Full Name: DeMar DeRozan Position: Forward Height/Weight: 6-7/ 220 Birthdate: August 9, 1989 High School: Compton H.S. College: USC
Career Highlights: Named the Pac-10 Tournament MVP in his freshman year, averaging 21 points and 9.0 rebounds in USC's run to the title. DeRozan was named a 2007-08 McDonald's All-American, 2007-08 Best in the West first team selection and second-leading vote getter, 2008 Parade All-American first team selection and an L.A. Times All-Star. Named to USA TODAY's 2008 All-USA second team and invited to play in the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. DeRozan shared the 2008 Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association I-AA Player of the Year honors, was named to the California All-State team and was named Moore League MVP. He was ranked as the 2008 No. 1 high school senior basketball player by Draft Express, No. 2 by HoopScoopOnline, No. 3 by Rivals.com, No. 4 by HoopsReport.com, No. 6 by ScoutHoops.com (No. 1 small forward), No. 6 in Sports Illustrated's Takkle Top 25 and No. 8 by ESPN.
Freshman (2008-09): Recorded four double-doubles during the season and scored in double figures in 26 of 33 games, including the last seven. He ranked eighth in the conference with 2.4 offensive rebounds per game and fourth in Pac-10 games only with 3.1 per game. He also hit .525 percent of his shots, good for eighth in the conference. In the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals vs. Cal, DeRozan had 17 points and 11 rebounds, followed by 21 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in the semifinal win over UCLA. In the finals vs. Arizona State, he tallied a season-high 25 points on 10-16 shooting.
Freshman (2007-08): Averaged 29.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.0 steals in leading Compton High to a 24-6 record and its second consecutive Moore League championship. Compton was ranked fourth in the final SCIBCA regular season poll and they reached the DI-AA quarterfinals where they lost 62-55 to No. 5 Santa Margarita, snapping a 14-game winning streak. Scored 30 or more points 12 times, with a high game of 47 in a 100-88 win vs.
Gahr on Dec. 27. Led Compton back from an 11-point deficit with 1:22 left with a scoring outburst of 16 straight points in a 74-73 win vs. J. Serra on Dec. 15. He finished with 45 points in the win. Five times he recorded double-figures in rebounds, with a game high of 18 vs. Jordan High on Dec. 17. Averaged 22.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.2 steals per game to lead Compton to a 26-7 record and the Moore League championship. As a sophomore he averaged 22.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and scored 26.1 points and grabbed 8.4 rebounds per game as a freshman.
Strengths: Versatile wing prospect who can do a little bit of anything on the floor. Uses athleticism and speed to finish effectively in transition and around the rim but also displays mid-range shooting game. Rebounds well for his position and is reportedly highly coachable with a strong work ethic.
Personal:His father, Frank, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram that when DeMar was 10 he started doing 10 toe raises on each of the steps (15 of them) that led upstairs in their house, as well as squats,
sit-ups and push-ups before going to bed, without anyone telling him to do it. He reportedly first dunked a basketball in sixth grade.
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