Rose Returns To Action, Visits Kentucky

GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- L.J. Rose has been out for quite some time. He returned this weekend and took an unofficial visit to Kentucky.

L.J. Rose is back on the court.

After sitting out for quite some time stress fracture to his fifth metatarsal, Rose has returned for Houston (Tex.) Second Baptist.

"The first time he hit the court was Monday," Second Baptish coach Roger Kollmansberger told

"Honestly he shouldn't even be playing right now," he added. "The competitor in him says I'm going to come out and help my team. He doesn't quite have his explosiveness yet."

"I think it set me back more with my conditioning more than anything else," Rose told "I haven't played since July and that part has been hard for me."

Although his didn't shoot the ball relatively well during his two games at the Racing to the Rim Showcase, Rose, a five-star prospect, was able to have an affect on the game with his passing.

"I think he's the best passer in high school basketball," Kollmansberger said. "I don't even think it's close to be honest with you. He makes our guys look real good. Not only can he pass to the open man, but he passes to the guys where they are comfortable making shots."

"I think I bring play making, leadership and I just try and get my teammates in a position to win," Rose said. "If that means I score 30 points than it's 30 points, if it means I need to get 20 assists then I get 20 assists."

Rose already has offers from a number of schools including most of the Big 12, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Kansas, Wake Forest, Illinois, Virginia, Florida State, Miami and LSU.

Recently Rose has taken visits to Baylor, North Carolina, Texas and Kentucky.

"It's going pretty well," he said of the recruiting process. "I'm starting to take some visits and stuff. I'm starting to think about it a little more."

This past weekend while in Kentucky for the showcase, Rose went over to visit the Wildcats. He toured the campus and took in their basketball game against Indiana.

"Everything was nice," Rose said of the visit. "They have very nice facilities. They have a lot of fan support here. It's a basketball city."

"Coach Cal is a great coach," Rose added. "He helps his point guards learn how to play. That's something I'll have to think about it when it comes time to make a decision."

Although he's not ready to make his college choice, Rose, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound lead guard, said he's definitely paying more attention to the schools recruiting him.

"I think it's passed the early stage," he said. "I'm starting to think about it more and I'm starting to watch teams and watch certain things they do and picturing myself in their systems."

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