June 7, 2001

Union basketball signs Alabama Junior College All-Star for 2001 season


Jackson, Tenn.- Union University has added Boaz, Ala. native Derrick Underwood to its 2001 roster. Underwood spent his past two seasons at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Bevill State Community College, respectively. While at Bevill State, this 6-foot-6, 235 lb. power forward averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds per game while shooting 60 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line.

In 1999, Underwood graduated from Boaz High School and signed with UAB, but after only one season, transferred to Bevill State where he was selected to the Alabama junior college all-star team. As a high school player in Alabama, he was a first team all-state selection for three consecutive seasons and was also named to the USA Today High School Honorable Mention All-American team.

"Derrick brings a combination of strength and athleticism that will be a great asset to our team," said Union head coach Ralph Turner. Underwood, majoring in communications, joins up again with Bevill State teammate Michael Palmer at Union in hopes of continuing their winning ways by helping to lead the Bulldogs to their fifth consecutive national tournament.


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