Derek  Reese

23Derek Reese


Orlando, Fla.

High School:
Olympia HS

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 230




  • Points: 13 // vs. Vanderbilt, 2/26/15
  • Rebounds: 13 // vs. Marshall, 11/19/15
  • Assists: 4 // vs. Texas A&M, 1/24/15
  • Steals: 3 // at Georgia, 1/13/16
  • Blocks: 4 (2x) // last vs. Marshall, 11/19/15
  • Field Goals: 5 (4x) // last vs. LSU, 2/14/15
  • 3-Pointers: 3 (2x) // last vs. Vanderbilt, 2/26/15
  • Free Throws: 6 // vs. Auburn, 1/31/15
  • Minutes: 35 // vs. Vanderbilt, 3/10/16*
  • * Indicates most recent high

2015-16 - SENIOR

  • Game-By-Game Statistics
  • Received his degree in Psychology on May 14, 2016.
  • Over his four-year Tennessee career, appeared in 104 games with 26 starts while averaging 3.9 points, 4.4 rebounds per game. He owned a career field goal percentage of 40.6.
  • Appeared in all 34 games during his senior season for the Vols, getting 15 starts.
  • Ranked second on the team in rebounding during the season, averaging 5.4 boards per contest. He also paced the team in plus-minus, owning a rating of +3.23 per 40 minutes.
  • Went 7-of-15 from beyond the arc over the course of the season, good for a 46.7 percent clip.
  • Was the first Vol off the bench 11 times as a senior, and he led UT in rebounding 10 times.
  • Despite standing just 6-7, made 15 starts as Tennessee's five-man, including each of the first 10 games of the season and each of the final four.
  • Tennessee's leading rebounder at the SEC Tournament, pulling down 9.0 rpg during the Vols' three games in Nashville.
  • Paced the Vols on the glass again in the upset of fifth-seeded Vanderbilt (3/10), pulling down 10 to help UT advance to the quarterfinals.
  • Scored nine points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in Tennessee's rout of Auburn (3/9) in the opening game of the SEC Tournament.
  • Knocked down a pair of 3-pointers against the Tigers -- his only game of multiple 3-pointers in 2015-16.
  • Recorded six points, six rebounds, and notched a couple of dunks over 25 minutes of play at home against Arkansas (2/27).
  • Received the metaphorical 'game ball' from Coach Barnes after providing a spark off the bench in Tennessee's win over LSU (2/20), finishing with five rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes of play.
  • Recorded a career-high three steals at Georgia (1/13) as Tennessee forced a season best 20 turnovers from the Bulldogs.
  • Tallied seven points on 3-of-5 shooting in 13 minutes to help the Vols top Florida (1/6) in the SEC home opener.
  • Made his return to the starting lineup in the SEC opener at Auburn (1/2/16), pulling down eight rebounds in 26 minutes of action.
  • Nearly recorded the second double-double of his career vs. Tennessee State (12/29/15), finishing with eight points and eight rebounds in a season-high 31 minutes of action.
  • Pulled down a team-high eight rebounds to go along with six points in the win against Florida Atlantic.
  • Played a season-high 27 minutes at #18 Butler, notching five points, three assists, and three boards.
  • Grabbed 11 rebounds and added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. Army West Point, including a 3-pointer from the wing that dropped through as the shot clock expired late in the second half.
  • Pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds and tied his career mark with four blocks in UT's come-from-behind win over Marshall (11/19/15).
  • Grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, including five offensive boards, at Georgia Tech (11/16/15).
  • Started as Tennessee's five-man in the season-opening win over UNC Asheville (11/13/15) and scored eight points on 3-for-3 shooting while also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.
  • 2014-15 - JUNIOR

    • Game-By-Game Statistics
    • Moved from the perimeter to the frontcourt and appeared in all 32 games, with 11 starts.
    • Ranked second on the team in total rebounding (5.3 rpg) and offensive rebounding (1.8 orpg) while ranking third in free-throw percentage (.737).
    • Was the team's fifth-leading scorer (7.2 ppg) and fifth-best 3-point shooter (.333).
    • Was the first Vol off the bench eight times on the year.
    • Led the team in rebounding eight times and scored in double figures seven times.
    • In SEC play, he increased his production to 6.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
    • Started Tennessee's second-round SEC Tournament win over Vanderbilt in Nashville (3/12/15) and scored six points while pulling down a team-high seven rebounds in the victory.
    • 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
    • Moved from the perimeter to the frontcourt and appeared in all 32 games, with 11 starts.
    • 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 strong minutes off the bench.

    SUMMER 2013

    • 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.

    SUMMER 2012

    • 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.
    • 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 Dane Bradshaw Endowed Athletic Scholarship and the Randall Keith Nutt Athletic Scholarship Endowment


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