Full Name: Derrick Lamar Bird
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 195
Birthdate: March 11, 1980 (Ypsilanti, MI)
High School: Ypsilanti HS (Ypsilanti, MI)
Finished collegiate career at Auburn after starting out at Central Michigan and routing through Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI. Started 61 of 62 games at Auburn. Was a two-time team Outstanding Defensive Player at Auburn.
As a senior, averaged 9.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Started all 34 games. Made team-high 56 three-point field goals. Shot 9-for-10 from the field and scored season-high 24 points against Georgia State. Recorded 21 points against Florida. Scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Rutgers. Tallied 20 points and six rebounds against Arkansas. Averaged 10.3 points in three NCAA Tournament games including 11 points against Syracuse in the Sweet 16.
As a junior, averaged 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Started 27 of 28 games. Ranked second on the team in three-point field goals made with 47. Recorded career-high 26 points while sinking seven three-point shots against Louisiana Tech. Sank five threes on his way to 24 points against Florida International. Tallied 22 points and seven rebounds against Mississippi. Posted double-double of 11 points and career-high 10 rebounds at Alabama.
As a sophomore at Schoolcraft, averaged 20.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. Ranked second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding. Scored season-high 37 points against Mott Community College. Tallied 30 points against Marygrove College. Averaged 22.3 points in three NJCAA Tournament games, including a 27 point effort against eventual champion Wabash Valley (IL). Helped lead Schoolcraft to a 32-4 record.
As a redshirt freshman at Central Michigan, averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.4 minutes a game. Started three games. Scored 12 points against Toledo. Posted 11 points against Ohio University.
Sat out the 1998-99 season while recovering from a knee injury. Granted a medical redshirt.