ROCK HILL, S.C. – The South Atlantic Conference announced that Newberry College men’s basketball player Mitch Riggs (Langwarrin, Vic, Australia) was named the SAC Scholar-Athlete for his achievements on and off the court during the 2014-15 academic year.
This yearly award is presented to one student-athlete in each conference championship sport and is voted on by the committee of faculty athletic representatives.
As a member of the Newberry College men’s basketball team Riggs averaged 13.2 points per game in 29 games played. His career-high came against Catawba in the first-round of the South Atlantic Conference tournament. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game during the campaign. He tallied double digits in 22-of-29 games played this season. Riggs was named to the South Atlantic Conference All-Freshman team during the 2012-13 season.
Off the court Riggs has earned multiple academic honors. During this academic campaign Riggs was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, as voted on by the regional sports information directors. He has also garnered the Division-II Athletic Director’s Association Academic Award for the third consecutive year.
Riggs also was named to the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the third straight year as well as the Newberry College Dean’s List. He boasts a 3.69 grade-point average as he pursues a Physical Education degree.
Throughout the school year Riggs spends valuable time assisting others in the community through various opportunities. During his three years at Newberry College, he has been a member of the Newberry College International Students Organization. While in Australia, Riggs volunteers his time throughout the summer at various basketball clubs. He also helps coach the Frankston Blues, a former team of Riggs’ while he was in high school.
During the current school year he has volunteered his time at Little Mountain Elementary School during Little Mountain Red Ribbon Week educating kids on the dangers using drugs. Riggs also assisted at Gallman Elementary as a member of the Big Brother program where he mentored special needs students and other students that were struggling with their academic classes. As a sophomore he served at Lexington County elementary schools throughout the month of February as he read to various classes throughout the day.
Riggs has also volunteered his time at Newberry Elementary working with a free youth basketball clinic where he helped teach the basic skills of basketball. During the Newberry Special Olympics, Riggs served as an official for the basketball games throughout the afternoon.
Riggs will return to Newberry College next year as a senior leader of the men’s basketball team alongside fellow classmates Brandon Taylor (Coshocton, Ohio), James Ashby (Auckland, New Zealand) and Xavier Holmes (Great Falls, S.C.)