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Derek Elston

  • Power Forward
  • Tipton, IN (Tipton)
  • Ht: 6-9 | Wt: 230
  • Birth Date: 6/27/1990
  • CLASS OF 2009


School Interest Offer Recruited By Visit Date
Indiana Indiana Committed (9/10/2007)
Butler Butler Cool -
Purdue Purdue None
Illinois Illinois None -
North Carolina North Carolina None -



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  • 2013 Wrap: Derek Elston

    2013 Wrap: Derek Elston

    Inside Indiana looks back at the season each Hoosier had this past winter, and what’s next. Moving alphabetically down the roster by class, we begin today with Derek Elston. More

  • Pain-free, Elston ready for NCAAs

    Pain-free, Elston ready for NCAAs

    DAYTON, Ohio — Through IU's Big Ten Tournament run last weekend, senior forward Derek Elston kept telling himself his knee felt fine. In the back of his mind, he knew better. More


Elston, like Tom Pritchard and Matt Roth, committed to Indiana when Kelvin Sampson was still in charge, but he honored his commitment and signed with the Hoosiers in 2008. A junior forward with a strong face-up game as well, Elston was a first-team All-State performer and an Indiana All-Star in his senior season at Tipton.

Though his father played at North Carolina, Elston elected to stay in-state. In three years in Bloomington, he has developed into an strong frontcourt bench option. During the 2011-12 season, IU coach Tom Crean became fond of referring to Elston as one of "seven starters," including Will Sheehey and the original starting five, because his ability and improvement meant he would have started, but for the depth in front of him.


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