Florida State's improbable run in the NCAA Tournament came to an end on Friday night in heartbreaking fashion. VCU's Bradford Burgess made a layup off an inbounds pass with 7.1 seconds left and FSU was unable to convert in the final seconds of overtime.[details]
2008 (Sophomore):On Kitchen: "Derwin has a really good feel for the game. His decision-making is excellent. He's got another gear when he gets the ball in his hands and he can really push it up the court," said Iowa Western Community College Coach Jim Morris...an explosive combo guard who excels at both the point guard and shooting guard positions...earned Junior College All-America First-Team honors at Iowa Western Community College in 2008 as he averaged 14.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists in leading the Reivers to a No. 11 ranking in the final national junior college rankings in 2008...rated as the 57th best overall player, the 22nd best shooting guard and a top four-star prospect in the 2005 high school class by rivals.com...originally signed with Florida and enrolled at St. John's before attending school and playing basketball at Iowa Western Community College.
At Iowa Western: Graduated from Iowa Western Community College with an Associates Degree in 2008...averaged 14.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists during the 2007-08 season in his only active year at Iowa Western...ranked among the IWCC leaders in scoring (third / 14.0 ppg), rebounds (third / 6.1 rpg) and steals (first / 1.8 spg) during his only season as a Reiver...finished second on the team with an .805 free throw shooting percentage and a .529 field goal shooting percentage...started 32 of IWCC's 32 games and led the team in minutes played...led the Reivers to a 28-5 record including a 5-1 record in conference play...helped IWCC to within one game of the National Junior College Championship tournament as the Reivers lost to Indian Hills in the Region XI championship series...led IWCC with a team-leading 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 61-42 victory over Marshalltown in the opening game of the 2008 region XI tournament semifinals...he earned three double/doubles in the final six games of the season.
At Raines: Graduated from Raines High School in Jacksonville in 2005...runner-up for the Mr. Basketball award in the state of Florida in 2005 and he averaged 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game as a senior...an All-State First-Team selection and the runner-up for the Mr. Basketball award as a senior...earned All-State First-Team honors three times during his high school career...named as the Jacksonville Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 by the Florida Times Union...and was a four-time all-city and all-conference selection and was selected as the First Coast Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005...closed his prep career as the all-time leader in points, steals and assists at Raines...led Raines to a pair of state championships in 2003 and 2004...scored 31 points in the regional semifinal game to propel Raines past Bucholz and into the championship game...he then won the championship game for Raines with a 25-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining to give the Vikings the Class 5A championship clinching victory over Boynton Beach in 2003...his basket broke a 47-47 tie and gave Raines the 50-47 state title clinching victory...named the MVP of the state tournament for his buzzer-beating performances...led the Vikings to a 63-57 victory over Winter Haven for the Class 4A state title in 2004...were the second and third state championship titles in school history...finished his high school career as one of only 11 players in Jacksonville high school history to score 2,000 or more career points...led Raines to a 98-26 record during his varsity career.
Personal: Born May 14, 1986...Derwin is the son of Geraldine Oliver and Vincent Kitchen...mentored by his AAU coach David Jones...his AUU team (The Lee Bulls) won the Under 19 national championship in 2004...his AAU team won five state championships in his six years as a member of the team...selected Florida State over National Champion Kansas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, Miami and UNLV.