May 1, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Derwin Kitchen, who earned Junior College All-America First-Team honors at Iowa Western Community College this past season, has signed a Grant-In-Aid to attend Florida State University and play basketball for Seminole Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. Kitchen averaged 14.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists in leading the Reivers to a No. 11 ranking in the final national junior college rankings in 2008.
Kitchen (6-4, 180 lbs) is a versatile guard who combines an outstanding scoring ability with a tremendous defensive presence into a very athletic guard package. He can play both guard positions and has lightning quick hands.
“We are very excited about Derwin and his future as a Seminole basketball player,” said Head Coach Leonard Hamilton. “His size and athletic ability will allow him to fit in with the players on our team and with the recruits we will have joining our team for the upcoming season. His skills will be a tremendous compliment to the players on our roster. He will help make his teammates better and his new teammates will help make him a better player during his career as a Seminole.”
Kitchen was an All-State First-Team selection and the runner-up for the Mr. Basketball award as a senior at Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla. He earned All-State First-Team honors three times during his high school career. He averaged 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game as a senior and graduated from Raines after leading them to state championship in both 2003 and 2004. Kitchen was named as the Jacksonville Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and was a four-time all-city and all-conference selection and was selected as the First Coast Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005. Kitchen was rated as the 57th best overall player and the 22nd best shooting guard in the 2005 high school class by rivals.com. He closed his prep career as the all-time leader in points, steals and assists at Raines.
Kitchen was a team leader and one of the top players for IWCC despite playing for only one season at the Council Bluffs, Iowa school. In addition to ranking among the IWCC leaders in scoring (third / 14.0 ppg), rebounds (third / 6.1 rpg) and steals (first / 1.8 spg) during his only season as a Reiver, Kitchen finished second on the team with an .805 free throw shooting percentage and a .529 field goal shooting percentage. He started 32 of IWCC’s 32 games and led the team in minutes played. The Reivers had a 28-5 record including a 5-1 record in conference play.