Derrick Byars 4
Derrick  Byars

Memphis, TN

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 230





Black beats Gold, 77-76, in inaugural Alumni Game

Veterans from 1990-2006 win a closely contested game in front of close to 5,000 fans.


Vanderbilt 83, #1 Florida 70 (AP photos)

Commodores knock off the defending NCAA champs, snapping the nation's longest winning streak at 17.

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Derrick Byars
2006-07 Stats >
PPG: 17.0
RPG: 4.9
ASST: 116

2003-04 (UVA)
2002-03 (UVA)

2006-2007 (Senior):
Named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by the league's coaches ... 2007 Unanimous First Team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches ... 2007 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American ... Named First Team All-SEC by the Associated Press ... Named All-District 7 as a senior by the National Association of Basketball Coaches ... Chosen All-District 4 as a senior by the United States Basketball Writer's Association ... Ranked second in the SEC averaging 19.1 points during league play ... Ranked among the SEC leaders in nine statistical categories for the season - more than any other player in the league ... Led Vanderbilt in scoring 17 times during the season, including 14 of the last 20 games ... Led the Commodores in scoring in seven of its 10 games against ranked opponents, averaging 20.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from 3-point range ... Tallied 19 of his game high 27 points after halftime in Vanderbilt's 78-74 double-overtime win against Washington State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... Twice named SEC Player of the Week ... Netted 24 points in Vanderbilt's 83-70 over No. 1 Florida in Nashville ... Accounted for 25 points in Vanderbilt's 82-81 victory against then-No. 16 Tennessee ... Poured in a career-high 32 points against South Carolina in Nashville ... Started all 34 games played for the Commodores, averaging 17.0 point s in 31.4 minutes.

2006 Summer:
Averaged 22.6 points and 12.7 rebounds in five games during a mission trip to Brazil as part of Sports Reach ministries. The team consisted of six other players from the SEC.

2005-06 (Junior):
Started all 30 games for the Commodores, averaging 31.5 minutes ... Ranked second in the SEC in 3-point shooting percentage (.441), making 63 of 143 attempts ... Ranked seventh in the league, averaging 2.10 3-pointers per contest ... Finished second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game ... Led the Commodores in assists with 3.2 per game ... Shot 62.5 percent from 3-point range (10-of-16) and 56.5 percent from the field (12-of-23) while averaging 19.0 points in two games at the SEC Tournament ... Named SEC Player of the Week (Nov. 28-Dec. 4) after netting a season-high 25 points with five 3-pointers against Cincinnati (12/10) and 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting against Oregon (11/30) ... Handed out a season-best eight assists at Ole Miss (3/1) ... Scored in double figures in 20 games ... Led the Commodores in steals 12 times, assists eight times and scoring seven times.

2003-04 (Sophomore at Virginia):
Started 18 of 31 games played, averaging 20.9 minutes ... Averaged 7.5 points and 3.4 rebounds ... Scored in double figures 11 times ... Scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including a trio of 3-pointers at Loyola Marymount (12/19) ... Recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Coastal Carolina (12/22) ... Netted 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe against Iowa State ... Scored 18 points at No. 19 Wake Forest (1/31).

2002-03 (Freshman at Virginia):
Started 16 of 31 games played, averaging 20.9 minutes ... Averaged 6.5 points and 2.9 rebounds ... Scored a season-high 20 points and swiped five steals coming off the bench in a 72-65 win over Gardner-Webb (12/19) ... Netted 16 points as a reserve in an 84-76 victory over East Tennessee State (12/17) ... Scored 15 points and was 4-of-6 from 3-point range in the win over Florida State (1/29) ... Tallied 10 points in victory over Kentucky (11/26) at the Maui Invitational Tournament ... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in the win over Chaminade (11/25) in Maui ... Started the first five games of the season ... Made two free throws with 1:56 left to play to provide the final margin of victory in a 61-58 home victory over N.C. State (2/9) ... Shot 42.4 percent (14-of-33) from 3-point range in the last 14 games in which he played ... Scored in double figures 10 times.

Ridgeway High School:
Named fourth-team Parade All-America and Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee as a senior, averaging 23.2 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in 2002 ... Earned First Team All-State honors and was a Tennessee Mr. Basketball finalist as a senior ... Chosen the District 15-AA regular season Player of the Year, Tournament Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Player in the Region 8-AA Tournament and was the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Class AA State Tournament Most Valuable Player ... Helped lead Ridgeway to the District 15-AA Tournament championship, the Region 8-AA Tournament title, the West Tennessee Substate title and the TSSAA Class AA State Championship in 2002 ... Named the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Class AA Best of Preps Player of the Year ... Shot 37 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent from the free throw line ... Earned honorable mention All-State honors and was named to the Region 8-AA All-Tournament Team, the District 15-AA Tournament's Most Valuable Player and a First Team All-District selection during the regular season ... Three-year letterman and starter for head coach Wesley Henning.

Derrick JaVaughn Byars ... Born April 25, 1984 in Memphis, Tenn. ... Son of Barbara and David Byars ... Has fours siblings, including brothers David Byars (33), Darryle Byars (35) and sisters Desiree Anderson (34), Bridget Byars (20) ... Majoring in sociology ... Nickname is "Dee Bee" ... Advice to youngsters: "Always do what your parents or guardian says; set goals in life; and don't let anything stand in the way of what God has in store for you" ... Chose Vanderbilt over Mississippi State, Tennessee and Ole Miss.

Byars Career Highs at Vanderbilt:

Points: 25, vs. Cincinnati (12/10/05);

FG Made: 9, vs. Cincinnati (12/10/05);

FG Atts: 15, at Notre Dame (3/15/06);

3FG Made: 5, 3x, last vs. LSU (3/10/06);

3FG Atts: 9, vs. LSU (2/22/06);

FT Made: 5, vs. Georgia (2/4/06);

FT Atts: 8, vs. Oregon (11/30/05);

Rebounds: 7, 3x, last at Tennessee (2/1/06);

Assists: 8, at Ole Miss (3/1/06);

Turnovers: 5, 3x, last vs. Tennessee (3/4/06);

Blocks: 1, 6x, last vs. Miss. State (1/21/06);

Steals: 3, 2x, last vs. UNCG (11/22/05);

Minutes: 39, vs. Auburn (3/9/06).

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