Jasper transfers from UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky basketball player Derrick Jasper, a 6-6 native of Paso Robles, Calif, who has played two seasons in Lexington, has asked for his release from the Wildcats, citing a desire to play closer to home as the reason for his decision

“The decision to transfer is in no way an indication of my experience playing for UK,” Jasper said. “I feel at this point in my life, it is important for me to be close to my family, and I intend to transfer to a school closer to the west coast where I can see my family more often, and they can see me play.

“It was not an easy decision for me to make, since the fans have been so wonderful and very supportive of my teammates and me. I want to thank Coach Gillispie and the entire UK coaching staff for their guidance and support they have given me these past two years. I have grown a tremendous amount as a basketball player, and most importantly a person and feel it is largely due to the people involved with the UK basketball program.”

Jasper played in 20 games for the Wildcats this season after missing the first 10 games of the year while recovering from microfracture knee surgery. He averaged 4.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

“It’s a disappointment to lose Derrick, who was fantastic for us both as a person and a basketball player,” UK Head Coach Billy Gillispie said. “He had to battle through some injuries, but he was always willing to sacrifice for the good of the team.

“I appreciate that Derrick was patient and took his time to make certain that this decision was what he felt was best for his future. We wish him all the best. Where ever he decides to attend will be getting an outstanding player who takes his academics very seriously.”

As a freshman, Jasper started 27 games while averaging 3.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg.


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  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX.KY. on Jun 2, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    SOMETHING,SOMETHING JUST AIN'T RIGHT.LOSING JASPER IS A MAJOR,MAJOR LOSS.RECRUITERS WILL USE THIS AGAINST KY.YOU CAN BELIEVE THAT.HERE'S A KID THAT'S ALREADY IN THE PROGRAM AND THIS COACH COULDN'T CLOSE THE DEAL.LET'S BE FAIR,MANY FUSSED ABNOUT NOT SIGNING LOFTON,WELL THIS COACH DIDN'T SIGN HOPSON.NOW THIS COACH IS HOPING A KID THAT'S NOT ACADEMICALLY INLINE TO LEAD THE CATS NEXT YEAR.WRITE THIS DOWN,THIS HIRE WAS A POOR,POOR MATCH FOR UK.IT'S MY GUT FELLING AS LONG THE CURRENT BB COACH IS AT THE HELM,UK WILL SWEAT GETTING INTO THE NCAA TOURNEY EACH YEAR.YOU GUYS CAN BE EXCITED ABOUT HIS WOMENS BB CAMP(REMEMBER)BUT THERE'S SO MUCH MORE THE MENS BB COACH CAN DO IN THIS COMMUNITY THAN THE ABOVE.AND I AM NOT EXCITED ABOUT WEAKENING THE SHCEDULE FOR THIS GUY.SINCE TUBBY'S DEPARTURE I AM STILL BURNING.IN NO WAY WAS THIS A UPGRADE FOR THIS PROGRAM.SEE THE NBA CHAPIONSHIP GAMES AND YOU'LL SEE TUBBY,PITINO AND JOE B BOYS PLAYING IN THOSE GAMES.THIS GUY HAS NOT PRODUCED NADA ONE.LOCK THAT UP
  • by Georganna Location: Liberty on Jun 1, 2008 at 07:49 PM
    I hate to see Jasper leave UK, he showed alot of heart playing injured the way he did. I wish him the best at his new school.
  • by Brandi Location: McKee on Jun 1, 2008 at 03:52 PM
    I'll miss him A LOT!!! I think he was UK's best player.But I hope he does great whereever he goes.
  • by Rick Schardt Location: Union, Ky on Jun 1, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    We can only wish Derrick the best, he has given us his best, thanks Derrick.
  • by Bob Location: UK on Jun 1, 2008 at 05:23 AM
    Good Riddance
  • by Jim Location: Springfield, Ky. on May 31, 2008 at 07:11 PM
    Wish you the best in the future and thanks for all you have giving to UK
  • by AARON Location: berea on May 31, 2008 at 05:30 PM
    DERRIK'S MAIN PROBLEM I THINK WAS HE MISSED TUBBY. WE WILL BE FINE WITHOUT HIM, HE WAS INJURED ALOT THIS YEAR.I GOT FAITH IN BILLY G TO FILL THE VOID OF LOSING HIM.GOOD LUCK DERRICK! YOU JUST LEFT THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL PROGRAM. HE KNOWS YOU MAY BE THE STAR PLAYER AT YOUR NEW TEAM. TUBBY MAY TAKE YOU!

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