[Mississippi HS Update] Little did I know I had a definite division-I basketball talent almost in my own back yard. As most of you know by now, Mary Ann and I have been living in Caledonia, Mississippi for the past eight years. Recently, I had begun hearing about Derrick Westbrook, a 10th grade basketball player at Caledonia (MS) High School. "> [Mississippi HS Update] Little did I know I had a definite division-I basketball talent almost in my own back yard. As most of you know by now, Mary Ann and I have been living in Caledonia, Mississippi for the past eight years. Recently, I had begun hearing about Derrick Westbrook, a 10th grade basketball player at Caledonia (MS) High School. ">

CALEDONIA HIGH SCHOOL'S DERRICK WESTBROOK

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/basketball/2002/dwestbrook.jpg" align="left" width="123" height="165"> [Mississippi HS Update] Little did I know I had a definite division-I basketball talent almost in my own back yard. As most of you know by now, Mary Ann and I have been living in Caledonia, Mississippi for the past eight years. Recently, I had begun hearing about Derrick Westbrook, a 10th grade basketball player at Caledonia (MS) High School.

I finally took the time to go and watch him play this past Friday night. Suffice it to say I was very impressed.

Derrick, who is in the 6-1 to 6-2 range, weighs 155 pounds and is left-handed, showed excellent quickness, good passing skills, very good athletic ability, great one-on-one scoring ability and a keen awareness of where his teammates were while on the court.

During the first quarter, I had him listed with 6 assists. He ended up with 7 or 8 on the night. He also scored 24 points, mostly on one-on-one drives.

While Derrick, a point guard, showed definite D-I potential, he did not attempt a dunk or an outside shot during the game. After the game, I talked to his coach, Josh Scott, and Derrick. Both said he can shoot from the outside, he just didn't need to during the game.

By the way, the Caledonia team is a very good team that is very well coached. And they are definitely not a one-man team. Another player to watch is Dezmond Sherrod, a 6-4, 210-pounder who is the muscle to Derrick's finesse. Before sitting out the entire second half with a minor injury, he scored either 6 or 7 points.

I plan on going back to watch Caldeonia play tonight when they host South Pontotoc. If you decide to go watch them, Derrick's number is 3 and Dezmond's is 30.


I got to the game a little early and watched most of the girls' game between Caledonia and Maben. After a few minutes, one of the girls on the Maben team really started catching my eye. Her name is Kandra Bell.

Kandra, who is in the 9th grade, is a 5-5 point guard. A starter since the 7th grade, she showed very good leadership skills, excellent quickness, good passing skills, very aware of what is going on on the court, dribbles well with either hand, and can shoot pretty good from the outside.

She is definitely a player to watch for the future.


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