Schroder was born in Braunschweig, Germany in 1994. His late father was German and his mother is Gambian. Schroder has two brothers and two sisters. As a youngster, Schroder played soccer and skateboarded before switching to basketball at age 11. Before the NBA, Schroder played three seasons at various levels of the German Basketball League. He declared for the 2013 NBA Draft a few months before his 20th birthday. Sometimes known as Dennis "The Menace", his favorite food is chicken alfredo. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@DennisMike93).