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Derrick Byars
Derrick Byars

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Memphis, Tenn.

High School:
Ridgeway

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 215

Position:
F/G



WORTH NOTING: Invited to participate in the 2003 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials ... scored a season-high 20 points coming off the bench to help the Cavaliers to a 72-65 win over Gardner-Webb (12/19/02) during the 2002-03 season ... also had a season-high five steals in that game ... had 16 points as a reserve in an 84-76 victory over East Tennessee State (12/17/02) ... made three consecutive three-point field goals in a span of 1:36 midway through the second half to give the Cavaliers the lead for good in that game ... started 16 games during the 2002-03 season, including the first five ... one of the 16 finalists for the 2002 USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying Team ... fourth-team Parade All-America selection and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee as a high school senior.

HONORS: Received the Promising Prospect Award (team award).

AT VIRGINIA: 2002-03-- Averaged 6.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 20.9 minutes of playing time a game ... started 16 of the 31 games he played in ... scored a season-high 20 points coming off the bench in a 72-65 win over Gardner-Webb (12/19/02) ... also had a season-high five steals in that game ... had 16 points as a reserve in an 84-76 victory over East Tennessee State (12/17/02) ... made three consecutive three-point field goals in a span of 1:36 midway through the second half to give the Cavaliers the lead for good in that game ... scored 15 points and was 4-6 from three-point range in the win over Florida State (1/29/03) ... came off the bench to score 11 consecutive points midway through the first half to give UVa the lead for good in that game ... scored 11 points in Virginia's loss to Indiana (11/27/02) and 10 points in the Cavaliers' victory over Kentucky (11/26/02) at the Maui Invitational Tournament ... grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in the win over Chaminade (11/25/02) in Maui ... came off the bench to score 10 points in the win over Georgetown (12/28/02) ... injured his left shoulder against North Carolina (1/11/03) and played just eight minutes in that game ... started the first five games of the season ... played as a reserve in the next five games and scored in double figures three times ... returned to the starting lineup in the victory over Wofford (1/2/03) and scored 17 points ... made two free throws with 1:56 left to play to provide the final margin of victory in a 61-58 home victory over N.C. State (2/9/03) ... scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and had two assists in the loss at North Carolina (2/12/03) ... scored 11 points and had four rebounds in the loss to Duke in the quartefinals of the ACC Tournament (3/14/03) ... was 5-6 from the field and 1-2 from three-point range in that game ... did not play against Brown in the first round of the NIT (3/19/03) because of a sprained ankle ... shot 42.4 percent (14-33) from three-point range in the last 14 games in which he played ... scored in double figures 10 times during the 2002-03 season... lettered.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman and starter for head coach Wesley Henning at Ridgeway High School ... averaged 23.2 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior during the 2001-02 season ... shot 37 percent from three-point range and 77 percent from the free throw line ... fourth-team Parade All-America selection and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee as a senior ... also earned first-team All-State honors and was a Tennessee Mr. Basketball finalist ... was the District 15-AA regular season Player of the Year and Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2002 ... named the Most Valuable Player in the Region 8-AA Tournament and was the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Class AA State Tournament Most Valuable Player ... Ridgeway was the District 15-AA Tournament Champions, the Region 8-AA Tournament Champions, the West Tennessee Substate Chmpions and the TSSAA Class AA State Champions in 2002 ... honored as the basketball city championship Co-Player of the Game and the West Tennessee Substate Player of the Game...named the Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Class AA Best of Preps Player of the Year ... selected to participate in the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Game...scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 27 minutes of action as Tennessee lost to Georgia 108-100 ... was the Holiday Hoops Classic Tourney Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Classic ... named Ridgeway's Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player for the 2001-02 season ... as a junior during the 2000-01 season, he averaged 20.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and five assists a game...shot 41 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the free throw line...earned honorable mention All-State honors and was named to the Region 8-AA All-Tournament Team ... was the District 15-AA Tournament's Most Valuable Player and a first-team All-District selection during the regular season ... named to the MIAA Class AA Best of Preps ... selected to the Bartlett Stagecoach Shootout All-Tournament Team ... Ridgeway was the District 15-AA Champions ... named Ridgeway's Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player for the 2000-01 season ... invited to the 2001 National Basketball Players' Association Camp in Washington, D.C., and the 2001 adidas ABCD Camp in Teaneck, N.J. ... his Memphis Y.O.M.C.A. AAU Basketball Club placed fourth in the 17-year-old and under AAU National Championships ... as a sophomore during the 1999-2000 season he averaged 16.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists a game ... shot 44 percent from three-point range and 74 percent from the free throw line ... earned honorable mention All-State honors, and was named to the State Boys Basketball Class AA All-Tournament Team and the Region 8-AA All-Tournament Team ... selected to the District 15-AA All-Tournament Team and was a second-team All-District selection during the regular season ... named to the MIAA Class AA Best of Preps ... Ridgeway was the District 15-AA Champions, the Region 8-AA Champions, the West Tennessee Sectional Champions and the TSSAA Class AA State Champions in 2000 ... named to the All-Tournament Team at the St. Francis Boys Invitational and was selected the Player of the Game at the Powertel/Memphis Interscholastic Athletic Association High School Basketball Jamboree ... named Ridgeway's Best Offensive Player for the 1999-2000 season ... honored as the Most Outstanding Player in the 16-year-old and under division at the 2000 AAU Bob Gibbons' Tournament of Champions ... invited to the 2000 adidas ABCD Camp ... averaged 32 points per game at the Atlanta Basketball Classic Tournament and earned All-Tournament Team honor.

PERSONAL: Derrick JaVaughn Byars ... born April 25, 1984, in Memphis, Tenn ... son of Barbara and David Byars ... has two brothers and two sisters ... Honor Roll student at Ridgeway High School ... has assisted with a 9-10 year-old AAU basketball team.

YearG-GSMP-Avg.FGM-FGAPct.3FM-3FAPct.FTM-FTAPct.Off-DefReb-AvgPF-DQAstTOBSStlPts-Avg
2002-03 31-16649-20.974-167.44331-82.37823-36.63931-5889-2.950-12641523202-6.5

Byars' Career Highs
Points--20 vs. Gardner-Webb (12/19/02); Rebounds--8 vs. Chaminade (11/25/02); FG Made--7 vs. Gardner-Webb (12/19/02); FG Att.--13 vs. Gardner-Webb (12/19/02); 3 Pt. FG Made--4 vs Florida State (1/29/03); 3 Pt. FG Att.--8 vs Kentucky (11/26/02); FT Made-- 5 vs. Wofford (1/2/03); FT Att.--6 vs. Wofford (1/2/03); Assists--3 on three occasions; Blocks--1 on five occasions; Steals--5 vs. Gardner-Webb (12/19/02); Minutes--34 vs. Indiana (11/27/02), UNC (2/12/03)