Derrick Phelps News Archive

Video: UNC Comes Back to Beat Cincinnati in OT, Advance to Final Four - March 28, 1993

Cincinnati’s Nick Van Exel scores 21 first-half points and the Bearcats lead North Carolina by as many as 15 in the first half. Then Derrick Phelps clamps down on Van Exel, and East Regional MVP George Lynch scores 21 and grabs 14 rebounds in a 75-68 overtime win to send Carolina to the Final Four.

Tar Heels Today: Coby White, Ryan Switzer, UNC-Duke OT Thriller Flashback

Coby White outshines Duke commit Joey Baker, a heartfelt "thank you" to UNC fans from OL Khaliel Rodgers, Ryan Switzer to receive the Patterson Medal, time to let the freshmen big men take their lumps, and more in Tar Heels Today.

Carolina Insider Podcast: Michigan Win, Derrick Phelps Interview

Recap the win over Michigan and visit with 1993 NCAA champion point guard Derrick Phelps in the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Jones Angell and Adam Lucas break down the win over the Wolverines, look ahead to Friday's game at Davidson and talk with Phelps about the 25th anniversary of the 1993 NCAA title game win over Michigan.

4 recruiting classes have contributed to matching titles for Triangle rivals

1. Class of 1990 Eric Montross, Derrick Phelps, Brian Reese, Clifford Rozier, Pat Sullivan and Kevin Salvadori made up coach Dean Smith’s top-ranked recruiting haul in 1990. “The bragging rights for Tobacco Road were pretty substantial at that time,” Montross said. “You had a significant number of guys playing at a very high level. It was great. I enjoyed the competition."

Tar Heel Point Guard Toughness Personified

Three weeks before UNC's 1993 matchup with Kansas and Roy Williams in the national semifinals, Derrick Phelps fell and injured his tailbone against Virginia during the semifinals of the ACC tournament. He missed the Tar Heels' ACC championship game loss to Georgia Tech and, all of a sudden, UNC's title hopes rested on the health of its point guard.

A Dean's Influence

The influence Dean Smith had on Derrick Phelps as a player, a person and the coach he aspired to be was tremendous. "He was definitely a father-figure in my life," said Phelps. "He was more interested in what I wanted to do with my life and what kind of person I was rather than how I was going to help North Carolina win basketball games. He helped me mature as a player and a person."

For Monmouth's King Rice, emotions may play a role at UNC

This is not the first time King Rice will take his team to UNC (Wed., 7 PM, ESPNU), and it probably won't be the last. A generation ago, Rice patrolled Dean Smith's backcourt, helping push the 1991 Tar Heels to the Final Four. On New Year's Day 2012, Rice took his first Monmouth team to the Smith Center, complete with then-assistants Brian Reese and Derrick Phelps.

Turner's Take: The Education of Seventh Woods

Seventh Woods is a freshman point guard at the University of North Carolina. In putting on the Tar Heel jersey, he adds his name to a lineage that includes Kenny Smith, King Rice and Derrick Phelps; Ed Cota, Raymond Felton, Ty Lawson and Kendall Marshall. Joel Berry. It's a daunting task. The expectations, both internally and externally, are incredible.

Derrick Phelps Added to San Francisco Basketball Staff

Derrick Phelps, the starting point guard on North Carolina's 1993 national championship team, has been named USF's associate head men's basketball coach. In his new role, Phelps will take a lead role in scouting, international recruiting and will work closely with USF's backcourt players. "I feel very fortunate to be able to add Derrick to our coaching staff," said head coach Kyle Smith.

Columbia Hires Derrick Phelps as Assistant Coach

Columbia men’s basketball head coach Kyle Smith has added Derrick Phelps to his staff. Phelps, the starting point guard on North Carolina’s 1993 National Championship squad, joins the Lions after spending three-years as an assistant coach at Monmouth. “We are very proud to have Derrick join our staff,” said Smith. “He brings a lifetime of basketball experiences that we are fortunate that he can share with us."

Q&A with King Rice

We all saw the photo of Harrison Barnes alone in the locker room after the loss to Kansas. What was your most heartbreaking loss as a Tar Heel, and what was the most memorable moment? King Rice: “Most heartbreaking – missed free throws in the ACC championship my senior year against Duke. Most memorable – when Derrick Phelps signed (haha), but really just playing for Coach Smith.”

Audio: King Rice, Brian Reese, and Derrick Phelps

King Rice, Brian Reese, and Derrick Phelps talk to the media following Monmouth's loss to Carolina.

Lucas: Family Reunion

Three of Carolina's six all-time leading assist men were in the building--Phil Ford was in the stands, and King Rice and Derrick Phelps were on the Monmouth sideline. By the time Marshall finishes his career, we'll look back and say it was four out of seven. Rice offered some praise of the sophomore. "I was hoping we could keep him under 10 assists," Rice said.

UNC hopes to burn Rice in coaching return

Monmouth is coached by former North Carolina point guard King Rice, who’s in his first year at the West Long Branch, NJ, school. Two of Rice’s assistant coaches are Tar Heels from the same era — Derrick Phelps, also a former point guard, and Brian Reese, an athletic forward during his playing career. Phelps and Reese were starters on UNC’s 1993 NCAA championship team.

King Rice takes Hawks to Chapel Hill

When Monmouth University steps inside the building for a 3 pm contest against the Tar Heels, the Hawks will of course get booed. However, when they first step on the floor, one can imagine that the coaching staff may get quite the ovation. Head coach King Rice, along with assistant coaches Brian Reese and Derrick Phelps, are native sons of Chapel Hill. For those three, today is a homecoming.

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