July 31, 1972 |
Queens, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||181 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Christ the King (Queens, New York)|
|College||North Carolina (1990–1994)|
|NBA draft||1994 / Undrafted|
|1997–1998||La Crosse Bobcats|
|2009–2010||Gaz Metan Mediaş|
|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.
Phelps rose to prominence while playing college basketball for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina, with the Tar Heels. 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, by a score of 77-71, in the title game. Graduating in 1994, Phelps left college holding two Tar Heel records: most steals in one game (9), and most steals in a career (247). He was also the only player in ACC history with 600 assists, 400 rebounds, and 200 steals.
Professional playing career
Phelps was not drafted by an NBA team. He was the sixth overall pick of the 1994 Continental Basketball Association (CBA) draft, by the Chicago Rockers. He did play in three NBA games with the Sacramento Kings in the 1994-95 season. The Vancouver Grizzlies selected him in the 1995 NBA expansion draft, but he did not play for them before they renounced his NBA rights in 1996. He also spent some time during the NBA preseason (but not in any regular season contests) with the Milwaukee Bucks (1994), and Philadelphia 76ers (1997).
From 2000–02, he played with the German club ALBA Berlin, with former UNC teammate Henrik Rödl (having already played with the German club Telekom Baskets Bonn in 1998–2000). He then played in France with CSP Limoges, then returned to Germany, and had a brief stint in 2004, with Śląsk Wrocław in the Polish League.
In October 2010, Phelps was named the video coordinator for Fordham University's men's basketball team. In 2011, he joined the Monmouth University staff as an assistant 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.