The rumors are true!
Lil’ Romeo is going to USC next season on a FULL RIDE basketball scholarship. (worth $ 44,400 per semester) Obviously Pops couldn’t afford to spring for tuition!
Lil’ Romeo (a.k.a. Romeo Miller) is the son of rap artist/producer/mogul Master P
There had been stories about Lil’ Romeo “verbally commiting” to the Trojans all season but a lot of people assumed it was a joke.
Actually, the joke was the lead in Friday’s Wall Street Journal:
Romeo Miller is a 5-foot-10 point guard with a bad knee. He has never played a full season of high-school basketball. This season, he averaged 8.6 points a game for Beverly Hills High School, which finished last in its league.
The Wall Street Journal seemed to take the position that this might be a bit of a coup for USC. In a move that screams “package deal” the Trojans are also looking to secure the services of Compton High star Demar DeRozan-a close friend and past teammate of Lil’ Romeo on club basketball teams.
USC coach, Tim Floyd, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article as saying, “We may have more 11- to 17- year old girls in the stands than we’ve had in the past.”
I’m sure he was only HALF joking. After all Romeo Miller did have his own tv series, “Romeo!” on Nickelodeon and has sold over 1.5 million albums.
The Trojans also need to fill the new $ 147 million Galen Center which is their new on-campus 10,250 seat facility. Before Floyd, USC basketball attendance had historically been pathetic. These new signings will certainly generate buzz (it is Hollywood after all) and help replace Freshman sensation, O.J Mayo, who Floyd recruited for this season (or was it the other way around?)
Well, it’s not like this is the first time some rich guy’s kid with no merit ever got into USC