Byars in December 2011 as a member of the Miami Heat.
|Small forward / Shooting guard|
April 25, 1984 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Ridgeway (Memphis, Tennessee)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Pro playing career||2007–present|
|2007–2008||Köln 99ers (Germany)|
|2008||Chorale Roanne (France)|
|2008–2009||Bakersfield Jam (D-League)|
|2009–2010||Alba Berlin (Germany)|
|2010||Panellinios Basket (Greece)|
|2011||Bakersfield Jam (D-League)|
|2011||Cholet Basket (France)|
|2012||Bakersfield Jam (D-League)|
|2012||San Antonio Spurs|
|2012–2013||Alba Berlin (Germany)|
|2013||Caciques de Humacao (Puerto Rico)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Derrick JaVaughn Byars (born April 25, 1984) is an American professional basketball player. Collegiately, he played for Virginia, and later for Vanderbilt. He was drafted 42nd overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.
- 1 High school career
- 2 Collegiate career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Awards and accomplishments
- 5 Notes
- 6 External links
High school career
As a sophomore (1999–2000), Byars was an honorable-mention All-State selection and led the Roadrunners to the Class AA State Championship. He averaged 16.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
As a junior, he again earned honorable mention All-State honors and was named Ridgeway's Most Valuable Player. He averaged 20.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5 assists.
As a senior (2001–02), he averaged 23.2 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists and led Ridgeway to its second TSSAA Class AA State Championship in three years. He was a fourth-team Parade All-America selection, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee, the TSSAA Class AA Tournament Most Valuable Player and first-team All-State.
Byars played for two seasons under then-head coach Pete Gillen at Virginia. He started 16 of Virginia's 31 games his freshman season (2002–03) and averaged 6.5 points per game. In his sophomore season (2003–04), he started 18 of Virginia's 31 games and averaged 7.5 points per game.
After falling out with Gillen, Byars decided to transfer from Virginia. Vanderbilt emerged as a leading candidate due to Byars' friendships with players on the team and the Commodores' recent run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, but the Commodores had no scholarship positions available. Days before Byars was due to announce his transfer to Mississippi, Vanderbilt reserve guard Adam Payton decided to transfer to William & Mary, freeing up a scholarship for Byars.
He sat out the 2004–05 season as mandated by NCAA rules.
In his junior season (2005–06), Byars started all 30 games and finished second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. He led the team with 3.2 assists per game. He was named SEC Player of the Week (28 November-4 December) after scoring 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting against Oregon on November 30, 2005. A week later, he scored a season-high 25 points (including five 3-pointers) against Cincinnati on December 10, 2005.
In his senior season (2006–07), Byars was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by the league's coaches, who also unanimously selected him to their All-SEC first team. He led Vanderbilt to a 22–12 record (SEC East: 10–6, 2nd) and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He led the Commodores in scoring with 17.0 points per game and was ranked among the SEC's top 10 in four other statistical categories. During SEC play, Byars averaged 19.1 points per game, second-best in the SEC. He scored 20 points or more eight different times, including a career-high 32 points against South Carolina on February 14, 2007. He followed that performance with 24 points in Vanderbilt's 83–70 victory over then-No. 1 Florida, which earned him SEC player of the week honors for the second time that season.
Byars graduated from Vanderbilt on May 11, 2007 with a degree in sociology.
Byars was chosen 42nd overall in the 2007 NBA Draft in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers. His rights were then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He was waived by the 76ers on October 22, 2007. He was on the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic rosters for the 2008 Summer League. Byars return to the NBA Summer League was successful, as he led the Magic in scoring in their first game against the New Jersey Nets with 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting .
In December 2007, Byars played in eight games for the Köln 99ers, a Basketball Bundesliga team based in Cologne, Germany, having arrived at the end of October with a foot injury that had to be cured first. He averaged 6.3 points and 18 minutes per game in four games in the ULEB Cup and 3.5 points in another 4 games in the Bundesliga. He was cut from the team again on December 21, 2007.
On November 2, 2009, Byars was introduced as the new small forward for ALBA Berlin.
His club finished fourth in the 2007/08 regular season, and lost in the 2008 LNB final against Nancy after beating regular season winner Le Mans in the semi-final. Byars averaged 8 points and 3 rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time.
NBA Development League
Derrick Byars later played in the NBA Developmental League for the Bakersfield Jam. He was named to the 2009 NBA D-League All-Star Game. He returned to the team briefly in 2011.
Return to France
In August 2011 he signed a one-year contract with Cholet Basket in France. However, he left the club in November, having played only two games, one in Pro A and one in the Euroleague qualifying round.
Return to the NBA
On December 10, 2011, Byars signed with the Miami Heat. He was however waived before the start of the season. He was then signed by the San Antonio Spurs on April 25, 2012. On August 21, 2012, he was waived by the Spurs.
Return to Germany
In November 2012, Byars re-signed with Alba Berlin.
Awards and accomplishments
- "Derrick Byars Profile (Virginia)". CSTV.com. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- Moss, J.D. (2002-11-12). "Derrick Byars Inside Out". Cavalier Daily. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- "Derrick Byars Profile (Vanderbilt)". CSTV.com. Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- Byars comes from UVa as transfer - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
- Jenkins, Lee (2007-03-19). "Commodores' Success Is Built on Two Players Who Never Met". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
- "Coaches say Byars SEC's best". Tennessean.com. Retrieved 2007-03-08.[dead link]
- "Byars may go late in first round". Tennessean.com. Retrieved 2007-05-14.[dead link]
- "Thunder Notebook". Tulsa World. 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2008-09-30.
- "Bulls' starting 5?". Chicago Breaking Sports News. 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2008-10-28.
- http://www.ridiculousupside.com/2010/6/28/1540775/nba-summer-league-rosters-vegas NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas
- "Derrick Byars – Köln 99ers Game Log". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Köln 99ers trennen sich von Derrick Byars (Köln 99ers are separating from Derrick Byars)" (in German). Köln 99ers Official Homepage. Archived from the original on 2007-12-31. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
- "Chorale Roanne Basket Current Roster". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
- "Derrick Byars est choralien (Derrick Byars is a Choralien)" (in French). Chorale Roanne Official Homepage. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
- Ligue Nationale de Basket
- PANELLINIOS signs Derrick Byars.
- Cholet Basket signs Byars
- (French) "Derrick Byars quitte Cholet". cholet-basket.com. November 12, 2011.
- HEAT Signs Derrick Byars
- Spurs Sign Derrick Byars
- Spurs Waive Derrick Byars
- Alba Berlin brings back Byars
- Grizzlies Sign Byars, Ely, Gaffney
- Memphis Grizzlies waive Josh Akognon and Derrick Byars