2005 Focus: Derwin Kitchen

Derwin Kitchen may not be a household name on the recruiting trail - yet. The Florida junior guard, who played with the Jacksonville Lee Bulls, is getting some big-time looks.

The Sunshine State always produces its fair share of talent and next year will be no different. Only one player, Keith Brumbaugh, makes the early Top 25 List at No. 3 overall – but Derwin Kitchen is another guy that high-majors will certainly keep an eye on.

The 6-3, 170-pound Jacksonville Raines (Fla.) junior can light it up from the outside or drive to the basket, but isn't the type of guy who forces the action. Despite an unselfish game, Kitchen averaged 20 points per game as a sophomore while leading Raines to the Class 5A state crown and also stood out this past summer on the Jacksonville Lee Bulls.

``He has the ability to dominate a game without taking a shot," Lee Bulls head man David Jones said. "He doesn't have to shoot it because he does so many other things – he rebounds, passes and controls the offense."

Kitchen, 17, watched as Florida State, Florida, Wake Forest, Georgia and Florida A&M all sent coaches to take a look last month. So, far Wake and Florida appear to be the co-favorites.

``I like Wake because it's in the ACC and they've got a good little program," added Kitchen, who still needs to get stronger and work on his handle. "I don't really know much about Florida to be honest. I also like Georgia – they've got a pretty good program."

Virginia Tech is another school trying to get in the mix, according to Jones.


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