Brose Baskets signs Zimmerman at point

Nov 08, 2006 by Print
Hours after falling to an 0-2 record in Group A, Brose Baskets Bamberg has strengthened its backcourt with the signing of Derrick Zimmerman. The point guard split time last season with the New Jersey Nets of the NBA and the NBA Development League's Austin Toros. This will be his first experience in Europe. He is known as a pass-first playmaker and a lock-down defender who should give coach Dirk Bauermann numerous options in the backcourt. Zimmerman will likely be eligible for his ULEB Cup debut next Tuesday when Brose Baskets hosts Lietuvos Rytas. Zimmerman (25, 1.95) finished a four-year career at Mississippi State as the school's all-time assists leader with 514 and the all-time games played leader with 127. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 40th overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft, but spent the next two seasons with the Columbus Riverdragons of the NBADL, moving to Austin last year, where he averaged 8.5 points and team-high 6.4 assists and 1.9 steals. Zimmerman played two games for the Nets at the end of the season. He was named NBADL Defensive Player of the Year for each of the past two seasons.