Born in Compton, DeMar DeRozan knows a thing or two about being tough. His maturity is astounding and his work ethic unmatched.
It surprised many people to see the guard struggle to find his place in USC as a freshman, but as his season came to a close, DeMar DeRozan gave USC fans a small glimpse of what could have been before entering the NBA draft.
USC produced the talented Nick Young in 2007, and star-rookie O.J. Mayo in 2008. DeRozan has a chance to be significantly better than both of them.
Like Gerald Henderson of Duke, DeRozan will benefit greatly from moving away from the college game, and he could prove to be this years Josh Smith, or this decade's Vince Carter.
When scouts break down his game, they claim he can't shoot or that he can't create his own shot. Private workouts have proven that he's a much better shooter than he's been given credit for, or his college percentages suggest.
Watching him in highschool, it's also fair to say that he's a much better creator than advertised as well.
When a player has the drive, work ethic, potential and the natural talent DeRozan does, one must raise an eyebrow at recent reports that he could slip to the tail-end of the lottery.
If DeRozan falls out of the top five, someone should be fired. If he falls past Toronto at nine, I'll personally start a riot on the streets.
Reports are out that if he's on the board, the Raptors have assured him that they'll select him. I won't be getting my hopes up because I can't for the life of me imagine how eight teams could pass on him. Thankfully, if reports are correct, Toronto won't be one of them.