DeRozan: 'He Offered Me a Scholarship'

LOS ANGELES --- While Demar DeRozan says he's committed to Southern California, the 6-foot-6 wing also indicated that he's looking at a pair of other schools. Saturday at the Pangos Camp he commented on the other two schools and a recent visit that he took to one of them.

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    "USC is one of my top schools and it's close to home, but I just want to feel free if something else is best for me and comes up, I just want to look into it," the 6-6, 190-pound Compton (Calif.) High rising senior said. "I'm just getting a feel for other things and keeping it open, but I'm committed to USC."

    The other two schools are North Carolina and Arizona State. After playing in the Tournament of Champions last weekend, DeRozan took an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Monday.

    "I talked to [Roy Williams] at Bob Gibbons and he was cool," DeRozan said. "I took a visit, saw the school and toured the campus and everything to see how the school was."

    After touring the school, DeRozan sat down with Williams to talk about his recruitment and where North Carolina might fit in.

    "He asked me about USC and my commitment and he said he wanted me to be one of his top players, if I was interested -- and he offered me a scholarship."

    "It's one of the top programs and a lot of big players have come out of there," he continued.

    DeRozan is considering Arizona State as well, but has yet to take a visit to Tempe. He also didn't shy away from talking about why he likes USC. The Trojans' proximity to his home could play a role in his final decision.

    "[USC] is one of the top programs," he said. "It could be the number one program by the time I come to college. I just want to be a part of that."

    While recruiting is a main focus, he's been concentrating on his game, too. At the Pangos Camp, DeRozan showed off his bread and butter - tremendous athleticism, as well as an ability to knock down deep jumpers.

    "This past spring and last summer I worked hard on my game. [I worked on my] jump shot, my defense and everything that wasn't up to par or how I wanted it. I just worked hard on it and tried to improve, so I could have a great last year.

    "The spring went real well. It was one of my best springs. I just came out and played hard and showed everybody my talent and why I'm one of the best players."

    DeRozan's impressive spring performances have continued to improve his stock, as he's gone from a high-flier with an inconsistent jumper to reliable long-range shooter. He's currently ranked No. 34 in the class by, but that's sure to change after some post-spring adjustments.

    "One of the best athletes is transforming himself into a deadly scorer," Dave Telep of wrote after watching DeRozan average 20 points and shoot 42 percent on three-point attempts at the Cactus Classic. "When he's not fading on his jumper he's connecting en masse. He'll be a significant mover and shaker in the rankings. The knock on him has been consistency, so piecing together another outing like this would be nice. However, the rumblings about his game expanding during and thru the high school season are true."

    DerRozan said he plans to attend the NBPA Camp, the Vince Carter positional camp and Reebok University.

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