Interest is there

Class of 2010 prospect Matt Derenbecker put up some big numbers during his sophomore season at Ponchatoula and several college coaches have taken notice. Now those coaches will have to travel to Metairie to watch the 6-6, 185-pound guard play but the trip will be well worth their time.

Derenbecker was a Class 5A Second Team All-State selection as a sophomore as he averaged 23.7 points and 11 rebounds a game after going for 19 points and 10 boards during his freshman season.


The prolific scorer decided to transfer to Country Day in Metairie where he will team up with one of the state’s top prospects for 2009 in Eddie Ludwig so his numbers may go down a little during his junior campaign but he already has plenty of interest from college coaches.


“I’ve heard from LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Baylor, and Tulane,” said Derenbecker who was driving to the airport to fly home after spending a few days at a team camp at the University of Virginia.


Working on his overall game is Derenbecker’s primary focus this summer along with fine tuning the skills sets that give him an advantage over his opponents.


“I think the fact that I’m left-handed and that I’m a 6-6 guard helps me out a lot,” said Derenbecker. “A lot of times opponents have to put their big men on me and I can take them outside. My outside shot and ability to slash to the goal puts some of the bigger guys that are not as quick-footed at a disadvantage.”


Derenbecker received a few calls on June 15 when college coaches could make contact with 2010 recruits and one of those calls took him by surprise.


“Coach (Trent) Johnson called in the morning on Father’s Day but I was asleep,” Derenbecker said. “When I heard his voice on the voicemail and then his name I was real excited. It was unexpected because I knew it was the first day they could call but I had no idea Trent Johnson would call. It was real flattering.”


Like many kids growing up in Louisiana, Derenbecker has seen the LSU basketball program experience some good times along with its bad times.


Now that Johnson has taken over for John Brady there is excitement and optimism surrounding the basketball program and Derenbecker is one that would agree with that.


“I’m excited about the future because I know what coach Johnson did at Stanford with getting the team ranked in the Top 10 and then having a great season there,” said Derenbecker. “Coach G (Donnie Guerinoni) says they are going to recruit more guys in-state and I’m excited that they are actually recruiting guys from around this area. I feel like the past couple of years there were some guys that were either overlooked or that they just didn’t offer.


“The past couple of years they’ve had some talent but not like in the past,” he added. “I know coach Johnson is a real high-profile type of coach and everyone is going to see what he did at Stanford and Nevada . There is a lot of talent in Louisiana and for them to recruit here first is going to help out a lot. I’m just excited to know that LSU is recruiting me.”

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