USC lands versatile intra-conference transfer forward
USC is building something special for next season.
On Tuesday, Andy Enfield and the Trojans landed a commitment from Washington State transfer forward DJ Rodman. The 6-foot-6 senior from Newport Beach, California, comes to USC with just a single season of eligibility left after spending four years with the Cougars.
Rodman played mostly on the wing for the Cougs last season, but also spent time as a small-ball 4 and even occasionally as a 5 when Wazzu went super small. The son of former NBA legend Dennis Rodman, energy can be expected from his game.
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Rodman saw action in 26 games as a true freshman during the 2019-20 campaign, averaging 11.9 minutes a night and 1.7 points to go with 1.9 rebounds. He started 10 times in 19 appearances the following season and upped his scoring average to 6.1 points with 3.7 rebounds a game in 23 minutes a night.
As a junior, Rodman moved back to a full-time bench role, but averaged 19 minutes a game across 35 appearances. He scored 4.2 points to go with 4.1 rebounds. Last season was statistically his best, as he started 30 of his 31 appearances and averaged 9.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists a game.
Rodman also saw a marked improvement in his outside shot, knocking down 38% of his triples after connecting on just 28% the year prior. (And on twice as many attempts year-over-year.)
For the Trojans, he’ll provide some serious defensive versatility, perimeter shooting, and a solid rebounding presence. With Rodman and Kobe Johnson as switchable wings who can play several different ways, Enfield should have the ability to dictate matchups every night out.