’m never satisfied, but I’m also blessed to be doing what I’m doing,” Tiggs said. “If the NBA is where God wants me to be, then I’ll be there. But I like what I have. I consider myself very blessed.”

Hat tip, Eric Woodyard