MeanStreets Express - More Than Meets the Eye

In this report, WeAreDePaul.com talks with MeanStreets Express AAU team coach Reggie Rose. The brother of Derrick Rose, the fourth ranked player in the Class of 2007 as rated by Scout.com, talks about his recruitment and the rest of the MeanStreets Express team. We learn what colleges are still in the mix with Derrick and his teammates as well as their future plans.

MeanStreets Express AAU team coach Reggie Rose isn't rushing his brother Derrick to make a decision on where he will play his college ball. Reggie would like his entire team to continue to get exposure with college coaches during the key summer recruiting season with as many as five players on the team under consideration for Division I college scholarships.

As for Derrick Rose, his recruitment is just starting to get interesting. Among the schools that are in the running for the Chicago Simeon point guard are DePaul, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, North Carolina, and Virginia. The good news for Blue Demon fans is that the hometown team is being considered. "DePaul is in the mix," said Reggie. "I talk to Coach (Jerry) Wainwright a lot, he and Gary DeCesare. Everybody is in the mix."

The Rose's didn't think much about recruiting as Derrick led Simeon to a Chicago city title and an Illinois Class AA state championship in March. "He just opened his recruitment this summer," remarked Reggie. "During the season at Simeon he just wanted to focus on winning the city and state. They thought we were crazy about it, but he accomplished it. It was a great move. Now with the recruiting process it's basically open to every college in the country."

During the spring, the 6-2 point guard has played with MeanStreets Express on a national stage in front of many college coaches, but he may soon play on an international stage. Derrick has been invited to try out for the under 18 U.S. National team this summer. DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright will assist University of Washington coach Lorenzo Romar with the U-18 National team. University of Illinois coach Bruce Weber is also working in a supporting role with the U-18 team during tryouts in June. Rose will soon have to decide if he is going to try out for the squad. "We haven't made a decision about that," Reggie said. "We just haven't sat down and talked about it yet. We got the paperwork and all the stuff."

There is plenty more to MeanStreets Express than Derrick Rose. As Reggie describes, "our starting five all have a chance to go to Division I." 6-4 and 230 pound power forward Tim Flowers, who plays with Derrick at Simeon, is getting attention from some Big 10 schools. "Iowa and Michigan are taking a look at him, also San Diego State. They had him listed as a mid-major. But, he's averaging 20 (points) and 12 (rebounds) against some of the top players in the country."

"Then we've got Brandon Hall, he's a qualifier, he sat out last year at Simeon," Rose added. "He's got offers from Western Illinois, Kent State, and Akron." Hall is 6-0 shooting guard who sat out after transferring from Chicago Whitney Young.

"We have another player by the name of Kevin Johnson. He's got offers from Ball State, Akron, and the University of Ohio." Johnson is a 6-6 forward who also plays with Rose, Flowers, and company at Chicago Simeon.

"We also have Antonio Topps, he's a great left-handed shooter," Reggie commented. "He's getting a lot of looks too. Akron, Ball State, Stanford, and Marquette are all on him." Topps, a 6-1 shooting guard, is the son of MeanStreets Express coach Luther Topps and plays in the Chicago Catholic league for Leo.

Look for these five on the court with MeanStreets Express on the AAU circuit this summer.

Also be sure to see the WeAreDePaul.com Premium forum for Scout.com videos of Derrick Rose in action.

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