Dewayne Jamal Dedmon was born in 1989 in Lancaster, California. He is the son of Thomas Dedmon and Gail Lewis and has two older sisters. The big center played his high school ball at Lancaster High School. For college, Dedmon stayed close to home, first playing for Antelope Valley College in Lancaster and then transferring to USC. As a college freshman, Dedmon grew three inches and leveled off at seven feet. While at USC, he majored in sociology. Fans can follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@d_dedmon3).