Full Name: Derrick Dewayne Zimmerman
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 195
Birthdate: December 2, 1981 (Monroe, LA)
High School: Wossman HS (Monroe, LA)
College: Mississippi State
Participated in NBA training camp with the Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons. Selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round (#40 pick overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft.
Finished collegiate career as the all-time assists leader in Mississippi State with 514 and the all-time leader in games played with 127. Also ranks second all-time in steals with 205. Was twice named Third Team All-SEC by the Associated Press. Helped lead Mississippi State to a record of 80-47 during his four years. Participated in the 2003 Chicago Pre-Draft Camp.
As a senior, averaged 8.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 steals. Started all 31 games. Led SEC in assists and ranked third in steals. Also led team in blocks and dunks (28). Scored in double figures 12 times, with a season and career-high 21 points at South Alabama. Tallied 15 points and eight assists against Auburn. Scored 18 points and dished out seven assists in the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette. Recorded 14 points, six rebounds and six assists in the regular season finale against Auburn. Registered nine points, nine rebounds and a season-high 11 assists in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament against LSU.
As a junior, averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.1 steals. Started all 35 games. Led SEC in assists and ranked third in steals. Also led team in blocks and dunks (27) and became the first player in school history to lead the team in assists, steals and blocks. Scored in double figures 18 times, with a season-high 17 points against Arkansas. Recorded a unique double-double of 11 rebounds and 11 assists at Tulane. Tallied 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the first round of the SEC Tournament against Florida. Scored 14 points against Kentucky.
As a sophomore, averaged 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 20.6 minutes a contest. Started five times. Scored season-high 15 points in the second round of the NIT at Pittsburgh. Tallied 14 points and five rebounds in the third round of the NIT against Tulsa. Recorded 10 points and eight rebounds against Kentucky. Dished out season-high seven assists twice, at California and against South Carolina.
As a freshman, averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 16.5 minutes a contest. Came off the bench in all 30 games. Led team in steals. Scored season-high 14 points against Alabama A&M. Tallied nine points and season-high four steals against Kentucky.