Current NBA star DeMar DeRozan comes from a year where the Chicago Bulls made it to the play-in tournament but struggled overall.
In his second year with the Bulls, DeRozan averaged 24.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. Before starting his 15th season next fall, DeRozan was on the Podcast P Show with Paul George and he told a very interesting story about his recruitment.
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Before he committed USC, DeRozan was chased across North Carolina and even paid a visit to Chapel Hill. He admitted that he wanted to go to UNC because of the colors and Michael Jordan played there. But the reason he didn’t commit? UNC said his good friend Romeo Miller, the son of rapper Master P.
This is how DeRozan tells the story:
“So we looked at a few schools. We were so close that whatever school I went to, he had to,” DeRozan said. “I wanted to go to North Carolina. One because it reminded me of Compton High Blue, two Michael Jordan went there. I just really wanted to go to North Carolina. I remember we went to visit, I take a tour of the school and we sit in Roy Williams’ office. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I want to come here.’ He’s like ‘Yeah, man, we’d love to have you, but we’re not taking it.’”
DeRozan goes on to say that he and Miller were so close that he didn’t want to go anywhere without him.
Williams was brutally honest during that conversation instead of lying to DeRozan. And while the Tar Heels would have liked DeRozan, they clearly didn’t want Miller or a package deal.