Thursday, October 1st, 2009 at 4:13 pm  |  42 responses

Video: The Official DeMar DeRozan Mixtape

If we told you this was the best high school mixtape ever, could you truly doubt us? DeMar DeRozan and BallisLife have been synonymous for a while, and SLAMonline readers have watched them grow together from the start. Maybe there’s some ET-like connection going on. That’s our best explanation. Because with DeRozan entering NBA training camp and BIL releasing this mixtape almost simultaneously, they’ve both reached the top of their game.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    BallIsLife represent. This is some amazing stuff.

  • RM

    A sign of things to come? No DOUBT!

    Nice work!

  • http://www.kzine.se Tanny

    I’m feeling this guy, Toronto, has a nice core now.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    Vince was better…people forget so quickly…

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Vince left maybe he won’t! Hopefully people don’t forget.

  • Rusty

    Was vince better? more talented yes, but better?

  • 6marjons

    dude’s pretty sick and can jump easy, but i hope he learns to pass more often when in the nba

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Demar is going to be a good player in this league. I’d say he has the highest ceiling out of any player this draft. I also like how people will like to pick at his jumpshot, when the majority of his shots made during Summerleague were midrange J’s…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Great mixtape, by the way. LET’S GO RAPTORS!

  • Chris

    Awwwww s#it!!!!!!!!

    He’s no Vince though. Vince could fly in HS.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka make it reign aka flightschool aka the ghetto Kornel David

    Kid was doing the same sh!t vince did in the league when he was in the 11th grade, and his mid range game is butter. R.O.Y

  • http://mbenga-mblog.blogspot.com/ vmcb

    DeRozan has been working hard this offseason, and I can’t to watch him play in a Raptor’s uni.

  • http://box634 Flight

    ball sweat

  • AZ

    Summer season mix is so money. I can’t wait to see him out-hustling and out-jumping pros in the league.

  • http://www.milliondollamindz.com/blog Milliondollamindz

    I echo the sentiment…

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  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    so has SLAM adopted this dude? Is he their new A.I.?

  • stokesey

    this is sweet, but he aint no vince, the stuff VC could do an how smooth it was, was just unbeleivable…

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Mansonovic

    Is it just me or is there a bit of Kobe Bryant about this kid?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    I hope this guy does good with the Raps. He can make basketball in Canada for us exciting like Vince did and I want to see this guy in the dunk contest pull out the purple VC jersey and stick his arm in the rim or do between the legs. Hes a major athlete and I think he can win R.O.Y if he has something to do with the Raps getting the 4th or 5th seed.

  • Kris

    Wow … he got ups and his ball handling looks pretty good too.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I CANNOT wait to see this kid play in the regular season. I literally cheered when the Raptors drafted him. All that aside, what shoes is he wearing on that picture top right?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Not sure what DeMar’s wearing in the pic, but I know Kobe hand-picked him to wear his sneakers. OJ Mayo should be next, if you ask me.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    First time I heard about this kid was in an ad in SLAM a few years back, he must’ve been like 14 or 15, it was a Master P ad about his AAU team and it said something like Romeo Miller – AAU under 15 3-point champ / DeMar DeRozan – AAU under 15 Slam Dunk champ. I was like “Suuuree, Percy Miller. You just happen to have the best under-15 3-point shooter and slam dunker in all of AAU.” Well, don’t know bout “Lil’ Romeo”, but I wouldn’t doubt if it was true about DeRozan!

  • Kris

    Hey man talking bout Lil Romeo , is he starting for USC this season?

  • j32m

    i think lil romeos in the d-league this year….:P

  • matt(ballislife

    yo ryne, demar actually signed with nike yesterday and will be the only player besides kobe to wear the kobe shoes….haha good eye

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Right, it’s good to see DeMar is the first to join Team Kobe at Nike.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    @ Ryne. Wow really? Is there an article I can read up on that? That’s pretty impressive to be hand-picked by Kobe. So I’m going to guess those are some Kobe’s he’s wearing, in a nice colourway might add.. But then again, I think anything black/red/white is a dope colourway.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Okay I just did a search and saw “DeMar DeRozan Will Be The Only Player To Wear Kobe’s Shoes.” That’s pretty cool. But the title is kind of flawed, I mean, Kobe is going to wear them too :P . As well, so does that mean no one else is allowed to wear Kobe’s? Cause Pietrus was sporting them last year lol

  • tavoris

    Mansonovic:Its just you

  • http://myspace.com/qtipkilla Q-Tip

    Ill nasty got me wondering where lil’ romeo at? is he still ballin’ at SC

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig Chukaz

    @ Mansonovic: It’s just you. The rest of us see a lot of Kobe in the kid. If this dude reaches his full potential he could be the best player in the L. I hope he leaves Toronto for the Lakers asap like LeBron will leave for the nets

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @Chukaz….: dream on.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ PANAGIOTIS VASILOPOULOS

    @Chukaz…..:for now the Lakers can live with Thomas Kelati (cut from Olympiakos earlier in the summer cause he had health issues…).

  • e

    great jumper good athlete ball handling seems better than vince carter jumper will improve as he works through the season nice pick by toronto

  • Simmy Sosa

    I can’t tell how good he really is because half of these highlights are on slow kids that aren’t even 6 feet tall.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    for some reason, i didnt see the same jaw dropping athletic abilities last year at usc… even on the break.

  • Rnz

    Nice handle, but I dont see him dribble with his left hand that much..

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    This dude has to leave Toronto and join the Lakers. He can leave in 5 years and by then Kobe will probably be done so he can take his place. The kid’s from L.A. It’s f*ckin perfect. This dude can ball.

  • onions baby onions

    haha lil romeo was never a legit ballplayer..and demar prob wont live up anywhere near vc status this year, hes still got alot to learn. Still tho, im really excited to see wheres hes at 2-3 years down the road


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