Born on August 7, 1989 in Compton, CA to parents Frank and Diane, DeMar is one of the NBA’s rising stars. Known for his high flying dunks, DeMar first dunked in the sixth grade, and has produced memorable moments in dunk contests at every level of his career. His favorite sport to watch other than basketball is football and his biggest sports thrill was making a full court shot at the buzzer. The athlete DeMar admires most is Kobe Bryant.
During his rookie year, DeMar formed the DeMar DeRozan Slam Dunk Book Club, which is a sports and literacy after-school program at North Kipling Junior Middle School that targets boys in grades 1-6. Students involved in the program are taught the game of basketball while incorporating the important life skill of reading. DeMar originally contributed Raptors game tickets, t-shirts and basketball gear to the 120 boys from the Etobicoke area of Toronto. With drastic budget cuts to after-school curriculum, DeRozan stepped in to save the 12-week program from ending. On April 13th, 2013, DeMar presented North Kipling Junior Middle School with a $15,100.00 donation to support the sports and literacy after-school program.
In the off-season, DeMar is a fixture in the grass roots basketball scene, participating in the world famous Drew League in inner city Los Angeles. DeMar has also been known to show up and play pick up basketball with fans in Toronto and Los Angeles. DeMar enjoys interacting with his fans over Twitter and often conducts contests with trivia questions giving the winners tickets to Raptors games.
DeRozan attended Compton High School and was ranked as one of the top college recruits in the nation from the class of 2008. He was ranked #3 in the nation by Rivals.com and #6 by Scout.com. He played on the varsity basketball team for all four years of high school. As a freshman, he averaged 26.1 points and 8.4 rebounds. During his sophomore year, he averaged 22.6 points and 8.4 rebounds, while as a junior he averaged 22.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 3.2 steals. As a senior averaging 29.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg, DeRozan led Compton High School to a 26-6 record, a second consecutive Moore League championship and the CIF Division IAA Southern Section quarter-finals. For his efforts he was awarded the Moore League Most Valuable Player Award and named to the California All-State team. DeRozan was a member of the 2008 McDonald’s All-American Team, and also won the 2008 McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk Competition. He was also invited to play in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden and the Nike Hoop Summit, where he scored a team-high 17 points. DeRozan’s achievements on the court in his senior year saw him earn First Team Parade All-America honors and First Team Best in the West honors.
After a McDonald’s All-American high school career at Compton High School, DeMar became a Pac-10 All-Freshman stand out for the USC Trojans. In his first game for the Trojans, DeRozan scored a team-high 21 points with seven rebounds in an exhibition game against Azusa Pacific; a 85–64 victory at the Galen Center. DeRozan had 14 points in his first career regular season game in a win over UC Irvine. He recorded 4 double-doubles during the season and scored in double figures in 28 of 35 games during his one year as a Trojan. During the 2009 Pac-10 Tournament, DeMar averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds. In the quarterfinals vs. Cal, DeMar had 17 points, 11 rebounds, followed by scoring 21 points and a grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds in the semifinals win over UCLA. DeMar scored a career-high 25 points on 10-for-16 shooting to lead his team to a win over Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament Final. He was named the Pac-10 Tournament MVP and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team in his one season at USC. During USC’s run in the NCAA Tournament, DeMar scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the win over Boston College and then scored 18 points and 5 rebounds in USC’s second-round loss to Michigan State. He averaged 19.8 points in USC’s 5 postseason games. He ranked third on team in points (13.9 ppg), second in rebounds (5.7 rpg), third in assists (1.5 apg), and second in field-goal percentage (.523, eighth-best in conference). DeRozan followed his regular-season efforts by averaging 19.8 points in USC’s five postseason games. His 485 points ranks third all-time and his 201 rebounds is fourth all-time for a USC freshman.
One of the NBA’s rising stars
Following his Freshman season at USC, DeMar entered the 2009 NBA Draft and was selected 9th overall by the Toronto Raptors. Through four NBA seasons, DeMar has averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 45% from the field and 81% from the foul line. As one of the NBA’s rising stars, DeMar was selected to participate in the 2011 NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge and was selected as a member of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team. DeMar also participated in the 2010 and 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contests, where he finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. DeMar’s 4th NBA season was the best of his career. He averaged 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 45% from the floor and 83% from the foul line.