Diggs Is A UNLV Graduate|
Dec. 22, 2011
By Sage Sammons, UNLV Athletics Media Relations
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The last game that Trevor Diggs played as a Runnin' Rebel was on March 3, 2001. It was his senior night and he made the most of it, scoring a career-high 49 points in an upset win over conference leader Wyoming. Over 10 years later, Diggs again made a huge achievement on the floor of the Thomas & Mack Center as he graduated from UNLV last week.
"I really didn't know how big of a deal it was until I walked out into the graduation ceremony and saw all the people in the seats," Diggs said. "I knew I had to finish school and coming back showed my maturity and that I am not 21 anymore. I was really impressed with the crowd. It almost seemed like there were more people there than at a championship game."
That fortitude Diggs has shown was apparent to all the UNLV fans that were able to watch him during his two years wearing Scarlet and Gray from 1999-01. Besides scoring the second-most points in a game in program history, Diggs was able to average more than 14 points per game during his career. He also recorded a Runnin' Rebel record eight steals in a game, which has yet to be broken, but has been matched twice.
Current head coach Dave Ricewas an assistant coach when Diggs played at UNLV and witnessed his ability first hand.
"Trevor was very good player," Rice said. "He was a versatile guard and a terrific defender. He had the ability to make plays for his teammates as well as himself. His 49 points against Wyoming will always standout, but he had a very good two-year career."
Diggs took his talents overseas, but left a few classes unfinished at UNLV. When he returned back to the United States, he realized how important obtaining his degree was, so he came back to finish.
"It was very important to me to come back and get my degree, because when I left school I left a few classes on the table," Diggs said. "I went overseas to pursue my career to play basketball and when I came home in 2008-09, I realized how hard it was to get a job. I wanted to get a job as a coach and give back to the youth and give them all I learned from playing basketball. I couldn't go forward with my coaching if I didn't graduate from college so it just made sense for me to come finish school."
Of all his and his team's achievements on the court, Diggs says his favorite memories are just playing in front of the crowds at the Thomas & Mack Center with his teammates.
"For me, playing at UNLV was all about playing at an arena like the Thomas & Mack and having an opportunity to showcase my talents," Diggs said. "I had some great teammates in Dalron Johnson, Kaspars Kambala and Mark Dickel. I just had a ball playing with those guys and playing at UNLV."
Last Saturday, Diggs' career came full circle as he was able to finish what he started on the floor of the T&M.
"It was very gratifying knowing that I played here and I'm part of the UNLV family," Diggs said. "Just coming back and getting my degree overwhelmed me a little bit. It just showed all the hard work I put in. To come back to my school and see some of the people that took care of me and gave me a full-ride scholarship, like Jerry Koloskie and Coach Rice, it is just awesome."
Diggs' former coach is still impressed and quite proud.
"Trevor was a good player and is a good person," Rice said. "He has the ability to make a difference in the world and as a coach there is nothing more rewarding than when a student-athlete works hard and gets his degree. The motivation Trevor has for doing that is so he can make a difference in his community and that is very special."