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Derrick "Rick" Mahorn

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Derrick "Rick" Mahorn, Hampton

The 6-10, 240-lb forward/center owned 18 school records at the conclusion of his four-year career (1976-77 through 1979-80). Mahorn scored 2,418 points (second in Hampton history) and averaged 20.3 ppg in 119 games. He also had 1,465 rebounds (12.3 rpg) which ranks him first. His field goal percentage was 53.4 (982/1,839) and his free throw percentage was 68.2 (454-666). He also remains the Hampton career leader in points for a single season (855) and single game (48), as well as the single-season and single-game leader in rebounds. The Pirates recorded an overall record of 82-38 (.683), a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) mark of 48-20 (.706) and participated in two NAIA tournaments during Mahorn’s four seasons. Named all-conference three times, Mahorn was the CIAA’s most outstanding player as a junior following the 1978-79 season. A three-time, NAIA all-American as sophomore, junior, and senior, Mahorn also earned AP Little all-American honors in 1979. He also was a second-team member of the NABC’s NCAA Division II all-American teams in 1979 and 1980. Mahorn led all Division II rebounders in 1979-80 with 490 boards.

He was inducted into the CIAA’s John B. McClendon Hall of Fame in 2003, the Hampton Hall of Fame in 2009, and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. Mahorn had five recorded 40+ scoring games, including a career-high of 48 vs. Fayetteville in the 1979-80 campaign. He had nine games in which he had 20 or more rebounds during his Pirates’ career. His single-game, high-rebounding effort came against Winston-Salem in 1979-80 season, when he pulled down 28 boards to go with a 41-point game. Mahorn was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the second round (35th overall selection) in the 1980 NBA Draft.

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