Derek Needham (born October 20, 1990) is an American-Montenegrin professional basketball player for Mornar Bar of the ABA League and the Montenegrin League. Standing at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), he plays the point guard position. Needham played college basketball for Fairfield University where he was named to the CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-America team in 2010 and was All-MAAC for four straight years between 2010 and 2013. Since 2017, Needham represents the senior Montenegrin national basketball team in international competitions.
|Born||October 20, 1990|
|Nationality||American / Montenegrin|
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||181 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||De La Salle Institute|
|NBA draft||2013 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Needham is a native of Dolton, Illinois and attended the De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Illinois. During his senior season in 2009, Needham helped the Meteors basketball team reach the Class 4A sectional final while earning All-Chicago Catholic League and All-State second team honors. Needham also received the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and was named to the Chicago Catholic League All-Academic team.
Needham played college basketball for Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut from 2010 to 2013. During his freshman season with the Fairfield Stags, Needham earned MAAC Rookie of the Year after receiving a then league record 10 Rookie of the Week awards and setting Fairfield freshman records with 543 points and 172 assists. He was also named to the CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-America team. Needham is third on the all-time scoring list at Fairfield, with 1,875 points and 535 assists. He set a new record for three-pointers in a season, with 74 in his senior year. He earned All-MAAC honors during all four seasons, and earned spots on the NABC Division I All-District 1, All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) and All-Jesuit teams.
During the 2015-2016 season, Needham first played for Basketball Löwen Braunschweig in the Basketball Bundesliga and then joined Pallacanestro Reggiana in the Lega Basket Serie A. He helped lead Pallacanestro Reggiana to the Lega Basket Serie A championship game where he competed against his former Fairfield Stags teammate Rakim Sanders of Olimpia Milano.
Following the 2017-2018 season, EuroBasket.com named Needham to its FIBA All-Imports team after finishing 5th in scoring (17.2 ppg) and leading Mornar to the quarterfinals of 2017–18 FIBA Europe Cup Play-offs.
Needham is a citizen of Montenegro and is a member of the Montenegro national basketball team since the 2017 European Basketball Championship. He was part of the Montenegro team that qualified for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
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- Derek Needham inks with KK Mornar Bar
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