Dayton Forward Matt Derenbecker Opts to Transfer; Will Move Closer to Home

Rob Leifheit-USA Today Sports

Matt Derenbecker is on the move once again.

The Dayton sophomore forward who began his career at LSU, will move closer to his home in Louisiana in the hopes of continuing his collegiate career. After averaging 6.5 points as a freshman at LSU, Derenbecker made the decision to transfer elsewhere. He sat out the 2011-12 season before becoming eligible to play for the Flyers just this past year.

However, Derenbecker actually saw a decrease in his time on the court, despite moving to a lower level of competition. Derenbecker averaged only 4.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per contest. Now, he will make the transition to a third school in four years.

Derenbecker will only be a junior by basketball standards once he finds a new home, so he will have two years of eligibility remaining at whichever school he so chooses.

“I greatly appreciated my time in Dayton with coach Miller and the basketball staff,” Derenbecker said in school release. “They are genuinely interested in what is best for each player in their program.”

Derenbecker is a flashy left-hander who can light it up from the outside when left open. He’s the type of player who can bring about another aspect to a program in need of help on the perimeter. Unfortunately, Derenbecker became well known this past season for sending Butler guard Rotnei Clarke into the basket support on a hard foul. The play caused Clarke to miss time in the following weeks, but he recovered just fine.

 

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