Analysis of D.J. Rodman coming to USC — experts think Trojans made a significant upgrade
What did we tell you? We told you that USC, even with the additions of Bronny James and Isaiah Collier, still needed another roster piece. The Trojans still needed a forward, ideally someone who could play rugged defense, offer some rebounding and toughness, and make a reasonable percentage of 3-point shots to draw defenders outside the paint.
D.J. Rodman, who committed to USC in the transfer portal on Tuesday, coming from Washington State, does those things well. He checks several different boxes for the Trojans and Andy Enfield. He might be a little undersized, but his skill set is precisely what USC needed.
This is why USC fans and national college basketball experts are both buzzing about the Trojans and what they can become next season. There has never been a more talented roster in the Enfield era. USC enters the new season with more buzz than any other team in the past 20 years. The last USC team to enter a season with a comparable amount of hype is the 2002 team which followed the 2001 team’s run to the Elite Eight.
That team got a No. 4 seed in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. This 2024 USC team should get a higher NCAA Tournament seed.
Let’s provide more analysis of D.J. Rodman below, as shown in tweets from commentators plus our own insights:
IF UCLA FANS ARE IMPRESSED, THAT SAYS IT ALL
USC is about to have either its best season of all time or a total collapse, there is no in between
— carlos: a pac-12 enjoyer (@equitybruin) May 9, 2023
BRONNY OFF THE BENCH! THIS ROSTER IS LOADED
Projected 2024 USC rotation:
Isaiah Collier (FR)
Boogie Ellis (Covid SR)
Kobe Johnson (JR)
DJ Rodman (Covid SR)
Vince Iwuchukwu (SO)
Bronny James (FR)
Joshua Morgan (Covid SR)
Kijani Wright (SO)
Oziyah Sellers (SO)
Arrinten Page (FR)
Preseason Top 12 and Pac 12 favorites. pic.twitter.com/2NvpaziZ0j
— The Brotherhood (@BrotherhoodCBB) May 9, 2023
LOTS OF DEFENSE TO GO WITH ALL THAT BACKCOURT OFFENSE
Wow, USC adds DJ Rodman (Dennis Rodman’s son) the kid can shoot and play amazing defense, USC prob has 3 of the best defenders in the country in Josh Morgan, Kobe Johnson, and now DJ Rodman, USC is the preseason best team in the PAC 12, Colorado and Oregon near
— Dustin Bleiweis (@Dueycbb) May 9, 2023
EXPERTS AGREE WITH US
Wrote yesterday that USC needed one more piece, a defensive-minded four who could space the floor a little bit. They landed one today with DJ Rodman, who hit 38% from three on 4.3 attempts per game last year for Wazzu. Bronny’s Trojans are gonna be good https://t.co/jn0dvpm4H5 https://t.co/z64KqeAipx
— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) May 9, 2023
LEGIT TITLE CONTENDER
Silas Demary and Tre White departed but USC has gained Bronny James and DJ Rodman… these are both upgrades and USC is a legit title contender. Still 40/1 available at BetMGM
— Kyle CM (@OdysseyNFL) May 9, 2023
Dec 4, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars forward D.J. Rodman (11) reaches for the ball agaistn USC Trojans guard Drew Peterson (13) in the first half at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
D.J. Rodman scored 16 points against USC on January 1 of this year, when Washington State beat the Trojans. Rodman played well against USC. Now he brings his skill set to USC. Playing Wazzu just got a whole lot easier. Playing the Pac-12 got easier, since Rodman knows how to play other Pac-12 opponents as well.
San Diego State transfer Keshad Johnson has cut his list to the following programs, per his IG page:
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 10, 2023
With Rodman now at USC, transfer forward Keshad Johnson is unlikely to commit to the Trojans. The main thing is for him to not pick Arizona. That’s what really matters now.
CATCH AND SHOOT 3-POINTERS
Texas is reportedly (per IT) interested in former Wazzu senior F DJ Rodman. The son of NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman had a career year at WSU last season.
-9.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.4 APG
-41.3 FG%, 38.1 3P%, 79.2 FT%
-54.5% on open catch-and-shoot 3s (led all PAC-12 forwards) pic.twitter.com/11sw5lga9z
— Hook'em Headlines (@HookemHeadlines) May 8, 2023
That percentage on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers is eye-popping. If USC gets anything close to that from Rodman this season, watch out. Isaiah Collier is the perfect point guard to pair with a player such as Rodman.
DJ RODMAN ATTRACTED BUZZ FROM GONZAGA ANALYSTS
– Could the #Zags bring DJ Rodman from Pullman to Spokane?
– Dom Harris will stay in the WCC, lands with new look LMU team
– Lady Zags set to participate in 3X National this week!https://t.co/w7C0osD8gV pic.twitter.com/UjEO0HicAr
— Andy Patton (@AndyPattonCBB) May 4, 2023
If D.J. Rodman was someone Gonzaga bloggers and podcasters talked about, you know he was a prized portal piece. USC now has him. It’s a really big deal.
Feb 13, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; USC Trojans guard Drew Peterson (13) shoots against Washington State Cougars forward DJ Rodman (11) in the first half at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
With Rodman likely to start at the power forward spot, USC’s starting lineup is likely to be Rodman, Vince Iwuchukwu at center, Kobe Johnson at small forward, Boogie Ellis at shooting guard, and Isaiah Collier at point guard. Holy cow.
This leaves Bronny James as the sixth man off the bench, Josh Morgan as the backup center, Kijani Wright as an added backup big man, Arrinten Page as a big man who could slot into power forward, and Oziyah Sellers on the wing.
USC has real depth in the frontcourt and backcourt and is now in position to mix and match depending on what it needs. There will not be a severe drop-off in quality when Enfield goes to the bench, unlike other USC seasons. Two of the three — Isaiah Collier, Bronny James, and Boogie Ellis — will always be on the floor. Two will play while one sits and gets rest. USC will always have a good offensive five-man unit on the court.
This team is in position to do something very, very special.