Lil Romeo Planning To Play Basketball For USC

Friday, April 20th 2007, 7:46 pm
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lil' Romeo says he's bound for the University of Southern California, where if all goes according to plan he could be Romeo Miller, Trojans' basketball player.

The teenage hip-hop star has committed to playing basketball for the Trojans' class of 2008, Dave Lindsay, a spokesman for Lil' Romeo's online label, UrbanDigital Records, said Friday.

USC spokesman Dave Tuttle declined to confirm or deny the report, but said the university hasn't received a signed letter of intent from the rapper, who is just a high school junior.

``We can't comment on any recruits or potential recruits until we have a signed letter. That's an NCAA rule,'' Tuttle said.

Lil' Romeo, whose full name is Percy Romeo Miller, is currently a guard on his Beverly Hills High School team.

``Basketball has run in the family,'' Lindsay said, nothing the rapper's father, hip-hop mogul Master P, had tryouts with two NBA teams in the 1990s.

``In the future, I want to be an NBA player. That's my goal,'' Lil' Romeo told The Associated Press in a 2003 interview.

At the time he was 14 and just 5'6 inches tall. He acknowledged then that his goal might go unrealized if he didn't add another 12 inches of height.

He's 17 now and 6'1, a little more than halfway toward that goal.