USC Men's Basketball Signs 7-Foot Center Dedmon
April 14, 2010
Seven-foot freshman center DeWayne Dedmon of Antelope Valley College has signed with USC as a transfer and will redshirt during the 2010-11 season it was announced today (April 14) by head men's basketball coach Kevin O'Neill.
'We are really excited that DeWayne decided to be a Trojan,' said O'Neill. 'I think he has great potential, is an excellent student and is an even better person. He will be a huge part of our successes in the future. I can't wait to coach him in January when he will enroll at USC which will allow him to learn our system and contribute to the program right away when he is eligible.'
Dedmon will complete one more semester at Antelope Valley, but will not play basketball so he will have three full seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2011-12 season.
Dedmon played one season at Antelope Valley and helped lead the team to a 17-14 record while averaging 6.6 points and 7.8 rebounds. He also had 46 blocks and tied the school record with seven blocks at Chaffey College on Jan. 22, 2010. Dedmon had a season-best 15 points vs. Ventura College on Nov. 15 and had a season-high 14 rebounds vs. College of the Desert on Dec. 11, 2009. He sustained a broken bone in his forehead and an injured nasal cavity when he was hit by an elbow in the game vs. Victor Valley on Jan. 27, 2010. The injury caused Dedmon to miss the final seven regular season games, but he returned for the playoffs and grabbed 13 rebounds, while scoring five points in his first game back, a win vs. Miramar College on Feb. 24.
Dedmon had never played basketball until his senior season at Lancaster High (Calif.), when still at 6-9 and learning the game, he saw limited action. He spent the next season at Antelope Valley as a part-time student, working out and learning the game, while also growing to be seven-feet tall and filling out to 225 pounds.
Although Dedmon is new to the game, his impact during his freshman season at Antelope Valley led to him receiving more than 20 scholarship offers from four-year universities.