The Champaign News Gazette is reporting that Chicago Simeon point guard Derrick Rose is headed to Memphis to play his college basketball.
Rose made his intentions known Saturday night, picking the Tigers over Indiana and Illinois.
The 6-2, 180-pound Rose is Scout.com's sixth-ranked player in the 2007 class and the second-ranked point guard nationally. A summer AAU teammate of IU-bound Eric Gordon, IU Coach Kelvin Sampson had been hoping to lure Rose as well to form one of the most heralded freshman backcourts in recent memory.
But Rose eventually opted to play for John Calipari's Conference USA program, one that's been on his radar longer than anyone else.
Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep said Calipari's ties to the NBA were a big draw for Rose.
"Anytime high level guys speak of the Tigers the conversation seems to come full circle to John Calipari and his NBA roots," Telep said. "Mix in a lot of recent success and you have winning and the NBA: a deadly recruiting combination and an attractive offer from any player who envisions himself a high caliber prospect."
With Rose's decision, Indiana still has one scholarship remaining for its 2007 class. IU plans on receiving signed letters of intent this coming week from Gordon, guard/forward JaMarcus Ellis, forward Brandon McGee and center Eli Holman. It's a four-player class that Scout.com ranks seventh nationally.
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