Former Mississippi State guard Derrick Zimmerman named Ragin' Cajuns basketball assistant

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

The UL basketball team hired Derrick Zimmerman, a former Mississippi State point guard who spent the past three seasons on the Bulldogs’ staff, to fill its vacant assistant coaching position, the school announced Tuesday.

Zimmerman, 39, was a graduate assistant for two seasons before serving as director of scouting and analytics on Ben Howland’s staff last season.

The Monroe native played four seasons at Mississippi State, including the Bulldogs’ 2002 and 2003 NCAA Tournament teams, before a pro career that included two games with the New Jersey Nets in 2005-06 NBA season.

His hiring is subject to approval by the UL System Board of Supervisors. Zimmerman will replace Josten Crow, who left for an assistant’s job at Louisiana Tech.

“We feel like he will bring an immediate impact to our program through his energy and experience at both the collegiate and professional level,” UL coach Bob Marlin said in a statement. “He showed tremendous leadership as a player at Mississippi State and his overseas experience will help with our young players.”

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Selected by Golden State in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft, Zimmerman was the NBA D-League’s Defensive Player of the Year playing for Columbus in 2004-05 and Austin in 2005-06.

UL has hired former Mississippi State staffer Derrick Zimmerman (forefront), shown here working during a 2019 NCAA Tournament game against Liberty, to fill its vacant assistant coaching position.

After his short stint with the Nets, he spent time in Germany, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Poland.

At Mississippi State, Zimmerman played on a 27-8 team in 2001-02 that won the SEC Tournament.

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The Wossman High product led the SEC in assists in 2002 and 2003. He remains the Bulldogs’ No. 2 career leader in assists and steals.

“Being from the state of Louisiana,” Zimmerman said in a statement, “this was a great opportunity to come back home and work with … Marlin and his staff while getting to work with a group of talented young men.”

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