Basketball


The basketball programme at Derby University is great for elite and developing players. Players have the opportunity to compete at a high level in BUCS, as well as being coached by ex-professional players. Basketball has a very strong and professional set up at Derby, and the future is bright.

The National Basketball League
Senior NBL competitions continue to attract new entry teams, with over 20 new additions from all areas of the country being welcomed for the coming season. Entering the entering the National Basketball League (NBL) was a vital step to progressing the basketball programme and provides a great opportunity for our students to compete at a senior level. We have very high hopes for this new venture and aim to be competing at the top level in the not too distant future.


Meet the coaching staff


Dan Watts

Head Coach

Dan has played and coached for over 15 years, and the sport has taken him around the world. He has won several individual awards as a player and was even one of our Team Derby scholars, winning 3 straight championships with Team Derby as a student. 
 “I have honed my coaching expertise as a scholar while studying a BA in sports studies and an MRes in sport and exercise. I have applied this knowledge to developing local grass roots talent for several clubs and have won national championships with youth and college basketball teams. I am excited to coach the BUCS team and play alongside them in the NBL.”


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