TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Derwin Kitchen, who helped lead Florida State to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and to the 2009 ACC Tournament championship game, will be inducted into the Iowa Western Community College Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 at the Student Center on the IWCC campus. Kitchen graduated from Iowa Western with an Associate’s Degree in 2008 after leading the Reivers to a 28-5 record and to within one win of the National Junior College Championship tournament.
Kitchen (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines/IWCC/Florida State) earned NJCAA All-American First-Team honors in 2008 and is one of only three players in school history to All-American First-Team honors. He is still the only player in school history to earn a scholarship to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“It means the world to me to have the honor of being inducted into the Hall of Fame at Iowa Western,” said Kitchen. “There have been a lot of great athletes to play at IWCC and for me to be recognized for my career there is truly a humbling honor. I would never have thought in a million years that I would be inducted into a hall of fame during my lifetime. I’m very excited.”
Since his graduation from Florida State in 2011, Kitchen has successfully played professionally in Israel, Greece, Croatia, France and Turkey. In 2012, he played in the NBA Summer League with the Denver Nuggets.
Kitchen ranked 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. He finished second on the team with an .805 free throw shooting percentage and a .529 field goal shooting percentage. Kitchen started 32 of IWCC’s 32 games and led the team in minutes played. He led IWCC with a team-leading 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 61-42 victory over Marshalltown in the opening game of the 2008 region XI tournament semifinals.
“Kitch was a key piece on the Reivers’ Men’s Basketball team, not only the year he played, but also his redshirt season with the team,” said IWCC Hall of Fame Committee Member Jake Ryan. “He is one of those special talents that you recognize immediately as a player that elevates others and his team. It’s a pleasure to welcome him into the Iowa Western Athletics Hall of Fame.”
Kitchen was a three-year starter at the guard position and a starter on three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams as he helped Florida State advance to the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He was a starter on three consecutive Florida State teams that finished in the top four of the ACC standings (fourth in 2009, third in 2010 and third in 2011) for the first time in school history. Florida State won 70 games overall and 31 games in regular season ACC play with Kitchen in the starting line-up during his career. With Kitchen in Florida State’s starting line-up, the Seminoles were the third winningest program in the ACC in both overall games and ACC games only.
Kitchen earned his Associate’s Degree from IWCC in 2008 and his Bachelor’s Degree in interdisciplinary social studies from Florida State in 2011.
Kitchen is ranked 17th in school history with 308 career assists, tied for 18th in school history with 133 career steals and tied for 22nd in school history with 82 career starts in 91 career games despite playing less than three seasons. He played in nine victories over ranked teams including two teams – No. 1 ranked North Carolina in 2009 and No. 1 ranked Duke in 2011 – who were ranked No. 1 at the time of the game. The Seminoles’ victory over No. 1 ranked North Carolina sent Florida State to the championship game of the 2009 ACC Tournament for the first time in school history and their victory over No. 1 ranked in his senior season was the first victory over the Blue Devils during the season.