Rose Works Through Injury, Gains Interest

Despite an injury-filled summer, L.J. Rose still has plenty of college interest.

It's been a frustrating summer for L.J. Rose.

Rose, who is widely known as the nation's top point guard prospect in the 2012 class, suffered an injury to his foot and was forced to the sideline for majority of the spring and summer.

"It's been up and down," Rose said. "I haven't been playing much and when I could play I had to sit out numerous amount of times because my foot kept on bothering me. I tried to help my team out in Orlando.

The Houston (Tex.) Second Baptist standout is expected to be back on the court in a few weeks.

"I probably won't be out that long," Rose told "It's a bunch of tendons that are sprained. They just said it needs rest and that's what happens when you over use it."

Rose tried to play with his squad – Houston Hoops -- during AAU Nationals, but he re-tweaked the foot during pool play.

"It was kind of frustrating, but at the same time [college coaches] have seen me play before so it's not like it was my one and only shot to impress them," Rose said.

On the recruiting front Rose currently holds offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Memphis, Baylor, Virginia and Arizona. Kansas, Duke, Harvard and UNC are also involved. A handful of new schools have jumped into the picture as well.

"It's going pretty good," he said of the recruiting process. "Louisville, Georgetown, UConn and Syracuse are new to the process. Everything else is pretty much the same."

"I'm still kind of wide open, but I'm starting to look at it more so than I was last year," he said. "I guess seeing my close friends committing and them trying to talk to me about their schools and influence me like Mike Gilchrist and James McAdoo."

"I'll probably wait," he said when asked if he would cut his list down in the near future. "I don't think I'll narrow it down just yet. I just want to enjoy the process."

Rose does have a visit set up for Baylor for Labor Day weekend and then he's planning a trip to Texas. He'll also visit either Kentucky or North Carolina during midnight madness.

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