LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California basketball roster is becoming star-studded by the moment.
The Trojans had already landed Bronnie James, son of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. Now, DJ Rodman has announced on social media that he is moving to USC, confirming his new signing on Wednesday.
The son of NBA rebound star Dennis Rodman has played at Washington State for the past four seasons. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds last season while starting 30 of 31 games for the Cougars.
Rodman received his bachelor’s degree in communications from WSU. He will benefit from an NCAA rule granting an additional one-year eligibility to play for the Trojans near his hometown of Newport Beach due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coach Andy Enfield also said on Wednesday that the Trojans had received a signed national memorandum of understanding from James. The guard announced on his social media last weekend that he was committed to the Trojans, and his father discussed it after the Lakers’ playoff win.
The Trojans have already signed guard Isaiah Collier and forward Arrinten Page. They join returning starters Boogie Ellis, Kobe Johnson and Joshua Morgan. Ellis posted a team-high 17.7 points last season while Johnson and Morgan were named to the Pac-12’s all-defensive team.
USC had a 22-11 record last season and reached the NCAA tournament for the third straight season. The Trojans lost to Michigan State 72-62 in the first round.
James averaged 13.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals as a senior at the Sierra Canyon School in nearby Chatsworth. He was named a McDonald’s All-American and played for Team USA at the Nike Hoop Summit.
Collier, from Marietta, Georgia, was the West team’s top scorer in the McDonald’s All-American game with 25 points and was named co-MVP.
Page was a teammate of Collier’s at Wheeler High in Marietta.