Rose Hits AAU Circuit

Without Derrick Rose, Chicago (Ill.) Simeon wouldn't have won the Public League's State Championship. The 6-3, 180-pound point guard carried his team through the state playoffs, scoring 21, 14 and 29 points on his way to the state championship game.

In the state championship versus Peoria (IL) Richwood, the Parade All-American nailed a the game winning shot with 1.6 seconds left to beat Peoria.

“We had a great season,” Simeon coach Robert Smith, said. “We won the state championship. He was the reason we got down there and the reason that we won it.”

The 5th ranked player overall by averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game. An even better stat for the No. 2-ranked point guard in the class of 2007 is how few games he has lost while in high school.

“He’s been in high school for three years and we’ve only lost 11 games. He’s just not used to losing.”

So what makes Rose so good?

“If they are playing him man to man he’s going to try and get it to the basket,” Smith said. “If they are playing zone he’s going to take jump shots. Whatever we need him to do, that’s what he’s going to do.”

Coaches of all levels enjoy players that are as unselfish and gifted athletically. So it’s no surprise that schools like Illinois, North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, Virginia and Louisville are recruiting him the hardest. All six made trips to Simeon High School this season, according to the coach.

“It’s going pretty good,” Smith said of Rose’s recruitment. “It’s just like any other Top 5 player in the country. But he’s still open right now and he hasn’t made a commitment.”

Smith also said that Illinois, Kansas, Texas, Virginia and Louisville have offered scholarships but that he wasn’t sure if North Carolina had or not. Either way, Smith insisted that Rose’s recruitment was still open and that a decision wouldn’t come until after he takes some visits toward the end of the summer.

Rose still hasn’t narrowed down which schools will receive visits, but he does have some guidelines in what he is looking for in a school. One of the main factors that will go into his overall decision is personnel.

“He doesn’t want to go somewhere where he’s going to be the focal point in the offense,” Smith said. “He wants to go where he is going to have other people around him to play with.”

Rose will play AAU ball for the Mean Streets Express. Their first event will be this coming weekend in Hampton, Va. at the Boo Williams Invitational.

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