Derron Wooten: A True Man, On and Off the Court

Mike PendletonCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2010

The next time you lace up your basketball shoes, sit in your seat to watch a game, or get ready to praise the next best basketball player, think of Derron Wooten.

He's pretty damn good at this game.

At 6'0" and 168 pounds, this shooting guard from Millikin University does exactly what his position states—he shoots. He knows what he has to do to make himself effective; whether it's coming off screens or just doing a traditional catch and shoot, Derron knows he has to score.

Wooten is a consistent reminder that the game of basketball is just that—a game.

He also knows basketball isn't life-everlasting; when I asked Derron what his next step is, he said, "To get a job, earn money, and live a good life."

He also knows it's not all about him. Derron has said he enjoys working out, chilling with his friends and family, and then being able to have alone time for himself; that's how he spends his time off the court.

He also knows spending his time off the court is not just about those around him; he has a positive outreach to the kids. Derron knows it's important to reach out to the youth because they are the future, so he molds himself to be a positive role model.

Basketball is more then just a game and while we will be following Derron on and off the court, it's great to see a young man like himself take the game outside of the lines and realize there's more to life.

Derron Wooten: the story of a young man driven by life, not just basketball.