Scan the Earlham College men’s basketball record books, and the name Darrell Hutchison Jr. will not be listed. By all rights, it should be.
Hutchison closed out his stellar career with Quaker basketball with 924 career points. Those numbers could have been much higher; he missed a total of eight regular season games due to injury during his junior and senior seasons alone, and he saw the floor in only two games as a freshman.
Hutchison’s scoring prowess is attributable to his 14.4 points per game scoring average - higher than 11 of the 26 players on Earlham’s list of 1000-point scorers. One of the best pure shooters to come through the program in recent years, Hutchison connected on 47.0 percent (365-of-776) of his attempts from the floor over his parts-of-four seasons in maroon and white.
Off the floor, Hutchison has become a leader among Earlham’s student-athletes. He is active in Earlham’s Black Men United group as well as the Student Government Union.
Hutchison was recently selected to receive the Marge Kroeger Award from the Christamore House Guild in Indianapolis, in recognition of his summer volunteer work at the Christamore House, a community-based youth education and senior center in the Haughville neighborhood of Indy.
“Unlike most scholars, Darrell chose to spend most of his volunteer hours with the seniors in the senior center, playing games, running errands, and, most importantly of all, just talking. His positive attitude, contagious smile and commitment to helping others made him an outstanding volunteer,” notes the letter from the Christamore House Guild Scholarship Committee in recognizing Hutchison’s three years of volunteer service.
A few minutes with Darrell Hutchison Jr.:
What attracted you to Earlham College?
“The diverse culture, rigorous academics, and athletics are the things that attracted me to Earlham College.”
What’s the best class you’ve taken so far at Earlham?
“The best class I’ve taken thus far is (Psychology of Happiness) taught by Professor Vince Punzo.”
Are you involved with any other clubs/organizations here on campus?
“I am involved in Black Men United social club, Black Student Union, student government, and the student graduation committee.”
Have you been involved with any community service projects during your time here at Earlham?
“My group Black Men United has done community service projects with the Boys and Girls Club of Richmond.”
What are you hoping to do after graduation?
“After graduation I will be attending graduate school to receive my MBA in marketing. I will also be working full time and assistant coaching high school basketball part time.”
How has being a student-athlete shaped your Earlham experience?
“Being a student-athlete has made my Earlham experience an exciting one. I was able to play the game I love at the collegiate level and for that I will be forever grateful.”
What has been your most memorable moment as an athlete since arriving at Earlham?
“My most memorable experience as a student-athlete came when we beat Anderson at home my senior season. I got my career high 26 points and we were unstoppable as a team that game.”
The future belongs to the ones who prepare for it today.
Pre-game/pre-competition ritual or superstition?
Pre-game ritual was prayer and a package of Gusher candy
Three things on your “bucket list”?
- Travel to Dubai
- Buy a Rolls-Royce
- Meet Kobe Bryant