DeRozan First Trojan Named To USA Olympic Basketball Team

    June 27, 2016

    Former USC star and current Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan became the first Trojan ever selected to play for Team USA when USA Basketball announced its 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympics today (June 27).

    DeRozan averaged 23.5 points during the 2015-16 season, was named to the NBA All-Star team for the second time and helped lead the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals where they fell in six games to the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The seven-year professional has averaged 18.1 points in 521 career regular season games.

    DeRozan played for USC during the 2008-09 season and averaged 13.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in 35 starts. The Trojans won the 2009 Pac-12 Tournament and DeRozan was named MVP as he scored 25 points in the 66-63 win over James Harden and Arizona State in the title game. DeRozan was also named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team.

    The Americans will be trying to win their third-straight basketball gold medal at the Rio Olympic from Aug. 6-21. Team USA will train July 18-21 in Las Vegas and has five exhibition games scheduled ahead of the Olympics in August.

    Other USC basketball players to compete in the Olympics are Ingo Mendel for West Germany in 1984 and Elias Ayuso for Puerto Rico in 2004.