Well-traveled junior guard Derrick Millinghaus has found a new school. The former Ole Miss guard transferred to Southeastern Louisiana before the 2014-15 season but found himself on the move once again this winter. The 5-foot-10 native of New York will transfer to Tennessee Tech.
Millinghaus announced his decision on Twitter:
Millinghaus was already sitting out the 2014-2015 season per NCAA transfer rules. In his sophomore season with the Rebels, Millinghaus averaged 6.6 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game while starting nine games.
While he struggled shooting from the field, only hitting 34 percent of his shots, the OVC should be a better level of play for Millinghaus.
After playing two seasons at Ole Miss guard Derrick Millinghaus transferred to Southeast Louisiana last spring, and after sitting out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules he was expected to have two years of eligibility remaining. However Millinghaus is on the move again, as according to Patrick Magee of the Sun-Herald the guard’s request to be released from his scholarship has been granted.
Millinghaus made a total of 15 starts in his two seasons at Ole Miss, averaging 5.9 points and 2.0 assists in 15.9 minutes of action per game. What makes Millinghaus’ decision to leave Southeast Louisiana without having played a game for the program is the status of his brother Shadell at Southern Miss.
After making the decision last month to leave the Southern Miss basketball program, Shadell had a change of heart and returned to Doc Sadler’s team with the news being announced Friday. Millinghaus’ decision gives the Golden Eagles another guard to call upon on a team that essentially used a seven-man rotation in a 63-56 loss to UAB Saturday (Millinghaus did not play).
Magee wrote the following about Derrick receiving his release from Southeast Louisiana:
Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jay Ladner confirmed Saturday that Millinghaus’s brother, Derrick, has been granted his release there so he can transfer. It’s unclear where he will land, but maybe he will follow his brother back to USM.
Whatever school Derrick Millinghaus attends next will be his third in four years. The 5-foot-10 guard played his first two years of college basketball at Ole Miss and was sitting out this season at Southeastern Louisiana because of NCAA transfer rules.
If the two brothers do end up on the same USM team, you can’t fault the men for wanting to attend college and play basketball together.
Of course the key word in that second sentence is “maybe,” but it should be noted that Shadell did have interest in joining Derrick at Southeast Louisiana before ultimately deciding to return to Southern Miss. Southern Miss loses senior Chip Armelin at the end of this season, and they’ll add former Dayton PG Khari Price to the fold.
For a team that has struggled with depth issues all season long, the possibility of adding another guard in the form of Derrick Millinghaus would be a positive.
Southeastern Louisiana has added Ole Miss transfer Derrick Millinghaus, the school announced on Tuesday.
Millinghaus is a 5-foot-10 point guard originally from Schenectady, N.Y. He spent the lasts two seasons with the Rebels, averaging 6.6 points while starting nine games as a sophomore.
Millinghaus will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season per NCAA transfer rules.
New SeLa head coach Jay Ladner is going hard after transfers this spring. He already brought in former Murray State guard Zay Jackson, who is coming off of a devastating knee injury that he suffered a year after sitting out a season after running a man over with his car in a Walmart parking lot.
The high school coaches for both Jackson and Millinghaus, who did a prep year at Believe Academy (NC), are two of Ladner’s three assistants.
As part of a five-team logjam at 7-7 in the SEC standings, Ole Miss is hopeful that in their last four regular season games they’ll be able to set themselves apart from the pack despite entering Wednesday on a four-game losing streak. Andy Kennedy’s team hosts Alabama on Wednesday night, and they’ll do so without the services of one member of their backcourt rotation.
Wednesday afternoon it was announced that Kennedy has suspended sophomore guard Derrick Millinghaus indefinitely for a violation of team ruled. Millinghaus, who averaged 5.3 points per game as a freshman, is playing 19.5 minutes and accounting for 7.2 points and 2.4 assists per game this season.
After getting off to a good start in SEC play, averaging 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in wins over Auburn and Mississippi State in early January, Millinghaus hasn’t been as effective in his role. In the 12 SEC games that followed Millinghaus averaged 2.3 points and 1.9 assists per game.
Ole Miss does lose a body in its backcourt as a result of Millinghaus’ suspension, but as long as the trio of Marshall Henderson, Jarvis Summer and LaDarius White remains available they should be fine.
Facing their first true test of the season against Georgia Tech in the second annual Barclays Classic, Mississippi — behind 16 points from Derrick Millinghaus — defeated the Yellow Jackets 77-67. With their win, Mississippi will face Penn State in the championship game of the classic on Saturday afternoon, who beat St. John’s in overtime, 89-82.
When the Rebels take the floor, all eyes tend to focus on Marshall Henderson. Despite coming off of the bench against Georgia Tech, Henderson wasn’t bashful with his shot as he hoisted up 16 of them — 14 from beyond the arc — making four three-pointers en route to a 15 point effort. However, center Demarco Cox had a big game scoring 15 points and pulling down 13 rebounds; Georgia Tech had no answer for him inside.
The game was close midway through the first half as a Marcus Georges-Hunt layup made it 22-16 in favor of Mississippi with 9:23 remaining, but the Yellow Jackets would score just five points the rest of the half, and trailed 35-21 at the break. The lead ballooned to 21 on a Demarco Cox layup with 4:24 remaining in regulation, but Georgia Tech went on a late run to make the final score appear more respectable.
The lone bright spot for Georgia Tech was the play of sophomore guard Solomon Poole who scored a career high 24 points on 9-16 shooting coming off the bench. Conversely, Poole’s classmate, Chris Bolden, continues to struggle. Bolden was just 1-8 from the field and is now shooting a paltry 20.5% on the young season. If the Yellow Jackets are to have success this season, Bolden has to be better.
Mississippi will be challenged tomorrow against Penn State and their talented back court of D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier, who combined to score 54 points against the Red Storm.