Two-time All-Met forward Marcus Derrickson will transfer from Paul VI to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. The Georgetown commit made the decision this past weekend but said in a Monday phone interview that it’s something he’s considered during the last year while making the four-hour round trip from Bowie to Fairfax.
“Paul VI is a great school and the last three years have been great, but with my senior year coming up, my focus is on getting ready for college,” Derrickson said. “It’s a lot of traveling on the bus and Metro from Maryland to Paul VI each day and I feel like I could be using that time to get better as a player. Up at Brewster Academy, I’ll be on the campus, they have great facilities and they push you in the classroom and on the court.”
Derrickson’s father, Reggie, said that they shared the news with Paul VI Coach Glenn Farello this weekend. Farello could not immediately be reached for comment.
As a three-year standout at Paul VI, Derrickson helped lead the Panthers to two Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles and two final No. 1 rankings in The Post Top 20, the most recent of which came last season when he averaged 11.8 points.
The 6-foot-8 forward’s versatile skillset allows him to stretch the defense with his perimeter shooting touch and also impact the interior as a solid rebounder and scorer. Ranked as the No. 81 overall recruit in the 2015 class by Rivals, Derrickson drew offers from the likes of Maryland, Virginia, Villanova and Indiana before committing to Georgetown last October. The rising senior said he is still firm in his commitment to the Hoyas.
With Derrickson’s move, seven players have now transferred from Paul VI, including All-Met swingman Joshua Reaves, (Oak Hill Academy), guard Curtis Jones (Huntington Prep) and forward Tyler Scanlon (Westfield). The Panthers still have their share of talent in rising senior guard Frank Howard, who is committed to Syracuse, and five-star junior V.J. King, who transferred in from St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) in July. But Derrickson said these moves did not play a role in his own decision to transfer.
“It’s kind of always been in my head, with the sacrifice I was making with the commute, but the other players transferring didn’t factor into my decision at all. This was a decision for myself,” said Derrickson, who will enroll at Brewster in September. “I love Paul VI. It helped me get a lot better and they still have a lot of good players that can help them win all the championships again. I just feel like this will give me a better chance to get stronger, work on my skills and focus as much attention as possible on getting ready for college.”
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