Felder named Spalding® DIII Men's Player of the Year

Charlotte, NC - Derrick Felder has been named the 2019 Spalding NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball Player of the Year. 

The sophomore guard led Herkimer to capture their first NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship since 1991.  Felder was instrumental in the championship win, posting a game-high 23-points in the final game.  This performance earned Felder tournament MVP honors.  The Generals finished the season with a 31-1 record.  

Felder was a strong force for Herkimer all season, leading the Generals to capture the second NJCAA Region III championship during his tenure.  He also led the Generals in three major statistical categories - points per game, assists per game, and steals per game.   


  • Position: Guard 
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Yonkers, NY
  • Major: General Studies 

2018-19 Statistics

  • 15.9 points per game 
  • 53.1 field goal percentage 
  • 71.5 free throw percentage 
  • 5.2 rebounds per game
  • 209 season assists - 7th in NJCAA
  • 2.81 steals per game - 11th in NJCAA

2018-19 Accomplishments

  • NJCAA Region III First Team All-Region
  • NJCAA Region III Player of the Year
  • NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball National Champion
  • NJCAA Division III Men's Basketball First Team All-America

Felder's reaction

"This means a lot, it shows that hard work and dedication pay off.  I was blessed to have such a great coaching staff, support system, and teammates who made me better everyday.  Playing the game of basketball is what I love to do.  I am thankful that I had the opportunity to take the court each and every game and give it my all."    

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