Dennis Rodman Jr., or DJ, is a sophomore forward at Washington State. Although he may not wind up in the NBA anytime soon, the younger Rodman is nonetheless improving in his second collegiate season.
DJ Rodman is a sophomore at Washington State
DJ Rodman had a freshman year to forget, averaging just 1.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 26 games during the 2019-20 season.
Rodman made just 27.5% of his shots — and 28.6% from three-point range — in 11.9 minutes per night. Those early struggles didn’t make Washington State want to give up on Rodman just yet, though.
Washington State gifted Rodman with more work this year, and he’s improved in all areas. Through his first 17 games, Rodman averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds on 40.7% shooting from the field.
Rodman also drilled an even 40% of his 3-pointers in 21.8 minutes per night.
Washington State won 14 of their first 25 games and are on pace or their first winning record since going 22-13 during the 2010-11 campaign. The Cougars entered play at publication with seven wins against Pac-12 teams, their most in league play since 2014-15.
Washington State hasn’t topped seven league wins in a season since that 2010-11 campaign, when they went 9-9 in the Pac-10.
His father is NBA legend Dennis Rodman
In 14 NBA seasons, Rodman averaged 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per night for five different teams. An eccentric big man, Rodman grabbed rebounds like few others — he averaged 16.7 rebounds for seven straight seasons in the 1990s, leading the league every year — and overcame being a second-round pick.
A two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Rodman entered the Hall of Fame in 2011.
DJ Rodman might not be in the NBA anytime soon
Dennis Rodman had a legendary NBA career, one that netted him in the Hall of Fame.
DJ Rodman has a long way to go before he can suit up in the NBA. Although Rodman can declare for this year’s draft, it appears unlikely that a team would select him.
Rodman’s game is still a work in process, and there aren’t enough picks in the NBA draft to justify using one on a raw forward who needs to improve in so many areas. If Rodman leaves school in the coming months, his best bet is either playing internationally or trying to land with a G League team.
Still, that might be rushing the process. The younger Rodman has plenty of time to work on his game at Washington State, a program that appears in line for a breakout season next year.