Kids of NBA legends are proving they’re more than a last name. Bronny James lit it up as a freshman at Sierra Canyon. Zaire Wade will be making a college decision soon. Shaquille O’Neal’s kids are dunking and raving during quarantine.
The son of Chicago Bulls great Dennis Rodman, 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
Rodman began his high school 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 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.”
The Cougars haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2008, but that could change in the coming years.
DJ Rodman Washington State
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.
Rodman Jr. has a lot of room to grow at Washington State. He’s shown he can be a great scorer in the past, and he’s still adjusting to the college game.
The son of the two-time NBA All-Star may look like his dad, but he’s piloting a course of his own.