Height / Weight:
Position: DOB:
6-6 / 210 Forward 10/06/1985

Derrick is a very tough, versatile and athletic small forward, who is one of the great finishers around the basket. He has an assortment of finger rolls, floaters, and runners off the dribble that make him nearly impossible to defend once he’s turned the corner. He’s an incredibly versatile player, which allows him to exploit a large variety of mismatches as they appear on the floor. He’s a prolific and quite underrated scorer. He also has a superb feel for the game and rarely turns the ball over. Defensively, Simmons does a very solid job against the face-up power forwards that are starting to dominate the position. Simmons back-to-basket game is also extremely effective, especially considering his diminutive size as a power forward. He is equally comfortable taking the lead scoring role but is able to effectively as a second scoring option. Simmons remains one of the more productive player’s off-ball. He has a knack for creating offense off of transition, cuts, and offensive rebounds, making it easier to run plays for other members of the team.


College Career:

Senior (2007-08): Finished the year with 389 over 28 games...scored double figures 22 times and put up at least 20 points in eight of the year’s last 17 games...recorded his first career double-double with 20 points/10 rebounds, including the game-winning 3-pointer, at Troy (12/17) and replicated that vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (24 pts/14 rebounds on 12/22) and UL Lafayette (23 pts/13rebounds on 1/6)...hit his second game winner of the year on a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds remaining in a win over North Texas (1/18) and then connected on another with 9..4 seconds left to beat Middle Tennessee (2/15), 69-67...tied his season-high 24 points in a 69-67 win over South Alabama (2/18), which stopped the Jaguars’ 13-game win streak...averaged double-digit scoring against all 12 Sun Belt Conference opponents...also led the squad in rebounds (166) and blocked shots (14) while placing third in minutes played (28.6 per game)...Led the team in Hustle. Conference stats are: offensive rebounds (11th) and his .789 (46 of 59) free-throw average against league opponents was seventh highest.

Junior (2006-07): Set career-highs in nearly every statistical category...averaged 13.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 31 games, starting 21...blocked 13 shots and had 31 steals...scored 15 points on 3-of-5 shooting while grabbing four rebounds as a reserve against Oklahoma State (11/10)...went 7-for-12 from the field, scoring 15 points against Marist off the bench (11/19)...hit all six shot attempts against Florida Memorial, finishing
with 17 points and five rebounds (11/28)...went 2-for-3 from behind the arc against Norfolk State to score 18 points and reach double figures for the second consecutive game (12/2)...scored a career-high 31 points in FAU's first Sun Belt Conference game against Troy (12/13)...went 5-for-5 from the charity stripe against the Trojans...posted his firs18areer double-double against UMKC with 16 points and a career-best 16 rebounds in a career-high 36 minutes (12/23) of the 16 rebounds were on the offensive glass, also a career-best...blocked a career-high three shots against Florida International (12/28)...scored 15 points off the bench, going 7-for-10 from the field and grabbed three rebounds against Arkansas-Little Rock (1/27)...went 5-for-5 from the field and scored 16 points while grabbing six boards in a win over South Alabama (2/21) 8-for-10 effort from the free throw line aided a 17-point, seven- rebound effort against MTSU (2/24)...scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds against Western Kentucky in the second round of the Sun Belt Tournament.

Sophomore (2005-06): Averaged 7.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 23 games, starting eight...led the team in field goal percentage (55.6%)...averaged 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and shot 60.0% from the field in games he started...drained 12 points on five-of-seven shooting with two steals at Northwestern (11/21)...set career-highs for minutes (31) and assists (four) and rebounds (five) vs. Jacksonville (12/4)...matched careers-highs for points (14), field goals made (six), three-pointers made (two) and attempted (three) and rebounds (five) vs. Marist (12/29)...swiped a career-high five steals with four rebounds at Mercer (2/7).

Freshman (2004-05): Averaged 6.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13 games...saw action in the first two games before being sidelined for 14 contests due to injury...posted 12 points vs. Lipscomb (1/29)...hauled in career-high seven rebounds vs. Belmont (1/31)...scored a career-high 14 points at Jacksonville (2/10).

Coaches Played Under:

Matt Doherty (214) 768-3501
Rex Walters (415) 786-6522

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