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#20 Derek Fountain Season 2024-25

Position
Forward
Height
6'10
Weight
222
Class
Senior
Hometown
Holly Springs, Miss.
High School
Holly Springs HS
Previous School
Mississippi St.

SENIOR SEASON (2023-24)
Played in all 33 games, starting 12, including eight-of-the-last-nine … Six double figure games, 10 for his career … Averaged 5.3 points, 4.2 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game … Shot 51.9 percent from the field (68-of-131) with 13 made three-pointers … 14 points twice – at Alabama (1/27) on 6-of-9 field goals with two three pointers; and vs. North Texas (11/17) in Charleston when he made all six field goal attempts, including a three-pointer and a free throw … Had a 10-10 double double against Northwestern State (12/29), 3-of-3 from field and 4-of-5 at free throw line … Played 108 games in his four years with 48 starts … 64 games in two years at LSU with 35 starts … 6.6 two-year scoring average at LSU.

JUNIOR SEASON (2022-23)
Played in 31 games with 23 starts, missing the two SEC Tournament games with a shoulder injury suffered at the start of tournament week in practice … Averaged a career best 8.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds with 1.2 steals for the season … 11 games in double figures, 15 for his career … In three years has played in 75 games with 36 starts, averaging 17.5 minutes per game … Has 25 career three-pointers in his first three seasons … Career high of 26 at Alabama (2/4), making 6-of-9 field goals, with two treys and 12-of-15 at the free throw line … In two games against Alabama in 2022-23, made 21-of-25 free throw attempts … Second career game of 20 or more … Had four double doubles against NC Central (12/13) 17-14; Arkansas (12/28) 14-10; at Missouri (2/1) 11-11; and, at Florida (3/4) 13-12 … Shot 54.7 percent from the floor (87-of-159), making 77.9 percent of free throws (67-86) … Had four blocks in the 2/4 Alabama game and seven steals versus UNO (11/17).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2021-22 at Mississippi St.)
Averaged 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds, starting three games … Played in 25 games … Best of nine rebounds against Georgia State (12/14) … Also scored in double figures in that game with 10 points on a perfect night from the field, 3-of-3 with one trey … Also, three assists, no turnovers and three steals in 33 minutes … Four career double figure scoring games … In two years has played 44 games with 13 starts … 17 career threes made.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2020-21 at Mississippi St.)
Fountain posted 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds … Shot 48.2 percent from the field (40-of-83), 38.5 percent from three-point territory (15-of-39) and 63.6 percent at the foul line (7-of-11) … Appeared in 19 games and was a member of MSU’s starting five during 10 of the team’s last 12 games … Fifth on the team in scoring … Two of his three games in double figures came during run to NIT Finals … Scored 100 of his 102 points (98.0 percent), grabbed 54 of his 57 rebounds (94.7 percent) and played in 366 of his 374 minutes (97.9 percent) during the team’s last 16 games (Jan. 30-March 28) … Season high with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds against LSU (Feb. 10) … 15 of the 20 points came in the first half … Provided 10 points and a season-high three steals against Saint Louis (March 20) in NIT Round of 16 … Scored 15 points with six rebounds versus Louisiana Tech (March 27) during NIT Semifinals.

PRIOR TO MISSISSIPPI STATE, LSU
A versatile wing man who is a strong shooter, passer, rebounder and defender … Prepped under Kenzaki Jones and Sylvester Kilgore at Holly Springs High School in Holly Springs, Mississippi … Posted 23.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game as a senior in 2019-20 season … Holly Springs went 28-5 en route to the MHSAA Class 3A state semifinals in 2019-20 … Listed among 2019-20 “Dandy Dozen” by Jackson Clarion-Ledger … A two-time All-State selection and Class 3A District 2 Most Valuable Player … 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a junior … Holly Springs was the MHSAA Class 3A state runner-up in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

PERSONAL
Birthdate is July 12, 2002 … Righthanded … Born in Memphis, Tennessee … Mother is Bernita Fountain and Father Truman Deberry … Two siblings: Kendrick and Terinni Fountain … Mother was a two-year basketball letter winner at Southern Miss … Anticipated major at LSU is human development/family science … Favorite food is chicken wings … Favorite pro basketball player is Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics his favorite pro team.

Single Game Highs (at Mississippi State, LSU)
Points – 26, vs Alabama
Rebounds – 14, vs. NC Central, 12/13/22
Assists – 3, three times
Steals – 7, vs. UNO, 11/17/22
Blocks – 4, vs. Alabama, 2/4/23
FG Made – 8, vs. LSU, 2/10/21
FG Attempts – 12, twice
3 FG Made – 4, vs. LSU, 2/10/21
3 FG Attempts – 7, vs. LSU, 2/10/21
FT Made – 12, vs. Alabama, 2/4/23
FT Attempts – 15, vs. Alabama, 2/4/23

Top Scoring Games (at Mississippi State, LSU)
1. 26 – vs. Alabama, 2/4/23
2. 20 — vs. LSU, 2/10/21
3. 17 – vs. NCCU, 12/13/22
4. 15 – vs. UNO, 11/17/22
4. 15 — vs. Louisiana Tech, 3/27/21
6. 14 – at Alabama, 1/27/24
6. 14 – vs. North Texas, 11/17/23
6. 14 – vs. Arkansas, 12/28/22
9. 13 – vs. Texas, 12/16/23
9. 13 – at Florida, 3/4/23
9. 13 – vs. South Carolina, 2/18/23

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