Derik Queen, the No. 2 ranked power forward in the nation, has narrowed his list of schools down to four. Moving forward, the 6-foot-9, 230-pound senior out of Montverde Academy (Fla.) will consider Houston, Indiana, Kansas, and Maryland. He has visited each school and a decision is likely to come before the early signing period (Nov. 8-15).
In addition to his finalists, Queen also received offers from LSU, Arizona, Syracuse, Auburn, Alabama, Georgetown, Texas, and others.
According to the On3 Industry Rankings, Queen is a four-star recruit and the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2024 cycle. The On3 Industry Ranking is a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
About Derik Queen
Derik Queen is originally from Baltimore, and he began his high school career at St. Francis Academy before transferring to national powerhouse program Montverde Academy. When he was just 17 years old, Queen was the only member of the 2024 recruiting class invited to try out for the USA U18 National Team. Queen didn’t make the cut with the older team, but he left a lasting impression on his peers and coaches. “Derik has a very versatile skill set for his size,” USA Basketball coach Don Showalter told Zagsblog. “I especially like to way he competes on the court every play and obviously loves the game.” Queen said he likes impacting the game by scoring, rebounding and playing defense. “I also like making plays for my teammates, talking and knowing where everybody is supposed to be,” Queen told Zagsblog. During his junior season at Montverde, Queen averaged 11.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and shot 64%. He played AAU basketball for Team Thrill, a member of the Under Armour Association.
“Derik Queen is a big-framed post player. He is very skilled, with big hands, strength, and confidence with the ball. He can score on the block, over both shoulders. He has footwork, patience, and an array of counters over both shoulders. He can face up and knock down a shot from three. He can also attack off the bounce as a trail big or from the high post. The athleticism is a question. Where does he guard moving forward as a below-the-rim post? When the motor is running hot, he is a good area rebounder and is an adept scorer at multiple levels.” – On3’s Jamie Shaw