According to Rodman, he was "unable to hit a layup" and was listed in the high school basketball teams, but was either benched or cut from the squads.
Measuring only 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) as a freshman in high school, A family friend tipped off the head coach of Cooke County College (now North Central Texas College) in Gainesville, Texas.
In professional wrestling, Rodman was the first ever winner of the Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament.
He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as the 3rd pick in the second round (27th overall), joining the rugged team of coach Chuck Daly that was called "Bad Boys" for their hard-nosed approach to basketball.
The squad featured Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars at the guard positions, Adrian Dantley and Sidney Green at forward, and center Bill Laimbeer.
But the Riches were so grateful to him for bringing their son out of his shell that they were able to set aside their prejudices.
Rodman made himself eligible for the 1986 NBA draft.