Derrell Robertson, A Blocking Machine

Class of 2011 Derrell Robertson, who plays his high school ball at Mendenhall High School and his AAU ball with MBA Hoops, used his 40-inch vertical leap and exceptional athletic ability to set a Pearland Texas Classic block shot record this past weekend.

In what turned out to be an understatement, AAU MBA Hoops basketball coach Omhar Carter told me a couple of weeks ago, "(Derrell) blocks shots and finishes high."

He sure does, thanks to that 40-inch vertical leap on his 6-10, 235-pound frame. And he did it to the tune of 26 block shots (a Pearland Classic record) to go along with his 15 rebounds in a game during the classic this past weekend (April 23-25).

And while D-I coaches weren't able to attend the classic due to NCAA rules, the word is definitely getting out about this gifted athlete.

"As the season has gone on, he has gotten better and better and has become one of the best big men in the southeast and even the nation," said Carter.

Already receiving attention from the likes of Marquette, UAB, Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss, Robertson, according to Carter, has started, "receiving inquiries from Providence, North Carolina State, Duke and other colleges."

And don't be surprised to see more colleges jump in the fray for this very talented youngster as he continues his play in the AAU circuit.

Oh yeah, not only is he an exceptional athlete but he's doing a slam dunk in the classroom as well with an A average and a 19 on his ACT. Not bad for a kid who is just now completing his junior year of high school.

Keep it on for the latest Derrell Robertson news.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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