THIS SEASON: Derrick Craven, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior guard in 2005 and identical twin brother of fellow Trojan junior Errick Craven, is an athletic and aggressive player who has a tenacious work ethic on defense. He has matured at point guard for the last two years and will continue to see major time at the position.
2003-2004: Averaged 6.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per game, starting 11 of 27 games as a 2004 junior ... His 79 assists were second on the team and his 33 steals were third ... He had a season-high 16 points in USC's OT win at St. Mary's, going 7-of-7 from the field in 20 minutes. It was the first 7-of-7 performance by a Trojan since Nov. 23, 1999 (Brian Scalabrine) ... The St. Mary's effort followed 11 points vs. UNLV and preceded 11 against Cal State Fullerton, giving him three double-digit efforts in a row for his first time ever ... Played a season-high 31 minutes in USC's win at UCLA and matched it at Oregon ... Had 12 points in USC's win over No. 7 Arizona and had 11 at Cal.
2002-2003: Averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game, starting 25 of 30 games as a 2003 sophomore ... One of only two Trojans to play in every game (along with Desmon Farmer) ... His 40 steals and 70 assists were both the second-highest totals on the team ... Scored in double figures seven times (doing it in back-to-back games three times), including a career-high 17-point effort at UNLV that featured a career-best three three-pointers ... He scored 15 points against California and had 13 points in the season-finale against Oregon ... Had a career-high eight assists at California and made a career-high five steals in USC's Pac-10 tourney win over the Bears ... Averaged 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in USC's wins over UCLA.
2001-2002: As a 2002 freshman, Craven fought off a stress fracture in his right leg that cost him the non-conference schedule and eventually found a niche in the rotation by season's end as a backup point guard ... Averaged 6.5 minutes in 13 games, but played in each of USC's final eight games and averaged 10.0 minutes per game in the last five games ... Played a career-high 20 minutes in the regular-season finale against Oregon State with a career-best four assists and two blocks ... Played 10 minutes against Stanford in the Pac-10 Tournament with two steals and played a combined 12 minutes in the semifinals and finals ... Played 11 minutes off the bench at Arizona, scoring his first two points to go with three assists.
HIGH SCHOOL: Craven prepped at Bishop Montgomery High in Torrance, Calif., where he averaged 16.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 56.0% from the field as a 2001 senior while leading the Knights to both their second consecutive California and CIF Southern Section Division III titles ... Was a 2001 Street & Smith's preseason All-American honorable mention selection, a Daily Breeze All-Area first team pick and shared CIF Division III Player of the Year and Del Rey League MVP honors with his brother Errick for the second consecutive year.
As a junior, Craven averaged 17.1 points, 5.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 steals, helping the Knights to a 28-5 run and a California Division III title ... Named a 2000 USA Today All-American honorable mention and a Daily Breeze All-Area and Los Angeles Times South Bay/Westside first team selection ... He also shared CIF Division III Player of the Year honors with his brother Errick.
As a sophomore in 1999, he averaged 12.4 points per game and earned All-CIF Division III first team, Daily Breeze All-Area third team and Del Rey League first team honors.
SIDELIGHTS: Craven was born on July 4, 1983 ... He is one minute younger than his twin brother, Errick ... Both he and his brother are majoring in economics at USC and he is scheduled to graduate in the spring.
OTHERS ON DERRICK CRAVEN: (South Bay Daily Breeze): "He is one of the top defenders in Southern California."
ON DERRICK AND HIS TWIN ERRICK: (Bob Holtzman of the South Bay Daily Breeze): "Both are capable of making sensational individual plays, but they also lead by example with their unselfish team play and outstanding defense."