After a year at Dayton, one-time Country Day basketball star and former LSU player Matt Derenbecker is transferring to UNO with the hope of becoming eligible immediately.
Privateers coach Mark Slessinger said the school would appeal to the NCAA to waive the rule requiring transfers to sit out a season because of an unspecified hardship.
If granted, Derenbecker, a 6-foot-7 swing-man, would have two years of eligibility at UNO. If not, he would be eligible for the 2014-15 season.
He’s already had to sit out the 2011-2012 season after transferring from LSU, where he started 16 games as a freshman.
“Either way, we’re excited to have Matt join our program,” Slessinger said.
“He fills a need for us, and I know he’s going to be happy to be playing close to home again.”
Derenbecker, who could not be reached for comment, played in 30 of Dayton’s 31 games last season with no starts. He averaged 4.5 points and 1.1 rebounds for the Flyers. A 3-point shooting specialist, Derenbecker made 37 of 87 shots from beyond the arc.
Derenbecker was given his release from Dayton in June, saying, “They are genuinely into what is best for each player in their program,” in a release from the school.
At LSU, Derenbecker averaged 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds during the 2010-11 season, but he struggled in the classroom, according to his father, John Derenbecker, and had some “social distractions” as well.
While at Country Day, Derenbecker averaged 25.5 points and 9.9 rebounds as a senior and was the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year in his final two seasons. The Cajuns won the 2009 Class 1A championship and reached the title game the following year.
He was ranked among ESPU’s top 100 recruits in the country.
Derenbecker’s transfer gives UNO eight new scholarship players for next season along with five holdovers.
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