Dereck Whittenburg

Men's College Basketball Analyst

Whittenburg joined ESPN in 2010, and works studio on ESPN networks, along with Buzzer Beater and select games on ESPNU. Whittenburg can also be heard on ESPN Radio.

Whittenburg spent seven seasons as the head coach at Fordham. Prior to that, he coached four seasons at Wagner (1999-2003), earning two postseason bids and NEC Coach of the Year honors in 2003. He started his coaching career as an assistant under legendary coach Jim Valvano at his alma mater N.C. State University, followed by time at George Mason, Long Beach State, Colorado, West Virginia and Georgia Tech.

Whittenburg was selected as a court coach for the 2003 USA Basketball Men’s National Team.

Following his collegiate career, Whittenburg was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the third round of the 1983 NBA Draft.

A starting guard at N.C. State, Whittenburg played for, and helped the Wolfpack to the 1983 national title by setting up the winning play for teammate Lorenzo Charles. He is currently ranked 27th on N.C. State’s all-time scoring list and second on the career 3-point shooting percentage list. In his career, Whittenburg was an All-ACC Conference Team member, a two-time ACC Tournament Team member and the West Region and NCAA Finals Most Valuable player.

A Washington, D.C. native, Whittenburg earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from N.C. State in 1984. He is an active member of the V Foundation, established by Valvano to raise money to fight cancer, and sits on the board of directors. Whittenburg was part of the 2001 induction class to the DeMatha Athletic Hall of Fame, and N.C. State retired his jersey number. At DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.), he was a prep school all-American having played for legendary coach Morgan Wooten’s 1978 undefeated national championship team.

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