Councilperson Galvan believes that Demar Derozan has definitely served the City of Compton in an exceptional and distinguished manner, and with that Lueders Park Gym Renamed “DeMar DeRozan Gymnasium”.
Mr. Derozan has proved himself to be a loyal Compton citizen by attending all three levels of his adolescent schooling in the City, participated in several Parks and Recreation youth activities as a minor and chose to attend Compton High School even though he was recruited by several national public and private educational institutions.
His athletic achievements helped the Compton High School boys’ basketball team, the Compton Unified School District, and the City of Compton gain positive national exposure as well as earning him the ranking of being the third highest ranked athletic recruit in the nation.
Mr. Derozan’s achievements noted him to earn first-team Parade All-American and first-team Best in the West honors, member of the 2008 McDonald’s All-American Team and was later invited to play in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden and Nike Hoop Summit.
Soon after graduating from Compton High School, he was awarded an athletic scholarship to play basketball for the University of Southern California.
In one short amazing year, Mr. Derozan started all 35 games and scored in double figures in 28 of those contests. His 485 points ranks 3rd all-time and his 201 rebounds is 4th all-time for a USC freshman. Immediately following his first collegiate season, he was selected ninth (9th) overall in the 2009 National Basketball Association draft going to the Toronto Raptors.
No matter how far Mr. Derozan basketball talents would take him away from Compton, he has always managed to show his loyalty and sincere appreciation to our great City. Each year since he has been a professional athlete, he has coordinated a free weeklong basketball camp for Compton youth. During the camp he has provided each participant with fundamental training, life skill discussions and camp apparel. He also hosts mentoring sessions at local parks when he is in the area, thus strengthening the nexus between Mr. Derozan and the City of Compton Parks & Recreation Department.
Lastly, in a time when several professional athletes have made it difficult to build a relationship, Mr. Derozan has never wavered from letting people know where he grew up or what City he proudly calls home.