LINCOLN — Nebraska basketball player Deverell Biggs will be suspended for an undetermined number of games next season as punishment for a December driving-under-the-influence arrest, coach Tim Miles said Thursday.
Biggs, a junior out of Omaha Central, pleaded no contest to the charge Thursday morning and was sentenced to nine months probation and fined $300. Judge Jeffrey Marcuzzo also ordered a six-month license revocation, mandatory alcohol-education classes and abstinence from alcohol for six months.
Miles said he will wait to announce more specific penalties for Biggs, who sat out last season as a redshirt.
“Today is just a starting point for that decision,” Miles said. “We'll see if he pays all his fines on time and does his community service appropriately.
“If he does all that, I'll make a decision. I'm taking my time because I have as much time as I want. I want to see how Deverell handles this process, and to make this an educational experience for him so that it never happens again.”
Biggs' attorney said restitution already has been made to the driver of a Mercedes, whose car suffered about $1,500 in damage when Biggs backed into it at a stop light in downtown Omaha on Dec. 30. Biggs then left the scene, and was later arrested.
Police reported that Biggs, one year under the legal drinking age of 21 at the time, had a blood-alcohol content of .134. The limit for drivers 21 or older in Nebraska is .08.
Biggs was an All-Nebraska selection in high school at Omaha Central. He then earned first-team national junior college All-America honors two seasons ago at Seward County (Kan.) Community College.
The 6-foot-1 guard is expected to strongly contend for a starting job in the coming season at Nebraska.
Notes: Nebraska has a recruiting visit scheduled this weekend from Sai Tummala, (pronounced SIGH Two-MALL-uh). The 6-7 forward from Salt Lake (Utah) CC was recently named a third-team juco All-American. He averaged 14.5 points a game. As a freshman, he spent one semester at Michigan as a preferred walk-on. ... On the day after a World-Herald story reported that Nebraska was nearing a school record for men's basketball season ticket sales, another 421 were sold. That boosts the total to 10,776, which doesn't include an expected 1,500 or so student sales.
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