DeRozan with the Raptors
|No. 10 – Toronto Raptors|
August 7, 1989 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||216 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Compton (Compton, California)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Toronto Raptors|
|Career highlights and awards|
DeMar Darnell DeRozan (born August 7, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Toronto Raptors in the National Basketball Association (NBA). DeRozan played college basketball at USC for the Trojans. He was selected 9th overall by the Raptors in the 2009 NBA Draft. In 2014, he was selected to play for the All-Star team as a reserve.
- 1 Early life
- 2 High school career
- 3 College career
- 4 NBA career
- 5 NBA career statistics
- 6 Awards and honors
- 7 Personal life
- 8 References
- 9 External links
High school career
He played on the varsity basketball team for all four years of high school. As a freshman, he averaged 26.1 points and 8.4 rebounds. During his sophomore year, he averaged 22.6 points and 8.4 rebounds, while as a junior he averaged 22.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 3.2 steals.
As a senior averaging 29.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg, DeRozan led Compton High School to a 26-6 record, a second consecutive Moore League championship and the CIF Division IAA Southern Section quarter-finals. For his efforts he was awarded the Moore League Most Valuable Player Award and named to the California All-State team. DeRozan was a member of the 2008 McDonald's All-American Team, and also won the 2008 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Competition. He was also invited to play in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden and the Nike Hoop Summit, where he scored a team-high 17 points. DeRozan's achievements on the court in his senior year saw him earn First Team Parade All-America honors and First Team Best in the West honors.
In November 2007 DeRozan signed a letter of intent to play basketball at USC. He chose USC over Arizona State and North Carolina, deciding to join his friend, musician-actor-basketball player Romeo Miller, to play for the Trojans.
In his first game for the Trojans, DeRozan scored a team-high 21 points with seven rebounds in an exhibition game against Azusa Pacific; an 85–64 victory at the Galen Center. DeRozan had 14 points in his first career regular season game in a win over UC Irvine. He scored 21 points along with a career-high 13 rebounds against UCLA in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals, before scoring a career-high 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting to lead his team to a 61-49 win over Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament final. His efforts in the tournament saw him earn First Team Pac-10 All-Freshman honors in addition to being named Pac-10 Tournament MVP.
DeRozan started all 35 season games for the Trojans, scoring in double figures 28 times and posting four double-doubles. He ranked third on team in points (13.9 ppg), second in rebounds (5.7 rpg), third in assists (1.5 apg), and second in field-goal percentage (.523, eighth-best in conference). DeRozan followed his regular-season efforts by averaging 19.8 points in USC's five postseason games. His 485 points ranks third all-time and his 201 rebounds is fourth all-time for a USC freshman.
On April 8, 2009, DeRozan announced he would enter the 2009 NBA Draft and forgo his final three years of eligibility at USC. On June 25, 2009, DeRozan was selected ninth overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2009 NBA Draft. He stated that part of the reason he left for the NBA after only one year at USC was to help take better care of his mother, who suffers from lupus.
On July 9, 2009, DeRozan was signed to a rookie scale contract by the Raptors. As the fourth contestant in the 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition, DeRozan lost in the final round against three time champion Nate Robinson. The final percentage was 51% to 49%. DeRozan was selected to compete for the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Competition as a replacement for Bucks' guard Brandon Jennings due to his foot injury. He finished in third place. On December 31, 2010, DeRozan scored a then-career high of 37 points against the Houston Rockets. He matched that career high two more times against the Utah Jazz on November 12, 2012 and against the Chicago Bulls on November 15, 2013.
In the 2013-14 season, DeRozan had a breakout year for the Raptors averaging career-highs of 22.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 30% from beyond the arc, and finished fourth in total free-throws made and 7th in attempts in the NBA. He lead the Raptors to a 48-34 record as 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
On January 22, 2014, DeRozan scored a career high of 40 points against the Dallas Mavericks, shooting 15 of 22 from the field resulting in a win. On January 30, 2014, DeRozan was selected for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve guard for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. He finished the game with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 15 minutes. On February 1, 2014, DeRozan had a career high 12 assists along with 36 points in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
On March 28, 2014, DeRozan led the Raptors to a playoff berth for the first time since 2008, with a victory over the Boston Celtics. He scored 30 points in the win, along with 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. On April 13th, 2014, DeRozan took over the 4th quarter with 14 points and led the team with 30 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to tie a franchise record of 47 wins over the Detroit Pistons.
In DeRozan's first playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 19th 2014, DeRozan scored 14 points on a 3/13 shooting as the game resulted in a loss. In game 2, DeRozan bounced back and scored 30 points on 9/21 shooting for a 100-95 Raptors win. On April 25th 2014, DeRozan scored 30 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in a Raptors loss. That 30 point game made DeRozan the first Raptor to score 30 points in back-to-back playoffs games. He became the first Raptor to score 30 in multiple playoff games since Vince Carter. DeRozan and the Raptors lost to the Nets in a 104-103 defeat. DeRozan had 18 points and 6 assists while battling a flu. He ended off his first career playoff series with averages of 23.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists through 7 games.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Awards and honors
High school, college and NBA
- 2006 All-Moore League First Team
- 2007 All-Moore League First Team
- 2007 Named to the Los Angeles Times First Team
- 2008 Parade Magazine All-America First Team
- 2008 Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West First Team
- 2008 McDonald's High School All-American
- 2008 Jordan Brand All-American Classic
- 2008 Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association I-AA Player of the Year (tied with two others)
- 2008 All-State Team
- 2009 Pac-10 Tournament Champion
- 2009 Named Most Outstanding Player in Pac-10 Tournament
- 2014 NBA All-Star
NBA career highs
- Points: 40 on January 22, 2014 against the Dallas Mavericks
- Rebounds: 10 on April 5, 2011 against the New York Knicks
- Assists: 12 on February 1, 2014 against the Portland Trail Blazers
- Blocks: 4 on December 5, 2012 against the Sacramento Kings
- Steals: 4 on January 19, 2011 against the San Antonio Spurs
DeRozan is engaged to Kiara Morrison, whom he went to University of Southern California with. DeRozan and Morrison's daughter, Diar, was born on May 12, 2013. He and his family currently reside in Toronto.
- "Draft 2009 Prospects - DeMar DeRozan", NBA.com, accessed 28 June 2009
- Scout.com Class of 2008 Basketball Rankings
- High School Info
- DeRozan wins 2008 Mcdonald's All-American Game Dunk Contest
- Jordan Brand Classic Stats
- Jon Weinbach (March 7, 2008). A Hot Prospect? The Wall Street Journal. Accessed July 28, 2008.
- Gary Klein, DeMar DeRozan lifts USC in exhibition win, Los Angeles Times, November 4, 2008, Accessed November 4, 2008.
- DeRozan Scores 14 in Debut
- Hackett provides defense as Trojans rally, topple No. 15 Sun Devils
- USC's DeRozan says he's entering NBA draft
- DeRozan driven to improve mother's health
- Raptors Sign First-Round Pick DeMar DeRozan
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