Derryen Whyte — Senior, Basketball Forward

Derryen is in the midst of a breakout senior season. Through nine games he had averaged 16.4 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals per game. He has generated a lot of college interest with his productive summer and hot start to the season. Additionally, he also was named MVP of the Husky Christmas Tournament in Matawan that Union won. – Union boys’ basketball coach Kevin Feeley.

Coach Feeley says you have generated a lot of college interest this season. Are there any schools that stand out?
I wouldn’t say that one stands out right now, they’re all equally interested and I’m just blessed to have the attention of these colleges. It’s just a sign for me to keep working harder.

How challenging is it to balance academics, basketball and preparing for a transition to college?
It’s definitely not an easy process trying to balance all three. Sometimes I come home from practice and a game and I just feel like sleeping, but then I remember I have to get my homework done. And as a student you don’t want to slack off on your college stuff because you want to make sure everything is taken care of so you have somewhere to go.

Is there anything you particularly enjoy doing not related to school?
Not anything particularly. I just enjoy hanging out with my friends and family.

What do you like to do for entertainment? TV? Movies?
For entertainment I like to watch documentaries, sports and Netflix

What do you plan to study in college?
I plan to study sports management in college.

What’s different about this season that is allowing you to have as much success as you have?
This season I’m more comfortable and my confidence is at an all time high because I’m surrounded by great teammates who love and trust me to do what I have to do on the court.

Other than basketball, what other sports do you enjoy, either as a player or fan?
As I fan I definitely enjoy football. It’s a very enjoyable sport to watch.

How did you first become interested in basketball? What age did you start playing?
I first became interested in basketball in fifth grade. My older cousin, who is like an older brother to me, I saw him playing basketball and it made me want to do the same. I, myself, didn’t start playing basketball until my freshman year of high school.