Derrick D. Coleman is a retired professional basketball player who was born in Mobile Alabama but grew up and attended high school in Detroit Michigan. Derrick was a Detroit PSL standout at Northern  High School. As a high school All-American Derrick accepted a full athletic scholarship to  Syracuse University.  As a freshman, Derrick helped lead the Syracuse Orangemen to the NCAA Final Four &  National Championship game where the Orange lost to Indiana.

Derrick had a star studded career at Syracuse and earned All-America honors. He was selected first overall in the 1990 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. He had a solid rookie season and went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1991. He played for the US national team (Dream Team 2) in the 1994 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal.

Throughout his career, the left-handed Coleman was an effective low post scorer, averaging 16.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. He enjoyed his best seasons as a member of the New Jersey Nets where he averaged 19.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. When Coleman entered the NBA, he was compared to elite power forwards such as Karl Malone and Charles Barkley only with the added ability to shoot from three-point range.

Now after basketball he is the President of the NBA Alumni Michigan Chapter and is committed to promoting Detroit youth basketball.  As an ambassador of the sport he is dedicated to mentoring and teaching young players that education is the key and basketball is just a small part of life.


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