USC Announces Its 2008 Men's Basketball recruiting Class
Nov. 19, 2007
Guard Demar DeRozan of Compton, Calif. has sent his signed National Letter of Intent to USC, where he will be a member of Tim Floyd's Trojans. Also signing NLI with USC were Percy "Romeo" Miller from Beverly Hills, Calif. and Donte Smith from Pomona, Calif. With these three signings, the Trojans earned the No. 8 rated recruiting class nationally by HoopScoop.
DeRozan, a 6-7, 200-pound guard, averaged 22.3 points per game as a junior leading Compton High to a Moore League title and 26 wins. He really excelled this past summer while playing in the NBA Players Association Camp in Richmond, Va., the Nike-sponsored Kobe Bryant "Wing" Camp at Mater Dei High and the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio.
"Demar is one of the elite players in the country," said Floyd. "He has always been a spectacular athlete and in the last year in a half has worked extremly hard to refine his skills and now many people believe he is the best perimeter player in the country. In addition to that, he's a terrific person. It is important for us to try and sign the best player in our city. A lot of kids look up to him because of him being a great kid, a great player and a great student."
DeRozan was ranked by Hoopscoop.com at the top rated player at the LeBron James Skills Academy held last July. Draft Express wrote after the LeBron Skills Academy, "DeRozan continued to show everyone in attendance why he is the top shooting guard in the nation, as he honestly looked like an NBA wing out there with high school kids on Sunday. As far as scoring is concerned, there isn't much that he didn't show out there. The USC recruit shot the ball from three-point range (both off of the dribble and from a standstill), got to the rim at will, and was downright money from midrange."
DeRozan is the No. 2 ranked high school player in the country by Rivals.com and by Hoopscoop.com and was a first-team selection to the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best In The West Team.
Miller, a 5-11, 170-pound point guard from Beverly Hills High in Beverly Hills, Calif., averaged 13.9 points and 5.6 assists as a junior. Miller played at the 2006 ABCD Camp as one of the top 200 high school basketball players.
"He is a very unselfish point guard who plays exceptionally hard," said Floyd. "You can't have enough guys on your team who you think are reliable and dependable and have a tremendous upside. He is going to be playing on one of the better high schools in the area and it is always been important to us to have point guards coming in that know how to win."
Miller, formerly known as Lil' Romeo, has released five rap and hip-hop albums and had a television show titled, Romeo! Miller also co-starred in a yet to be released movie "Sweetwater" in which he plays Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, the first African-American basketball player to play for an NBA team. Millier is also the son of rapper and hip-hop mogul Master P, who had tryouts with two NBA teams in the 1990s.
Smith, a 5-11, 170-pound guard from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., is sitting out this season so he can join USC next year as a sophomore and have three years of eligibility remaining. In his one year of playing at Mt. SAC, he averaged 21.7 points per game, with a season best of 37 points, and made 100 three-point shots. Smith is rated as the No. 1 junior college player by the Jerry Mullens Report.
As a senior at Diamond Ranch HS in Pomona, Calif., Smith averaged 18.4 points, 3.2 steals, 4.2 assists and shot 58 percent from threepoint range.
"We fell in love with Donte at our camp during the summer," said Floyd. "He has a great command of running a team. When we lost Gabe Pruitt to the pros, we felt like we needed to add another point guard to the program. He shot 58 percent from three-point range in high school and has the ability to make those around him better."