Dereck Oliver started his career at Patterson backing up Aquille Carr and helping the Clippers win their first state championship in school history.
Three years later, Oliver has made his own mark on the program. On Tuesday against Edmondson, Oliver pulled up for a first-quarter jumpshot and scored his 1,000th point. He finished the game with 29 points.
Oliver played in all 28 games his freshman year, starting three, and averaged 3.8 points. In the state semifinal game against Tuscarora, Oliver scored six points in helping the Clippers advance to their second straight state championship game. In the state final, he played 12 minutes as Patterson beat Thomas Stone for the state championship.
From the day that game ended, it become Oliver’s program. He has started each of Patterson’s 62 games dating back to the beginning of his sophomore year.
In his sophomore season he averaged 15.9 points, three assists and 2.5 steals. Oliver notched his career high, scoring 35 points against Owings Mills at the Basketball Academy. He led the Clippers to a near upset of eventual state champion Milford Mill in the playoffs, scoring 13 points.
He upped his scoring output in his junior year, averaging 18.8 points, four assists and 2.5 rebounds. He led the Clippers in a return to Comcast Center, scoring 16 points in a regional final win at Randallstown. He followed that up with 13 points and three assists in a state semifinal loss to eventual champion Potomac.
Oliver has only gotten better in his senior year. Through 11 games he’s averaging 19.5 points. In five City league games, he’s averaging 23.5 points. On Friday against City, he had his sixth straight game of 20 or more points.
Congrats to Dereck on a great career and a well-deserved achievement!