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      Derek  Reese

Orlando, Fla.

High School:
Olympia HS

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 220



2014-15 - JUNIOR
  • Game-By-Game Statistics
  • Against a pair of projected NBA big men (LSU's Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey), he grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as the Vols beat the Tigers in Baton Rouge (3/4/15).
  • Had 11 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals in UT's home game vs. LSU (2/14/15).
  • Made several clutch plays during UT's thrilling overtime win at Vanderbilt (2/11/15), finishing with eight rebounds, two assists and 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
  • Totaled 11 points and five rebounds and was 6-for-6 at the free-throw line as the Vols defeated Auburn (1/31/15).
  • Had 10 points and eight rebounds in Tennessee's win at Mizzou (1/17/15).
  • Extremely active in the Vols' win over 19th-ranked Arkansas (1/13/15), he finished with seven points, six rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal.
  • Tied his career-high with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the victory over ETSU (12/31/14); also grabbed five rebounds.
  • Hit a huge 3-pointer in the Butler win (12/14/14) to help the Vols pull away from the 15th-ranked Bulldogs.
  • Had six points, four rebounds, one block and a steal against 11th-ranked Kansas in the semifinals of the Orlando Classic (11/27/14).
  • Was Tennessee's starting five-man in the season-opener vs. 15th-ranked VCU at the Veterans Classic (11/14/14); totaled four points, six rebounds and an assist in 28 minutes.
2013-14 - SOPHOMORE
  • Game-By-Game Statistics
  • Averaged 10.9 minutes off the bench while seeing action in 24 games.
  • Averaged 2.4 points per game and ranked fourth on the team in rebounding with 3.0 rpg.
  • Was the first Vol off the bench a team-high 11 times.
  • In 15 SEC appearances, he averaged 1.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game.
  • Had three points, two rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes off the bench vs. Michigan in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen (3/28/14).
  • Totaled three points, one rebound and one steal in Tennessee's second-round NCAA Tournament win over UMass (3/21/14).
  • Had two dunks, seven points and four rebounds in UT's lopsided home win over Missouri (3/8/14).
  • Grabbed seven rebounds and recorded a pair of steals in Tennessee's victory at Auburn (3/5/14).
  • Played 18 minutes off the bench in UT's 76-38 pummeling of rival Vanderbilt (3/1/14), totaling five points, seven rebounds and a steal.
  • Had five points, one rebound and a block in Tennessee's win over Georgia (2/18/14).
  • Came off the bench during UT's home victory over Auburn (1/15/14) and recorded four points and five rebounds.
  • Totaled eight points, seven rebounds, two blocks and an assist in 20 minutes of work against Tusculum College (1/4/14).
  • Grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in just 10 minutes off the bench in UT's dominant 87-52 win over Virginia (12/30/13).
  • Made his season debut in the Vols' home win over Morehead State (12/23/13) and had a career night, posting a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds four blocks and an assist in 19 minutes strong off the bench.
  • Played on Puerto Rico's Men's National B Team at the 2013 FIBA Stankovia Continental Champions Cup June 27-July 9 in China.
  • Played in all nine games at the tournament, starting two, and averaging 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds as Puerto Rico went 3-6.
2012-13 - FRESHMAN
  • Game-By-Game Statistics
  • Wore jersey No. 3 and saw action in 14 games as a backup at the No. 4 position, averaging 3.7 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting .323 from 3-point range (10-of-31) in 13.6 minutes per game.
  • Averaged 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in the 13 SEC games in which he appeared, playing 12.9 minutes per game.
  • Pulled down a season-high eight rebounds and also added six points in 23 minutes off the bench at Arkansas (2/2/13).
  • Shot 3-of-5 from 3-point range for nine points in the win over Mississippi State (1/19/13).
  • Had nine points and four rebounds in 22 minutes of action at Kentucky (1/15/13).
  • Totaled five points, three rebounds and an assist at Alabama (1/12/13).
  • Had seven points and four rebounds in UT's home game vs. Ole Miss (1/9/13; his SEC debut).
  • Received game clearance from team doctors on Dec. 28 and served as the catalyst in UT's win over Xavier (12/29/12) one day later, totaling seven points, two steals, a block and an assist in 23 minutes.
  • Started participating in limited practice drills while the Vols were at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in mid-November.
  • Underwent a surgical procedure on his right shoulder on Aug. 21, 2012, to address a labral tear.
  • Played for Puerto Rico's U19 National Team that competed at the 2012 Nike Global Challenge in Washington, D.C., July 13-15.
  • Started all four games and averaged 21.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 32.0 minutes per game (all three were team-highs).
  • Was the tournament's second-leading scorer and was named to the International All-Tournament Team.
  • Shot .458 from the field, .400 from 3-point range and .917 from the free-throw line.
  • Graduated from Olympia High School, where he was coached by Mark Griseck.
  • Averaged 9.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 blocks per game as a senior in 2011-12.
  • Had 18 rebounds during a senior-season win over First Academy.
  • As a junior, he averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game while shooting close to 48 percent from the floor and 41 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
  • Played AAU ball with the Florida Rams Q6 All-Stars program, which was coached by former LSU basketball players Willie Anderson and Reggie Tucker.
  • Lettered for one year in football and two years in track.
  • Born Nov. 3, 1993, in Orlando, Fla.
  • Full name is Derek Patrick Reese
  • Academic major: Psychology
  • Parents are Yolanda and Robert Jr.
  • His older brother, Michael, played baseball at Division II Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., before playing professionally for three years and is now an assistant baseball coach at Rollins.
  • Also has an older sister, Jessica, who was a dancer for the NBA's Orlando Magic for four years.
  • Has an older brother, Robert, who serves in the Marines, and also has a pair of younger twin siblings: Jayson and Jaylene.
  • Is eligible to represent Puerto Rico in FIBA international play because his grandparents, Anselmo and Irma Montanez, were born there.
  • Recipient of the Ray & Dana Mears Athletic Scholarship Endowment.

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