It may not qualify as renewing the Chicago Bulls vs. Los Angeles Lakers rivalry, but two sons of these legendary squads are pairing up on the same basketball team. Only, this time it comes on the USC Trojans instead of the NBA.
In this case, it’s DJ Rodman, son of Dennis, who’s committed to play college basketball at USC, where he’s set to join Bronny James next season. Rodman previously played for the Washington State Cougars but is now transferring after four seasons of play.
Rodman, 6-foot-6, started 30 of 31 games for Washington State last season where he averaged 9.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Unlike his dad, Rodman has developed a knack for his outside shooting, where DJ shot 38.1% from distance on 4.3 attempts per game. Yet one trait that’s seemingly ingrained in the Rodman’s genes is their ability to clean the glass, where DJ ranked 12th in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds last season.
As if watching LeBron James’ son plus No. 1 recruit Isaiah Collier wasn’t enough for college basketball enthusiasts, now those tuning into Trojans broadcasts will also get to see Rodman play out the final year of his collegiate career.
The Trojans went 22-11 last season, reaching the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated in the first round of play. Needless to say, the expectations heading into 2023 will be much higher, especially once March Madness reaches a fever pitch.