2012 Intro: L.J. Rose

L.J. Rose, the nation's top rated sophomore point guard, recently updated Scout.com on his recent play and recruitment.

L.J. Rose and Houston (Tex.) Second Baptist School are off to a quick and strong start this year.

The talented 2012 prospect has his team undefeated after playing in 13 games and two tournaments. Rose currently averages 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds a game, but was quick to point out that he needs to pick up his scoring a little more.

"We've done pretty good," he said of Second Baptist's early play. "We played Dallas Episcopal with Phil Pressey and Trevor Fuller on Friday and we beat them at the Jamboree thing.

"I've been doing pretty good," the 6-foot-2, 170-pound lead guard added. "We have a lot of new kids, so at first we were struggling a little bit with the roles, but we got it now."

Although he's just a sophomore in high school, Rose is well known in recruiting circles. He's been playing in the 17's division with Houston Hoops since he was a freshman and he's more than held his own against top-notch competition.

Scholarships are already coming in for the nation's top ranked point guard in the 2012 class. Rose listed Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kentucky, Memphis, LSU, Houston, Arizona and "most of the Big 12" as the schools that have offered.

Rose also pointed out that Kansas, Virginia, Duke and North Carolina are also showing interest. He said all four watched him during summer ball and all but Duke have been to his school.

"Early on it was kind of like a wow," Rose said about the early recruitment. "Now you have to live up to it and come out every night and perform."

Rose hasn't taken any unofficial visit, but may be looking to set one up to his see one of his close friends play soon.

"I don't know yet, but I might because Jai Lucas is at Texas now and I may go watch him play," Rose said.

Rose, a five-star prospect, does have any intentions of rushing his recruitment. According to him it's still early in the process.

"I'm just keeping it open right now."


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