Derrick Byars

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Derrick Byars
Free agent
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1984-04-25) April 25, 1984 (age 35)
Memphis, Tennessee
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolRidgeway (Memphis, Tennessee)
NBA draft2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career2007–present
Career history
2007–2008Köln 99ers
2008Chorale Roanne
2008–2009Bakersfield Jam
2009–2010Alba Berlin
2010Chicago Bulls
2010Panellinios Basket
2011Bakersfield Jam
2011Guaiqueries de Margarita, Venezuela
2011Cholet Basket
2012Bakersfield Jam
2012San Antonio Spurs
2012–2013Alba Berlin
2013Caciques de Humacao
2014Krasny Oktyabr, Russia
2014Bakersfield Jam
2014Belfius Mons-Hainaut
2014–2015CB Sevilla
2015Maccabi Rishon LeZion
2016Santeros de Aguada
2016–2017JA Vichy
2017Delaware 87ers
Career highlights and awards

Derrick JaVaughn Byars (born April 25, 1984) is an American professional basketball player and entrepreneur. Collegiately, he played for Virginia, and later for Vanderbilt, he was drafted 42nd overall in the 2007 NBA draft.

High school career[edit]

Byars attended Ridgeway High School in Memphis, where he played for head coach Wesley Henning and won two Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Class AA State Championships.

As a sophomore (1999–2000), Byars was an honorable-mention All-State selection and led the Roadrunners to the Class AA State Championship, he averaged 16.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

As a junior, he again earned honorable mention All-State honors and was named Ridgeway's Most Valuable Player and District 15-AA MVP, he averaged 20.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5 assists.

As a senior (2001–02), he averaged 23.2 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists and led Ridgeway to its second TSSAA Class AA State Championship in three years. He was a fourth-team Parade All-America selection, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee, the TSSAA Class AA Tournament Most Valuable Player and first-team All-State.[1]

As impressive as he was on the court, Byars also excelled in the classroom, finishing high school with a 3.9 GPA.[2]

Collegiate career[edit]


Byars played for two seasons under then-head coach Pete Gillen at Virginia, he started 16 of Virginia's 31 games his freshman season (2002–03) and averaged 6.5 points per game. In his sophomore season (2003–04), he started 18 of Virginia's 31 games and averaged 7.5 points per game.[3]

Disappointed by his lack of playing time, Byars decided to transfer from Virginia.[4] Vanderbilt emerged as a leading candidate due to Byars' friendships with players on the team and the Commodores' recent run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament,[5] but the Commodores had no scholarship positions available. Days before Byars was due to announce his transfer to Mississippi, Vanderbilt reserve guard Adam Payton decided to transfer to William & Mary, freeing up a scholarship for Byars.[6]

He sat out the 2004–05 season as mandated by NCAA rules.


In his junior season (2005–06), Byars started all 30 games and finished second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game. He started a handful of games at the point guard position and led the team with 3.2 assists per game. He was named SEC Player of the Week (November 28 – December 4) after scoring 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting against Oregon on November 30, 2005. A week later, he scored a season-high 25 points (including five 3-pointers) against Cincinnati on December 10, 2005.[7]

In his senior season (2006–07), Byars was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by the league's coaches, who also unanimously selected him to their All-SEC first team, he led Vanderbilt to a 22–12 record (SEC East: 10–6, 2nd) and the Elite Eight Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, because Jeff Green's travel was not called, ending the season at least one game early. He led the Commodores in scoring with 17.0 points per game and was ranked among the SEC's top 10 in four other statistical categories. During SEC play, Byars averaged 19.1 points per game, second-best in the SEC. He scored 20 points or more eight different times, including a career-high 32 points against South Carolina on February 14, 2007, he followed that performance with 24 points in Vanderbilt's 83–70 victory over then-No. 1 Florida, which earned him SEC player of the week honors for the second time that season.[8]

Byars graduated from Vanderbilt on May 11, 2007 with a degree in sociology.

Professional career[edit]


Byars was chosen 42nd overall in the 2007 NBA draft in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers, his rights were then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.[9] He was waived by the 76ers on October 22, 2007, he was on the New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic rosters for the 2008 Summer League. Byars return to the NBA Summer League was successful, as he led the Magic in scoring in their first game against the New Jersey Nets with 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting [1].

In late September, Byars was signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder where he averaged 4.1 points and 14.8 minutes per game in the preseason.[10]

Byars was invited to the Chicago Bulls' training camp in 2009 but was waived on the opening day of the season, October 28, 2009.[11]

He played for the Bulls in the NBA Summer League in 2010.[12]


In December 2007, Byars played in eight games for the Köln 99ers, a Basketball Bundesliga team based in Cologne, Germany, having arrived at the end of October with a foot injury that had to be cured first, he averaged 6.3 points and 18 minutes per game in four games in the ULEB Cup[13] and 3.5 points in another 4 games in the Bundesliga. He was cut from the team again on December 21, 2007.[14]

On November 2, 2009, Byars was introduced as the new small forward for ALBA Berlin.


On January 24, 2008, he was subsequently signed by Chorale Roanne Basket of the Ligue Nationale de Basketball (LNB) in France.[15][16]

His club finished fourth in the 2007/08 regular season, and lost in the 2008 LNB final against Nancy after beating regular season winner Le Mans in the semi-final. Byars averaged 8 points and 3 rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time.[17]

NBA Development League[edit]

Derrick Byars was drafted in the 2008 NBA Developmental League Draft with the 5th overall pick by the Bakersfield Jam. While averaging 18 points per game on the season, he was named to the 2009 NBA D-League All-Star Game and led all players in scoring with 18 points, he returned to the team briefly in 2011, claiming another NBA Developmental League Player of the Week award after scoring a career-high 45 points versus Springfield Armor.


In September 2010, he signed a one-year deal with the Greek club Panellinios Basket.[18]

Return to France[edit]

In August 2011 he signed a one-year contract with Cholet Basket in France.[19] However, he left the club in November, having played only two games, one in Pro A and one in the Euroleague qualifying round.[20]

Return to the NBA[edit]

On December 10, 2011, Byars signed with the Miami Heat,[21] he was however waived before the start of the season. He was then signed by the San Antonio Spurs on April 25, 2012.[22] On August 21, 2012, he was waived by the Spurs after scoring ten points in two games.[23]

Return to Germany[edit]

In November 2012, Byars re-signed with Alba Berlin.[24]

Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

In September 2013, Byars joined the Memphis Grizzlies,[25] he was waived by the team on October 6, 2013.[26]

Russia / D-League[edit]

In January 2014, Byars signed with BC Krasny Oktyabr of Russia for the rest of the 2013–14 season,[27] he left before playing in a game for them.

On March 4, 2014, he was re-acquired by the Bakersfield Jam.


On April 12, 2014, Byars signed with Belfius Mons-Hainaut of the Basketball League Belgium for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[28]


On September 15, 2015 Byars signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion from the Israel Super League.[29][30]

Puerto Rico[edit]

On January 6, 2016, Byars signed with Santeros de Aguada of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[31]


On August 20, 2016, Byars signed with JA Vichy of the LNB Pro B.[32] In 16 games, he averaged 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal.[33]


On February 27, 2017, he was acquired by the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.[33]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • All-SEC First Team: (2007)
  • SEC Co-Player of the Year: (2007)
  • Second Team All-American: (2007)
  • SEC Legend: (2019)


  1. ^ "Derrick Byars Profile (Virginia)". Retrieved March 8, 2007.
  2. ^ Moss, J.D. (November 12, 2002). "Derrick Byars Inside Out". Cavalier Daily. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2007.
  3. ^ "Derrick Byars Profile (Vanderbilt)". Retrieved March 8, 2007.
  4. ^ Byars comes from UVa as transfer - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Jenkins, Lee (March 19, 2007). "Commodores' Success Is Built on Two Players Who Never Met". Retrieved March 19, 2007.
  7. ^ "Derrick Byars Profile 2006–07". Retrieved March 8, 2007.
  8. ^ "Coaches say Byars SEC's best". Retrieved March 8, 2007.[dead link]
  9. ^ "Byars may go late in first round". Retrieved May 14, 2007.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Thunder Notebook". Tulsa World. September 30, 2008. Retrieved September 30, 2008.
  11. ^ "Bulls' starting 5?". Chicago Breaking Sports News. October 28, 2008. Retrieved October 28, 2008.
  12. ^ NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas
  13. ^ "Derrick Byars – Köln 99ers Game Log". Retrieved January 22, 2008.
  14. ^ "Köln 99ers trennen sich von Derrick Byars (Köln 99ers are separating from Derrick Byars)" (in German). Köln 99ers Official Homepage. Archived from the original on December 31, 2007. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  15. ^ "Chorale Roanne Basket Current Roster". Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  16. ^ "Derrick Byars est choralien (Derrick Byars is a Choralien)" (in French). Chorale Roanne Official Homepage. Retrieved March 6, 2008.
  17. ^ Ligue Nationale de Basket
  18. ^ PANELLINIOS signs Derrick Byars. Archived September 26, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Cholet Basket signs Byars
  20. ^ "Derrick Byars quitte Cholet" (in French). November 12, 2011.
  21. ^ HEAT Signs Derrick Byars
  22. ^ Spurs Sign Derrick Byars
  23. ^ Spurs Waive Derrick Byars
  24. ^ Alba Berlin brings back Byars
  25. ^ Grizzlies Sign Byars, Ely, Gaffney
  26. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies waive Josh Akognon and Derrick Byars". Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  27. ^ Derrick Byars To Sign Deal With Krasny Oktyabr
  28. ^ "Derrick Byars signs with Mons". Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  29. ^ The roster is complete (in Hebrew)
  30. ^ Derrick Byars signed with Rishon LeZion (in Hebrew)
  31. ^ Aguada firma a Derrick Byars
  32. ^ "Derrick BYARS évoluera avec la J.A.VCM". August 20, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  33. ^ a b "SEVENS ACQUIRE DERRICK BYARS". February 27, 2017. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.

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