UPDATE 5/11: According to a post from Ron Bailey (HoyaReport/Rivals), Marcus Derrickson’s father is worried about him and hoping to speak with the 24-year-old. Based on Derrickson’s earlier explanation and his father’s pleas, there is reason to believe the head injuries he suffered may further complicate the issues. Our thoughts are with him in this very serious time of his life. We’re on Team Doc.
Reached out to Marcus Derrickson's pops re: his son's recent unsettling social media posts. He responded with this.— ron bailey (@HoyaNation) May 11, 2020
It's time we help Marcus.
Hey big guy, call you parents. they are worried.
We all are. @GeorgetownHoops #Hoyas @PVIHoops @TTOBasketball pic.twitter.com/7kSfMeJRIZ
FROM MAY 10:
Fans of the Georgetown Hoyas will remember a special player, and Patrick Ewing’s only GU athlete to log NBA minutes, in forward Marcus Derrickson. Derrickson posted a rather cryptic message on Instagram that did include a less-than-subtle conclusion that he is finished playing basketball.
In the Instagram post, Derrickson said:
I’m NOT sorry to ANYONE, I’m done wit BASKETBALL. PERIOD
LOVED being out there EVERY MOMENT I PLAYED but THINGS HAPPEN.. LIFE.. ✌ YALL KNOW WHAT YALL DID TO ME! EVERYONE of you IM NOT DUMB.Knowing the TRUTH and NOT HELPING IS not sitting well wit me.
Clearly, Derrickson is frustrated with the sport. After a successful two-way campaign with Golden State, Derrickson found himself signing with Atlanta and playing, most recently, with the College Park Skyhawks in the G-League.
Flying a bit under the radar were a couple transactions that may have contributed to Derrickson’s frustrations with the game. Namely, waiver by the Skyhawks in early March, right at the beginning of the COVID-19 issues halting sports.
The College Park Skyhawks have waived Marcus Derrickson.— CP Skyhawks (@CPSkyhawks) March 3, 2020
Derrickson’s release from the Skyhawks was a bit of a surprise because, in “40 games (37 starts), the 6-foot-7 forward has averaged 13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists over 27.8 minutes per contest.”
Last August, it was reported that MD signed an Exhibit 10 contract with Atlanta. An Exhibit 10 contract is only guaranteed up to $50,000 and permits the team to relegate the athlete to the G-League. The official announcement of the Hawks signing Derrickson followed later in the month and trumpeted his accomplishments in the prior season:
In 11 games last season with the Golden State Warriors, Derrickson averaged 4.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.1 minutes (.485 FG%, .500 3FG%, .800 FT%). In 35 games (all starts) with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League, he compiled 13.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27.2 minutes (.467 FG%, .421 3FG%, .841 FT%).
An alleged Hornets-signing in April was simply not covered by the press, if true, and could potentially be held up by the pandemic effects. There is still a missing piece or two as to why Derrickson is stepping away from basketball.
Still, Derrickson’s stats have to give pause when considering a retirement at age 24. Somebody should want his pick-and-pop game on their team.
I was big on Marcus Derrickson back in 2018. Really good shooter at Georgetown. This year in the G League he averaged 13 PPG and 5 RPG on 44% shooting and 33% from 3, but his shot chart isn't bad beyond the left wing. I still buy his upside as a shooter off the bench in the NBA pic.twitter.com/JUpBm9RjGn— LegendsDraft (@LegendsDraft) April 20, 2020
Marcus Derrickson has really begun to get more comfortable and show his athletic ability this season.— Darius Goodman (@ReporterDarius) February 21, 2020
He has that tendency to disappear but he's electric when he's on. Looks like he is tonight in Maine. https://t.co/ni0DLMubaQ
While Georgetown fans all certainly hope that Derrickson gives it another go, basketball needs to get going first. MD has a dozen game-winners and big shots that no Hoyas fan can forget, his interaction with Coach Ewing during his junior season—and his ensuing development of his fade-away—may always be his calling card.
Best of luck, MD. We’re rooting for you.
In a very cryptic post to his Instagram NBA player Marcus Derrickson revealed he is leaving the game of . Derrickson was a 2X Wash Post 1st Team All-Met from PVI as a soph & Jr who ultimately attended Georgetown & played shortly for the GSW with stints in the G League. pic.twitter.com/cETAdDtQxl— ALL-MET ELITE (@all_metelite) May 10, 2020
Did you miss this on Friday? @BobbyBancroft got Marcus Derrickson's perspective on rookie life in the NBA, learning from Patrick Ewing, and what's up with these current Hoyas. #HoyaSaxa #GeorgetownForever https://t.co/Kk2fYpS0Gl— Hoya Saxual (@Hoya_Saxual) January 28, 2019
UPDATE 2PM 5/10: Derrickson posted about his new daughter, her mother, and an altercation with a roommate that simultaneously clarifies and further complicates an understanding of his current position. We wish him the best of luck.