It just so happens that Tracy Abrams, a standout at Mount Carmel (Ill.) High, played for Rose' brother's AAU program Chicago Express last year and will make the switch over to the D-Rose All-Stars next AAU season.
While Abrams isn't the same type of player as Rose, he has heard the comparisons to the current Chicago Bull.
"I heard that from Indiana a couple of times," Abrams said. "I just got to keep working hard. I just got to try and make it like he did."
A 6-foot-1, 170-pounder, Abrams is a tough, hardnosed guard that is capable of playing both guard spots. He's very quick off the dribble, attacks the rim effectively and has legit range on his jumper.
With his level of talent college coaches are lining up to recruit him. However, at this point, only Bruce Weber's Illini have offered the 2011 prospect a scholarship.
Among the others showing interest are Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio State, UCLA and Wake Forest. The talented guard has already taken\ unofficial trips to Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky, and is planning a trip to Ohio State.
His two most recent trips were to Illinois and Indiana. He seemed impressed with the atmospheres at both schools.
"It was crazy," Abrams said of his visit to Champaign for Illinois "Largest Practice" festivities. "I've never seen a court on a football field. I loved it."
"There were like 18-thousand people there," he said referring to the Hoosier Hysteria celebration at Indiana. "It was crazy."
While he's having fun with the recruiting process and taking some visits, Abrams said he's not in a hurry to make a college decision.
"I'm just trying to see how everything goes and look into these schools," he said. "I'll probably wait it out until I'm a junior of senior."