Kids of NBA legends are proving they’re more than a last name. Bronny James is lighting it up at Sierra Canyon. Zaire Wade is headed to the NBA G-League. Shaquille O’Neal’s kids are dunking throughout college basketball.
As for Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls great Dennis Rodman, we got an inside look on his life in Michael Jordan’s ESPN documentary, “The Last Dance.” We learned about his relationship with MJ and Scottie Pippen, his dating escapades with Carmen Electra and Madonna and his infamous in-season trip to Las Vegas.
We didn’t hear much about his kids, but his son Dennis Rodman Jr., who goes by DJ, is carving his own path in Pullman, Washington on the Washington State Cougars basketball team.
Son of Former NBA Star Dennis Rodman
DJ is the son of Dennis Rodman and Michelle Moyer. His younger sister Trinity Rodman is a forward for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
Rodman began his high school hoops career at Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach California. As a sophomore, he averaged 20.2 points and 6.5 rebounds while leading the team to a 22-8 record. He transferred to JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano for his upperclassmen years to play in the Trinity League — one of the most competitive leagues in Southern California. As a junior, he averaged 16.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. He really shined as a senior, averaging 24.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.2 assists en route to first-team All-Trinity League honors.
The small forward signed with Washington State University over Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside, and Sacramento State. WSU head coach Kyle Smith was excited about the commitment:
“DJ is a shotmaker who has a really good feel for the game. He was a very productive player displaying the ability to score and rebound at a high clip in one of the best high school leagues in California, the Trinity League.”Advertisement
The Cougars haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2008, but that could change in the coming years.
DJ Rodman Washington State
Dennis Rodman’s son DJ played 11.9 minutes per game as a freshman. He hit a three in the season opener against Seattle University in nine minutes of action. Throughout the season, his playing time varied. He saw the most action in an eight-game stretch in the middle of the Pac-12 season where he played 19.5 minutes a game. He scored a season-high eight points against Oregon on January 16th, 2020.
The son of the Hall of Fame basketball player more than doubled his playing time as a sophomore, averaging 6.1 points per game on 23.4 minutes of action. He’s seen limited action off the bench as a junior so far. The Cougars sport a 4-0 record in the young college basketball season.
Rodman Jr. has a lot of room to grow at Washington State. He’s shown he can be a great scorer and contributor in the past.
The son of the two-time NBA All-Star may look like his dad, but he’s piloting a course of his own.