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Despite attaining NBA riches DeMar DeRozan stays grounded

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You know to me this is one of the good things about the one-and-done player...

Some three months after USC's second-round NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan State, he was the No.9 selection in the first round of the June 25 NBA Draft in Madison Square Garden.

His financial status has gone into another stratosphere - he'll make a bit more than $2 million in salary during his rookie season - but the goal remains the same as it was three years ago: DeRozan wants to be the best basketball player he can be, for as long as he can be.

"I'm so blessed to be in this position," DeRozan said. "The past couple of months were kind of hectic and crazy. But once I heard my name called I knew it was time to move on and focus on being a Raptor."

DeRozan's hasn't done any serious spending yet.

"I've bought my parents a few things, furniture and stuff like that, but I haven't really splurged on anything yet," he said, smiling.

This a kid with some solid character.

He always knew he was one-and-done but he fit in, kept his nose clean and focused on improving his game.

With all the drama being played out in the Floyd/Mayo/Guillory mess DeMar DeRozan is a great story for USC. He represented USC well and he played some great basketball at the end too!

I could not be happier for him and I wish him all the best!