Big hopes for Lil' Romeo
USC banking on rapper/basketball player
Posted: Wednesday April 25, 2007 3:07PM; Updated: Friday April 27, 2007 5:48PM
As Master P sits on the edge of a velvet couch taking in the scene at a Los Angeles club he is doing his best to set a good example for his 17-year-old son Romeo by sticking to water.
While Romeo might not be able to take advantage of the open bar in the VIP area, he seems perfectly content with his bag of potato chips, which has his face plastered on the side. "I'm a business man so I got my own chips, peanuts and all kind of snacks," says Romeo, as he hands me a bag of Rap Snacks "Bar-B-Quin' with my Honey" flavored chips. "I'm like the ice cream man I got everything you need."
Tim Floyd is no doubt hoping that Romeo can be his ice cream man after the 6-foot-1 Beverly Hills High point guard committed to play at USC earlier this month.
"They say the two hardest decisions in life is choosing your college and choosing who you're going to marry," says Romeo as he leans back on the couch and plays with a blinged out medallion of the Cookie Monster. "It was definitely a tough decision but it was the right one. It was just that vibe. My best friend DeMar DeRozan and I, we wanted to go somewhere together and USC was the perfect place. They got one of the best film schools there so I'll be doing that while I'm playing ball. USC is my dream school. It's like my Disney World."
While DeRozan, a small forward out of Compton High and one of the elite prospects in the Class of '08, might have been the bigger commitment on the court, Floyd's signing of Percy Romeo Miller not only garnered more attention but it will likely pay bigger dividends with future recruits.
"The day I committed, another top player (Angelo Johnson) committed so I'm hoping to bring in some players as well," says Romeo, who plans on wearing either No. 1, his high school number, or No. 7, the number of siblings he has, when he arrives on campus. "I feel that Tim Floyd is an excellent coach and he really knows what he's doing. You saw what he did last year with the team, just putting all the pieces together and then we got OJ Mayo coming so I feel we're really going to have a power house. We're going to make the basketball program like the football program and we're going to be hard to stop"
While Mayo will probably not be around long enough to receive passes from Romeo, don't look for the rapper to leave school early. Although his dream is to play in the NBA one day his true ambition is to make movies and he plans on spending much of his time off the court the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
"I wouldn't go to college if I was going to short sell myself so I'm going to be there the full four years and do what I need to do," says Romeo, who choose USC over runner-up Florida State. "I'll probably be the next Spielberg or something when I leave."
Romeo will get an opportunity to begin his film education this summer when he stars in Sweetwater, a sports drama about Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, the first black NBA player.
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