DAYTON, Ohio — Dayton head coach Archie Miller has announced that Matt Derenbecker, who completed his freshman season at LSU this past spring, has transferred to Dayton. Derenbecker’s transfer had been reported in the media last weekend, but it could not be officially announced until after he signed his financial aid agreement and was enrolled in the University.
“We are really excited for Matt and his family to be able to join us at UD,” Miller said. “Matt is a terrific player who will start making us a better team immediately. And our ability to help him grow over the next 12 months will put us further ahead in the future. Most importantly though, it’s the fit academically and socially, the power of our “Brand” as a school, and the unmatched quality of life for our student-athletes that what really cemented this relationship.”
Derenbecker, a two-time Louisiana High School Gatorade Player of the Year, played in all 32 of LSU’s games in 2010-11. He started 16 games and finished the year with averages of 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds a game. His production improved as the year went on. He started 15 of LSU’s 16 Southeastern Conference games and was the Tiger’s third-leading scorer in SEC play (8.3 ppg). His 18 steals also led LSU in the 16 conference contests.
An ESPNU Top 100 player coming out of Metairie Park Country Day School, Derenbecker averaged 25.5 points per game and 9.9 rebounds a game his senior season. He led Metairie Park back to the Louisiana Class 1A finals after being named the MVP of the championship game as a junior. He scored 31 points in the championship-winning effort in 2009 and finished the year averaging 20.3 points per game and 11.3 rebounds.
After sitting out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Derenbecker will have three seasons of eligibility at Dayton.
He is the second highly-touted transfer for the Flyers. Vee Sanford, a 6-foot-3 guard from Lexington, Ky., recently transferred to UD from Georgetown.
UD returns three starters from last year’s 22-14 team that reached the championship game of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Flyers reached the post-season for the fourth consecutive season, playing in the NIT.
Dayton just returned from an 11-day European exhibition tour, where the Flyers went 4-0 in games against the Netherlands National U-23 team and three professional teams from the Netherlands, Belgium and France.