Derrick Phelps

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Derrick Phelps
Personal information
Born (1972-07-31) July 31, 1972 (age 44)
Queens, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Christ the King (Queens, New York)
College North Carolina (1990–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Undrafted
Playing career 1994–2010
Position Point guard
Career history
As player:
1994–1995 Chicago Rockers
1995 Sacramento Kings
1995–1996 Chicago Rockers
1996–1997 Brose Baskets
1997–1998 La Crosse Bobcats
1998 Rockford Lightning
1998–2000 Telekom Bonn
2000–2002 Alba Berlin
2002–2003 Limoges CSP
2003–2004 EnBW Ludwigsburg
2004 Śląsk Wrocław
2004–2005 EiffelTowers
2005–2006 Brose Baskets
2006–2007 Spartak Primorye
2009–2010 Gaz Metan Mediaş
As coach:
2011–2014 Monmouth Hawks (asst.)
2014–2016 Columbia Lions (asst.)
2016–present San Francisco (assoc. HC)
Career highlights and awards

Derrick Michael Phelps (born July 31, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player. At 6'4" and 181 lbs., he played as a point guard. He is currently associate head coach for the University of San Francisco.


Phelps attended Christ The King Regional High School in Middle Village, Queens, New York. He was named to the 1990 McDonald's All-American Team. After, he played in the McDonald's All-American game with future UNC teammates Eric Montross, Brian Reese and Clifford Rozier.

He then rose to prominence while playing college basketball for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. He was named as an All-Atlantic Coast Conference Honorable Mention in 1993, and was named to the 2nd Team in 1994. Phelps was a member of North Carolina's 1993 NCAA National Championship team, as the Tar Heels defeated Michigan 77-71 in the title game. Graduating in 1994, Phelps left college holding two Tar Heel records: most steals in one game (9) and in a career (247). He was also the only player in ACC history with 600 assists, 400 rebounds, and 200 steals.

Phelps was not drafted by an NBA team. He was the sixth overall pick of the 1994 Continental Basketball Association draft by the Chicago Rockers. He did play in three games for the Sacramento Kings in the 1994-95 season. The Vancouver Grizzlies selected him in the 1995 expansion draft, but he did not play for them before they renounced his NBA rights in 1996. He also spent some time during pre-season (but not in any regular season contests) with the Milwaukee Bucks (1994) and Philadelphia 76ers (1997).

In 1996, Phelps signed with the German team TTL uniVersa Bamberg before playing for the CBA's Rockford Lightning.

From 2000–02, he played for ALBA Berlin with former UNC teammate Henrik Rödl (having already played in Telekom Baskets Bonn in 1998–2000). He then played in France for CSP Limoges, returned to Germany, and had a brief stint in 2004 with Śląsk Wrocław in the Polish League.

Phelps has also played in the Netherlands, in Germany with GHP Bamberg, and in the Russian League for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.

In the 2009-10 season, he played for Gaz Metan Medias in the Romanian League.[1]

In October 2010, he was named video coordinator for Fordham University's men's basketball team.[2] In 2011, he joined the Monmouth University staff as an assistance coach. Prior to the start of the 2014 season, he accepted a position as an assistant coach at Columbia University. He is currently the associate head coach at San Francisco.


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