Monday, May 23, 2016

Kentucky Wesleyan Adds Bellarmine Transfer Josh Derksen

Kentucky Wesleyan College has signed Bellarmine University transfer Josh Derksen for the 2016-17 season. 

Here is a release from KWC:

Bellarmine forward Josh Derksen, will transfer to eight-time NCAA Division II Champion Kentucky Wesleyan College for his senior season in 2016-17, according to Panther head coach Happy Osborne.
Derksen, a 6-foot-9, 215-pounder from Toowoomba, Australia (Centenary Heights State HS), averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 13.8 minutes in 22 games with two starts as a junior for head coach Scott Davenport. He shot 48.0 percent from the field, 35.3 from three-point range with 12 three pointers and 76.1 percent from the foul line. His season-bests were 15 points and five rebounds three times.
"We are excited to have Josh's versatility in the paint and on the wings but more than anything is his wealth of NCAA experience," stated Osborne. "He's an excellent passer, very good off the dribble getting to the basket and can knock down the three. Josh has been well-schooled in the fundamentals and the game by one of the top coaches in NCAA Division II, Scott Davenport."

As a sophomore, Derksen finished as the third leading scorer with 11.6 points per contest and collected a second-best 25 blocks in starting all 33 games played. He also had 2.9 rebounds, 32 assists and 12 steals while averaging 24.1 minutes a game, His shooting accuracy was 42.9 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from trey including 39 three-pointers and 79.5 percent from the charity stripe. Derksen produced career-highs of 22 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

His freshman year numbers were 9.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 16.5 minutes in competing in all 31 contests with one start. Derksen shot 48.2 percent from the field, 37.7 beyond the arc with 26 treys and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. He posted 28 assists, 18 blocks and seven steals. His season-highs were 16 points twice and six rebounds.
Derksen in his career in a Knight uniform played in three NCAA tournaments including the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship game.
In Australia, he was a scholarship recipient at the prestigious Australia Institute of Sport. Derksen played for Team Australia that participated in the FIBA U17 World Championship, where they lost in the finals to Team USA.
Derksen marks the third Australian to play for Kentucky Wesleyan.
He is the son of Michael and Chree Derksen of Toowoomba, Australia.

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