"Derek is tough as nails," Yoshikawa said. "He is athletic, a great, great rebounder and an excellent defender. He is not a stiff at all."
Quinet, who will have three years of eligibility for the Titans, originally signed with Idaho State out of high school. After tearing his ACL at ISU in an exhibition game, he decided to head back home to reconsider his options and then enrolled at West Valley College to continue his education.
Yoshikawa says Quinet is more of a center but can play either the 4 or the 5, "He's just someone who does all the intangibles. An excellent pickup for Cal State Fullerton."
Quinet is a good student and will need to earn his AA degree before he can enroll at CSF and he is on track to do so.
Quinet first gained national recognition in the summer of 2001, while playing for the prominent Bay Area Ballers AAU program. Quinet, who did not play during his junior year of high school, caught the eyes of several college coaches, while playing for the Bay Area team.
After signing with ISU, head coach Doug Oliver had this to say, "We are ecstatic about this signing. Derek is a big, strong, young player who I believe has a chance to develop into one of the best post players in our league. He is a solid athlete who competes and rebounds. He is yet another piece to our young nucleus."