2005 Focus: Derwin Kitchen

Derwin Kitchen has helped his team reach the 20-win mark already. The Jacksonville Raines combo guard is getting 17 points a night and is hearing from a number of schools.

Derwin Kitchen, a 6-3 combo guard and a junior out of Raines High in Jacksonville, Fla., is averaging 17 points and 4 assists this season. His team has already hit the 20-win mark on the season.

It's early to start marrying schools to Kitchen, but he's hearing from Wake Forest, Jacksonville, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Florida State.

"I don't really have a leader right now," Kitchen said. "It don't really matter how far it is. I kind of want to play in the ACC because there's a lot of competition."

Kitchen will wind up signing high-major scholarship papers. He's probably more shooting guard than point, but he'll be able to work in some at the latter spot. Kitchen is really good at just scoring. He's not extremely explosive but he finds his way into the paint and can finish. He's one of the top prospects in the Sunshine State's Class of 2005.

"My game probably improved more on the defensive end. I was real bad on defense but I improved. I just worked and practiced hard. In order for me to guard one of the best offensive players, I knew I had to play some good defense.

"I need to work on my ball-handling in order for me to play the point. My shooting is alright but I think I can play both in college."

Kitchen was a standout last December at the City of Palms. He's a big conference recruit in his class and a young man we'll follow diligently through the spring and summer. He's already made an unofficial visit to Florida State.


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