What's that cooking in the Kitchen?

Derwin Kitchen has had a long path on his way to Tallahassee. The sophomore guard committed to Florida out of Raines High school in 2005 but never played a game for the Gators. Kitchen was forced to go to prep school and then attended Iowa Western CC. He then committed to FSU during the summer of 2008. Early Friday afternoon, Kitchen received word that he has been cleared to play.

While playing for Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fl, Derwin Kitchen led the Vikings to back-to-back state championships in 2003 and 2004. In 2003, Kitchen's sophomore season, he played hero as he won the state championship game as he nailed a 25 foot three point shot with 1.3 seconds left giving the Vikings the victory over Boynton Beach High School by the score of 50-47.

In 2005, Kitchen's senior season, he was named runner-up for the Mr. Basketball award in the state of Florida behind Keith Brumbaugh, Scout.com's third rated player in the nation regardless of position. Kitchen averaged 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game as a senior and made first team All-State. Kitchen finished his high school career as the all-time leader in points, steals and assists at Raines.

After a short stay in Gainesville where Kitchen did not play, he found his way to Iowa Western Community College. While at IWCC, Kitchen averaged 14.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Kitchen shot 53% from the field and 81% from the charity stripe. Kitchen started all 32 of the games he played at IWCC and let his team in minutes played.

While at IWCC, Kitchen earned Junior College All-America First-Team honors.

"Derwin has a really good feel for the game. His decision-making is excellent. He's got another gear when he gets the ball in his hands and he can really push it up the court," Iowa Western Community College Coach Jim Morris told FSU SID.

After being granted release from UF, Kitchen enrolled at St. Johns, where he never played before attending IWCC. Kitchen signed with Florida State prior to the 2008-09 season. Kitchen chose Florida State over National Champion Kansas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Miami and UNLV. Kitchen has not played in a game this season due to a hold-up by the NCAA.

Friday afternoon, Kitchen finished his first academic semester at Florida State and with that, received great news. The NCAA announced that Kitchen has been cleared to play and is expected to travel to Atlanta Saturday with his teammates, as Florida State will take on Georgia State University.

Standing at 6' 4" and weighing 180 pounds, Kitchen is a combo guard who will be used mostly as a point guard at Florida State. He is a complete player who can do it all. Kitchen handles the ball well, finds his teammates, and can score when needed. Kitchen also has a nice shot with range that has shown to extend well beyond the three point line.

The addition to Kitchen will allow Florida State's leading scorer, Toney Douglas to spend more time at the shooting guard position, where he feels more natural. Kitchen will have three games to get his feet wet and play at the Division 1 level before third ranked Pittsburgh heads to Tallahassee to take on the Seminoles on December 21st.

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