41 - Derek Risper
|Hometown:||Moreno Valley, Calif.|
|High School:||Canyon Springs HS '03|
|Previous College:||Saddleback CC, Calif.|
2005-06: Was selected as the team's most improved player as he made all six of his starts in EWU's last seven games of the season. In league games only, Risper ranked 11th in the Big Sky with an average of 4.6 rebounds per game, including an average of 2.07 offensive rebounds to rank seventh. He scored in double figures just once, a double-double in a victory over Northern Arizona (2/4/06) when he had 10 points and 10 rebounds as Eastern snapped NAU's 10-game winning streak (longest in NCAA Division I at the time) and handed the Lumberjacks their first league loss in nine games. Junior College: Played two seasons at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he helped lead his team to 50 victories. As a sophomore, Saddleback finished 28-3 and advanced to the semifinals of the California Community College State Tournament. Saddleback finished 13-1 to win the Orange Empire Conference title as three other starters from that team signed to play at NCAA Division I schools (Utah State, Long Beach State and Illinois-Chicago). Risper averaged nearly 10 points and more than seven rebounds per game while making almost 60 percent of his shots from the field. He led the team in scoring twice and rebounding seven times. He scored 17 points and had five rebounds in a quarterfinal victory of the State Tournament. In December 2004, he was the Gaucho Classic MVP as he led his team to three-straight victories and the tourney championship. He scored 15 of his 21 points and had seven of his nine rebounds in the second half of the title game, an 87-78 victory over Compton. He had 12 points and 14 rebounds in a semifinal victory. At the time, Saddleback was 10-0 and the top-ranked community college in California. Also in the 2004-05 season, Risper had 13 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Rio Hondo, and one game later against Orange Coast, he had 15 boards. As a freshman, the Gauchos finished 22-7 overall and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. High School: Graduated in 2003 from Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. As a senior in high school he was a first team All-Ivy League selection and earned second team All-California Interscholastic Federation accolades. Personal: Born Aug. 26, 1985, in Los Angeles, Calif. Communications major. Son of Donald and Rebecca Risper. He has a brother (Dewhan, 28) and one sister (Jennifer, 19). Nickname is "D-babie."