The Washington State Cougars have added another player to their 2019 class, as DJ Rodman has signed financial aid paperwork with the school, a source confirmed to CougCenter.
UPDATE, 5/23: It’s official!
You might recognize the name — he is, in fact, the son of NBA hall of famer Dennis Rodman. But at 6-foot-6, his game is a bit different; he’s got a great feel as an all-around player and features a good three-point shot.
6'6" SF DJ Rodman-Jserra HS (2019) is one of best availables on west coast! DJ has a skilled inside/outside game & a toughness that's part of the family name. The son of HOF Dennis Rodman averaged 24 PPG & 9 RPG in the powerhouse filled Trinity League @JSerra_Hoops @dennisrodman pic.twitter.com/WwIYOjS4Qt— Jake Stanbrough (@INBRecruits) May 4, 2019
Rodman, out of JSerra Catholic in California, isn’t rated by 247Sports, and VerbalCommits.com reports offers from UC Riverside and Sacramento State. Additionally, his high school coach said he was looking at Cal Baptist, Hawaii, Northern Arizona and Grand Canyon. He averaged 24.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists this past season.
“DJ is a shotmaker who has a really good feel for the game,” WSU coach Kyle Smith said via news release. “He was a very productive player displaying the ability to score and rebound at a high clip in one of the best high school leagues in California, the Trinity League.”
It seems like Dennis isn’t a big part of DJ’s life, reading between the lines of some interviews.
DJ earned high praise from his high school coach.
“The thing I loved most was that he was our leading charge taker on top of leading scorer and rebounder. The kid is a winner and he exemplified that in the North OC Classic hitting a walk off three-pointer on the baseline out of bounds for the championship,” Keith Wilkinson said. “He also had another game winner at home, hitting a three with one second left . He took and made big time shots, but also did all the little things it takes to win. We will miss DJ and thankful for who he is as a person and how he represents JSerra with tremendous faith, intellect and character.”
Additionally, the source confirmed that both Isaiah Wade and Marvin Cannon will not be returning to the team, while Ahmed Ali and Nigel John (who signed originally with Ernie Kent) are still up in the air.
This brings Smith’s 2019 class up to seven, as he’s now secured signings from six other recruits: Deion James (whose grad transfer has been officially announced by the school), junior college transfers Daron Henson and Isaac Bonton (the former of which originally signed an LOI with Ernie Kent), Seattle-area point guard (and WSU legacy) Noah Williams, Ukrainian big man Volodymyr Markovetskyy, and Australian guard Ryan Rapp.
With the seven who have now signed, the class is full pending the potential departures of Ali and John.
Here’s some more video of Rodman: