|Nickname||Dee Bee, D.B.|
|Height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|Team||ALBA Berlin, Germany|
|Born||April 25, 1984
|Draft||42nd overall, 2007
Portland Trail Blazers
|Former teams||Philadelphia 76ers
Oklahoma City Thunder
|Awards||2007 First-Team All SEC
2007 SEC Player of the Year (Coaches)
Derrick JaVaughn Byars (born April 25, 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American professional basketball player. Collegiately he played for Virginia and later for Vanderbilt and was drafted 42nd overall in the 2007 NBA Draft. On November 2nd, 2009, Byars was introduced as the new small forward for ALBA Berlin.
As a sophomore (1999-2000), Byars was an honorable-mention All-State selection and led the Roadrunners to the Class AA State Championship. He averaged 16.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
As a junior, he again earned honorable mention All-State honors and was named Ridgeway's Most Valuable Player. He averaged 20.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5 assists.
As a senior (2001-02), he averaged 23.2 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists and led Ridgeway to its second TSSAA Class AA State Championship in three years. He was a fourth-team Parade All-America selection, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee, the TSSAA Class AA Tournament Most Valuable Player and first-team All-State.
Byars played for two seasons under then-Head Coach Pete Gillen at Virginia. He started 16 of Virginia's 31 games his freshman season (2002-03) and averaged 6.5 points per game. In his sophomore season (2003-04), he started 18 of Virginia's 31 games and averaged 7.5 points per game.
After falling out with Gillen, Byars decided to transfer from Virginia. Vanderbilt, fresh off a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, was his first choice, but the Commodores had no scholarship positions available. Days before Byars was due to announce his transfer to Mississippi, Vanderbilt reserve guard Adam Payton decided to transfer to William & Mary, freeing up a scholarship for Byars.
He sat out the 2004-05 season as mandated by NCAA rules.
In his junior season (2005-06), Byars started all 30 games and finished second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. He led the team with 3.2 assists per game. He was named SEC Player of the Week (28 November-4 December) after scoring 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting against Oregon on November 30, 2005. A week later, he scored a season-high 25 points (including five 3-pointers) against Cincinnati on December 10, 2005.
In his senior season (2006-07), Byars was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by the league's coaches, who also unanimously selected him to their All-SEC first team. He led Vanderbilt to a 22-12 record (SEC East: 10-6, 2nd) and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He led the Commodores in scoring with 17.0 points per game and was ranked among the SEC's top 10 in four other statistical categories. During SEC play, Byars averaged 19.1 points per game, second-best in the SEC. He scored 20 points or more eight different times, including a career-high 32 points against South Carolina on February 14, 2007. He followed that performance with 24 points in Vanderbilt's 83-70 victory over then-No. 1 Florida, which earned him SEC player of the week honors for the second time that season. 
Byars graduated from Vanderbilt on May 11, 2007 with a degree in sociology.
Byars was chosen 42nd overall in the 2007 NBA Draft in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers. His rights were then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He was waived by the 76ers on October 22, 2007. He was on the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic rosters for the 2008 Summer League. Byars return to the NBA Summer League was successful, as he led the Magic in scoring in their first game against the New Jersey Nets with 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting.
In December 2007, Byars played in eight games for the Köln 99ers, a Basketball Bundesliga team based in Cologne, Germany, having arrived at the end of October with a foot injury that had to be cured first. He averaged 6.3 points and 18 minutes per game in four games in the ULEB Cup and 3.5 points in another 4 games in the Bundesliga. He was cut from the team again on December 21, 2007.
His club finished fourth in the 2007/08 regular season, and lost in the 2008 LNB final against Nancy after beating regular season winner Le Mans in the semi-final. Byars averaged 8 points and 3 rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time.
Derrick Byars later played in the NBA Developmental League for the Bakersfield Jam. He was named to the 2009 NBDL All-Star Game.
|Coaches SEC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
(AP: Chris Lofton)