Bonneville High School’s Deryk Biggs is taking his basketball talents to the Central Standard Time zone this winter.
With his parents, grandmother, teammates and friends watching, Biggs signed his letter of intent with Lindenwood University on Friday in Bonneville High School’s conference room.
Sporting a maroon Lindenwood snapback hat and shirt, Biggs shared several photos with family and friends to celebrate his signing on the last day of school.
Biggs, a 5-9 point guard and one of six seniors on the 4A state third-place Bonneville basketball team, had originally planned to attend the University of Idaho for academics. He later was in contact with junior colleges in California and North Carolina as well as Lindenwood, an NAIA school in Belleville, Illinois, for basketball.
He settled on Lindenwood because of its rising athletic program.
“They’re a really good academic school and their sports program started up about five, six years ago,” Biggs said. “Last year, they made it to the (NAIA) national tournament.”
He credits his participation in AAU basketball for his college basketball prospects. Biggs has played for the Idaho Falls-based EIA team for the last three seasons. The Lindenwood offer came about when he played in an AAU tournament in April in Las Vegas.
“Travel ball is so much different than high school ball,” Biggs said. “You play kids from California and Vegas. It helps to step up your game rather than playing straight high school ball.”
Biggs singled out playing in the state tournament as a senior as his favorite Bonneville basketball memory. He graduates Wednesday and said he is both nervous and excited about taking the next step in life and his career.
He visits the Lindenwood campus on June 26 and will play point guard for the Lynx.
“I’m kinda nervous because it’s a 23-hour drive from here,” Biggs said. “I’m excited to see how well I do on my own.”