Kitchen Lists Five; Favors Two

Deacon basketball prospect Derwin Kitchen was in North Carolina this past weekend playing in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. DeaconSports spoke with the guard prospect after his first game, a Friday night victory for his Jacksonville Lee Bulls.

While Derwin Kitchen was sick with a stomach virus and did not have his best game on Friday, he did play hard and was the floor leader for his squad. "[It was] terrible," he said. "I probably felt about 40%."

In obvious pain, Kitchen toughed out his illness, however, and played well enough to lead the Bulls in scoring with 19 points and also to lead the Bulls to victory. "I played alright as an individual, but as a team we've got to come ready to play," Kitchen said following the game. "We come out sloppy like this, we're gonna get ran out of the gym. We've got to be ready to play."

The next morning, the Bulls did come out ready to play, winning their second game of the tournament in convincing fashion. Kitchen led the Bulls again, this time with 26 points including 17-18 free-throws.

With performances like this, it is no wonder that Kitchen is currently hearing from Wake Forest, Florida, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, and Miami.

While Kitchen does not have one favorite, he does have a top two at this point. "I've got two lead schools, but no favorite though," Kitchen said. "Wake Forest and Florida. Those are the top ones."

Demon Deacon head coach Skip Prosser visited Kitchen's High School, Raines High School, just a month ago. "He was just talking about academics and how though they're a good basketball team, but they're also good with academics," Kitchen said.

Kitchen currently has no plan as to when he would like to have his college decision out of the way. However, he does hope to visit schools soon.

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