Derrick Bruce a 6'3 Point Guard who was part of Oregon State's 19th-ranked recruiting class from last year is transferring to Northwest Florida State. Jeff Goodman announced it on twitter today.
Oregon State transfer Derrick Bruce is headed to Northwest Florida State, coach Steve DeMeo told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 27, 2016
Derrick Bruce came on late in the season as a Freshman and started in the NCAA tournament after Tres Tinkle was ruled out with injury. During Oregon State's last four games Bruce averaged 14.8 points per game and had a team-high 5 assists in the NCAA tournament loss.
It was announced in April that Derrick Bruce had left Oregon State and was no longer enrolled in classes. He was quoted by Oregonlive.com back in January saying that the life of a student-athlete was challenging at times.
"When I first got here, school was overwhelming. It made me not want to go to the gym as much because I had so much stuff to do in class and then coach was on me about getting it done. Sometimes I would miss going to the gym to do some work."
- Derrick Bruce
Northwest Florida State is located in Niceville, Florida and it's program competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Northwest Florida State is not considered a Division-I program and as such, Derrick Bruce will be eligible to play immediately.
Oregon State still has two remaining scholarships for next year, and is actively searching for more junior college transfers like Keondre Dew to join the team. Wayne Tinkle and his staff are also pursuing graduate transfers to add more veteran leaders to his young roster.