Derrick Rose is about to find out how good he is. In the next month, actually within the next 3 weeks, Scout.com's No. 5 junior will play three of the elite guards in America.
For Chicago Simeon's 6-foot-2 point guard, the test begins this Friday night against Tywon Lawson and Oak Hill Academy. Then he locks up with KU-bound Sherron Collins of Crane Tech and finally with future Illini Eric Gordon.
"The main thing about is that we've got them together; we don't play any Thanksgiving tournaments," Rose's brother and former Idaho guard Reggie Rose said. "During the summer we put him in that situation anyway."
Basically, we'll leave all the guard scouting up to Rose and check back with him in a few weeks because he's going to have seen the best of the best up close and personal. "(Lawson) should be a good matchup," Derrick Rose said of his Marshall County Hoopfest encounter. "We've got some little guards so I might be sticking Nolan Smith or some other guards.
"If you get used to playing against the top competition it's just like an AAU game."
For Rose, taking over and going out and consistently showcasing his game has been an area of emphasis for those around him. Not unlike other humble star players, Rose sometimes will take it easy on an undermanned foe, something his brother is trying to coach out of him.
"The biggest thing that we did with him (last summer) is put the ball in his hands and call his play," Reggie Rose said. "If you do that he doesn't have another choice. It's like when his team gets up 10-12 he'll break a guy down and kick it out. We want him to keep rolling and get up 30 so the last 6 minutes of the game you can just sit on the bench.
"Don't have people asking ‘who is Derrick Rose?' Go in there and start dunking and let them know."
Oh, plenty of people know and even more will be dialed in to the prime time December matchups. Through it all, Reggie Rose says he's trying to keep his brother in check and keep his recruitment in order and chaos free.
"We have a timetable. We basically narrowed it down to those 6-7 schools and we're going to take them into the season. By the end of the summer he'll have it narrowed down to 3 or 4 and he'll probably end up deciding before his senior year."
According to Derrick, Illinois and North Carolina are his most ardent pursuers. "It's a lot but I would say those two – by the mail I get and them talking to my family members – are the hardest," Rose said.
The Simeon guard wants to know all he can about the programs keeping tabs on him. "I'm still deciding. I'm still kind of confused. Who's going to be there next year? Who are they recruiting?
"You have to know that if you're going to go there is it going to be right fit. Are you going to start or do you have to come in and take somebody's spot?"
Rose plans on getting the answers to these questions and more but at this point, with a murder's row of guards lined up wanting a piece of him, there isn't much time to think about his recruitment.
"I just want to stay humble. That's the only thing you can do. You have to stay humble."