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Derrick Michael Phelps (born July 31, 1972 in Queens, New York) is an American professional basketball player, a 6' 4", 181-lb. point guard.

Phelps attended Christ The King Regional High School in Middle Village, Queens, New York. He was named to the 1990 McDonald's All-American Team. After, he played in the McDonald's All-American game with future UNC teammates Eric Montross, Brian Reese and Clifford Rozier.

He then rose to prominence while playing college basketball for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. He was named as an All-Atlantic Coast Conference Honorable Mention in 1993, and was named to the 2nd Team in 1994. Phelps was a member of North Carolina's 1993 NCAA National Championship team, as the Tar Heels defeated Michigan 77-71 in the title game. Graduating in 1994, Phelps left college holding two Tar Heel records: most steals in one game (9) and in a career (247).

Phelps was never drafted by an NBA team, but did play in three games for the Sacramento Kings in the 1994-95 season. The Vancouver Grizzlies selected him in the 1995 expansion draft, but he did not play for them before they renounced his NBA rights in 1996. He also spent some time during pre-season (but not in any regular season contests) with the Milwaukee Bucks (1994) and Philadelphia 76ers (1997).

Subsequently, Phelps plied his trade in the Continental Basketball Association and overseas: from 2000-02, he played for ALBA Berlin with former UNC teammate Henrik Rodl (having already played in Telekom Baskets Bonn in 1998-2000). He then played in France, returned to Germany, and had a brief stint in 2004 with Śląsk Wrocław in the Polish League.

Phelps has also played in The Netherlands, in Germany with GHP Bamberg, and in the Russian League for Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.

Phelps is now (2009-2010 season) playing for Gaz Metan Medias in the Romanian League.[1]

References

  1. ^ Derrick Phelps. Eurobasket.

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