Grubb Picks Pepperdine

Derick Grubb, a 6-10 big man from Colleyville (TX) Heritage recently made a commitment. He's headed west where he'll lace them up for Paul Westphal at Pepperdine. Grubb played this summer for the North Texas Rice Owls.

Grubb Heads West

Pepperdine received a big man commitment in the form of C Derick Grubb. The 6-10, 250 pounder selected Pepperdine after receiving offers from Lamar and UT-Arlington. He was also interested in Denver, UNC-Wilmington, Arkansas State, Tulsa, Virginia Tech, Elon, San Diego, Santa Barbara, St. Louis and a few others.

"[Pepperdine] saw me play in Denton, called me in Vegas and offered me a scholarship," Grubb said. "I really liked the coaches and thought I fit in pretty good."

Paul Westphal's staff moved quickly on Grubb and worked him this summer. "They came to every one of my games and had me call them and talk to them. When I talked to them it just seemed right."

Grubb is excited about working with the coaching staff. "[Westphal's] approach intrigues me. It's more drilling and things like that." He's also looking forward to working with former Redondo Union High coach Jim Nielsen who will handle the big men at Pepperdine.

"They said I'd probably come in my freshman year and end up playing a considerable amount of time. Right now [the best part of my game] is my size. I'm somewhat athletic for a big guy." Last year at Heritage, he averaged 12 points and 9 rebounds and looked good at the May Spiece Run and Slam event.

Up Close With Derick Grubb

AAU Team: North Texas Rice Owls.

Toughest Summer Matchup: Sagana Diop in 2000.

Favorite Summer Moment: Probably when I committed.

Would Like To Play Against: Michigan State. I'm from Michigan and always followed the Michigan teams.

Intended College Major: Could be business but may enter undeclared.

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