Standing at 6-foot-7 and weighing 245 pounds, Fairfax, Virginia's Marcus Derrickson is one of the DMV's most talented in the Class of 2015.
The Team Takeover (AAU) power forward was sought after by a multitude of high major schools during his recruitment period. Extending out as far south as South Florida and Miami and out to the midwest at Indiana University, it was certain that Derrickson would be playing ball at a power program. Throwing a dart on the map of high-major programs to find where exactly he'd fit best and land was left to be determined.
The Virginian decided to commit relatively early in his recruitment period. Two years before he'd have the chance to hit the floor on the Division 1 level, Marcus Derrickson verbally committed to Georgetown on October 26, 2013.
It was hotly contested between the Hoyas and fellow DMV school Maryland as well as the Hoosiers. In the end, John Thompson III reaped the rewards over Mark Turgeon and Tom Crean, giving his program yet another talented player on a long list of individuals to come before him.
Derrickson is a piece that should complement incoming big man Jessie Govan a lot. The tandem stands at 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-10 respectively and each will bring something different to the table at The Hilltop. As dissected in the Govan profile here at Big East Coast Bias, via CBS Sports, here's what Govan brings to the table:
In terms of pure back-to-the-basket scoring ability, there aren't too many better than Govan in the class of 2015. He gets good position near the rim, and knows how to score once he gets the ball. Govan has decent touch on his jump hook, although developing a consistent face-up game could help in Georgetown's offense. He's cementing his standing as one of the best low-post players in the class on the EYBL circuit, putting up consistent scoring numbers inside the paint. A post scorer will be much needed for Georgetown in the 2015-16 season, and John Thompson III is stockpiling frontcourt weapons in the class of 2015. Isaac Copeland and Paul White are frontcourt prospects entering school this season, although neither play is as effective a back-to-the-basket scorer as Govan.
Govan is the prototypical back-to-the-basket center who brings a strong amount of tenacity when it comes to scoring. Derrickson, on the other hand, brings something else to the table. A simple note from Future150 gives a quick snapshot of his abilities:
Marcus is a versatile big man who can not only control the low block on offense and defense, but can also stretch the defense with a soft touch on the perimeter. He has nimble feet for a big man and has soft hands as well.
And via Future150, his strengths and weaknesses can be profiled with ease:
|Finishing Through Contact
|Low Post Footwork
|Low Post Moves
|Scoring With Either Hand
|Upper Body Strength
What's it all mean?
For starters, the improvements that are necessary for Derrickson to make are a little worrisome as far as low post footwork and moves go. But, there is a caveat on the positive side. His coach, Glen Farello, will explain:
He's a stretch 4 that isn't afraid to mix it up around the basket. He's a tough gritty competitor with range out to 23 feet.
So, good news! Given that Derrickson can play as a stretch 4, his weaknesses down in the low post can likely be veiled while he tries to piece it all together. And there's hardly any better place in the country than Georgetown to have the proper tutelage to improve down in the low post. Big Man U has done nothing but pump out excellent low-post players in the past and with the right coaching, Marcus Derrickson could become even more powerful if he is to add that element to his game.
Onto the positives! Yeah! Feel the power of positivity!
Last year, Georgetown was 71st in the nation in Offensive Rebounding% and 165th in Defensive Rebounding%. Wouldn't you know it -- Derrickson is strong on both sides of the boards! He and Govan, ALSO a great rebounder on both sides of the glass, will be hauling in a lot of basketballs for a few years to come in our Nation's Capital if everything pans out right. Once again: Where else but Big Man U can Marcus Derrickson improve upon these kinds of strengths? It's a glove-like fit.
Derrickson should add some more depth for the Hoyas. While they will likely feel the departures of Mikael Hopkins and Joshua Smith, at the power forward position, the Hoyas are loaded. Both Isaac Copeland and Paul White - rising sophomores who performed splendidly in their first years in D.C. played a lot at the 4.
Derrickson will come in and give the Hoyas an even bigger and better presence at that position. Georgetown was talented already at the position, but the addition of Marcus Derrickson gives them an embarrassment of riches.
Youth will also be the name of the game for the Hoyas. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Bradley Hayes are the lone seniors on this squad and Reggie Cameron is the only other Hoya who will be above the sophomore level -- The Hackensack, New Jersey native is a junior -- so Marcus is joining a crop of skilled players that John Thompson III will have a boatload of fun utilizing in ways that will make them a legitimate threat in the Big East Conference and across the entire nation.
The name of the AAU team he plays for is nothing short of appropriate. Team Takeover's Marcus Derrickson looks to do just that when he hits the floor in D.C. this fall.
And if I were a betting man, I'd say that's exactly what's going to happen.