DeRozan Shows Perimeter Game

For Demar DeRozan, the knock has always been on whether he can shoot the ball from the perimeter and whether he plays hard all the time. The 6-foot-6 Compton High (Calif.) junior wing, who is still recovering from an ankle injury, proved he can make jumpers - and he's starting to learn to give more effort.

It's almost been a blessing in disguise for Demar DeRozan.

The ultra-athletic 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior out of Compton High (Calif.) is still working his way back from an ankle injury that forced him to miss a trio of games. DeRozan has been forced to settle for perimeter shots – which has long been considered the weakness of his game.

However, DeRozan showed that he can make shots from the perimeter on Saturday night when he made some early jumpers and finished with 17 points in a victory at Lakewood High.

DeRozan wasn't able to get the crowd going with his usual array of highlight-film dunks. Instead, he displayed a nice feel for the game. He passed the ball extremely well and showed nice form on his outside shot.

``My jump shot was working for me tonight," DeRozan said. "I've been working on it a lot."

``He's very unselfish and tries to keep his teammates involved," Compton coach Tony Thomas added. "Tonight was the first time I've really seen him jump in three weeks."

DeRozan missed three games after suffering an ankle injury at the Torrey Pines Tournament.

Compton has normally played second fiddle to teams such as Compton Dominguez and Centennial in the area, but DeRozan and fellow junior big man Edgar Garibay have led the team to a 16-4 record – the program's best start in a decade.

California is the most aggressive suitor for DeRozan, but Thomas said that every Pac-10 team has a scholarship offer on the table.

DeRozan also mentioned that Florida State, USC and Marquette have expressed significant interest. He also said that he is receiving looks from Illinois, Louisville, UConn, UCLA and Arizona. Bruins coach Ben Howland was at DeRozan's game earlier in the week against Centennial.

``I'd like to go somewhere that my family can see me play as a freshman," DeRozan said. ``But if the best school for me to to go away, that's what I'll do. I'm just trying to find the best situation for me."

Notes: DeRozan's teammate, 6-foot-8 1/2 junior Edgar Garibay, picked up three early fouls and was saddled on the bench for much of the first half.

Garibay has some skills and can score in the post, but he needs to learn how to play hard all the time and move his foot on defense.

Garibay finished with 6 points and contested some shots, but goes through the motions too often - especially on the defensive end of the court.

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