Hey USC Trojan fans, do you think you'll have had enough of the circus atmosphere by the time OJ Mayo leaves campus next April? There will be no rest for the weary, because guess who will be next? That's right, Lil' Romeo.
Lil' Romeo, aka Romeo, aka Percy Miller Jr. is among other things an actor and rapper. But the rising Senior is also a point guard at Beverly HIlls High School who averaged 19 points and 5 assists per contest during his Junior season.
At 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds he might be a little undersized for D1 ball, though. Doubters can come from anywhere. Just ask Sejin Park, the starting shooting guard on his own team.
"Being in front of his dad and his posse, if you will, seemed to add to him playing a little more selfishly," Park said. "Sometimes, it would be better if he passed the ball a little more. Other times, he'll try to do a little extra going to the basket when two points is two points. I think he needs to get that out of his system and focus on the game instead of what the crowd is telling him."Here's guessing that the Beverly Hills basketball team may get called in for a media relations crash course over the next few days. Keep going, Park. What else do you think?
"A lot of my friends doubt he can be a Pac-10 player," Park said. "He can't really take over a game and doesn't have Division-I level skills yet. But he looks better every time he comes to play. As of right now, I don't see him prospering at the next level."Well Sejin, good luck getting passes now! And certainly don't expect to be invited to Romeo's next big party either.
Fret not though, Trojan fans. Romeo will be paying his own way at USC, and wont be taking up a valuable scholarship. And he also has the support of those who really matter - his famous friends. Snoop Dogg, Michael Jordan, Jay Z and Beyonce have all promised to come see him play his freshman year.
"Michael Jordan told me I better not shoot airballs when he comes out," Romeo said. "When people heard I'm going to USC, they got real excited. I feel going there will bring a lot of attention to USC and a lot of attention to me. People want to see if I really can play ball."
Unlike his teammate, Romeo is saying all the right things.
"This is four years of my life that I want to go to school, be a regular student and a USC Trojan," Romeo said. "I'm going to be dedicated to playing ball and being a full-time student."