Los Angeles Preps: Derrick Deejay Brown

Principals deny hardship transfer

December, 14, 2011
The unique transfer case of Derrick “Deejay” Brown hit a roadblock when the principals of the Marmonte League decided to deny the Thousand Oaks senior a hardship transfer, thus preventing him from playing basketball.

Brown, a 17-year-old basketball standout from Brooklyn, N.Y., was the subject of an ESPN E:60 story in 2009. His stepfather stabbed him leaving a 10-inch scar on the left side of his face. Brown’s mother, Treena Hunter, was also stabbed by her then-husband, Derrick Hunter, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2008 for the attacks.

Brown ended up at Stoneridge Prep in Simi Valley in November of 2010 to pursue his basketball interests. But he left Stoneridge Prep in June and moved in with Rich Endres, the basketball coach at Thousand Oaks High School, and his wife.

Endres applied for a hardship transfer with the CIF for Brown. After nearly four weeks, the CIF decided to let the Marmonte League principals decide if Brown would be granted a hardship transfer. They unanimously denied it.

Endres was disappointed with the way the CIF handled Brown’s transfer request. When Endres went to the principals meeting, he was not given the opportunity to present Brown’s case.

“Their (CIF’s) purpose is to rule on things of this sort,” Endres said. “I went to the meeting to explain Deejay’s story. They didn’t even let me speak. This young man’s been through a lot. The biggest thing they’re upset about is he’s living with me.”

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