Derrick Phelps

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 Washington State.

Derrick Phelps
Washington State Cougars
PositionAssociate head coach
LeaguePac-12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1972-07-31) July 31, 1972 (age 47)
Queens, New York
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolChrist the King (Queens, New York)
CollegeNorth Carolina (1990–1994)
NBA draft1994 / Undrafted
Playing career1994–2010
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2011–present
Career history
As player:
1994–1995Chicago Rockers
1995Sacramento Kings
1995–1996Chicago Rockers
1996–1997Brose Baskets
1997–1998La Crosse Bobcats
1998Rockford Lightning
1998–2000Telekom Bonn
2000–2002Alba Berlin
2002–2003Limoges CSP
2003–2004EnBW Ludwigsburg
2004Śląsk Wrocław
2005–2006Brose Baskets
2006–2007Spartak Primorye
2009–2010Gaz Metan Mediaş
As coach:
2011–2014Monmouth (assistant)
2014–2016Columbia (assistant)
2016–2019San Francisco (associate HC)
2019–presentWashington State (associate HC)
Career highlights and awards

High schoolEdit

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.

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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).

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

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.

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

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

Coaching careerEdit

In October 2010, Phelps was named the video coordinator for Fordham University's men's basketball team.[2] 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 served for three seasons as the associate head coach at San Francisco, before following Kyle Smith to Washington State after the 2018-19 season.[3]


  1. ^ Derrick Phelps. Eurobasket.
  2. ^ Derrick Phelps Named Men’s Basketball Video Coordinator at Fordham University
  3. ^ "Tracking the moving pieces of Kyle Smith's first WSU hoops team". 247 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-04-09.

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