East Mississippi Community College's Deravine commits to Dragons men's basketball program
East Mississippi Community College forward Brandon Deravine has verbally committed to Minnesota State Moorhead for men's basketball
MOORHEAD — East Mississippi Community College forward Brandon Deravine has verbally committed to play men's basketball for Minnesota State Moorhead, he announced Tuesday, July 5, via social media.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Deravine averaged 7.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 25 games for the Lions last season. He shot 49% from the floor, 27% from the 3-point line and 75% from the foul line.
“I liked their culture, I liked their winning program," Deravine said. “I’m trying to get there and try to win a national championship.”
Deravine started seven games for EMCC, which posted a 21-7 record last season, playing in the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference.
The Dragons posted a 19-12 record last season and won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament. They lost to eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State in the opening round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
From Smyrna, Ga., Deravine played for Campbell High School. He is the first commitment for Dragons head coach Tim Bergstraser, who was elevated to the job in May. He took over for longtime head coach Chad Walthall. Bergstraser can't comment on Deravine until he signs.
Deravine has two years of eligibility remaining. His natural position is power forward, but Deravine said he has the ability to play both inside and outside on offense and defense.
“I can play (multiple) positions, I’m versatile," Deravine said. “I can really guard any big (man), or the wing, too.”
Deravine said he had multiple offers from D-II schools, but MSUM was the best fit. He liked what he heard from Bergstraser.
“He’s a well-spoken coach," Deravine said. “He’s really honest. That's one thing that I like about him."