Unfortunately, on the second day camp, just hours before the top two guards in the Class of 2007 were supposed to meet for the first time, Rose injured his ankle and was unable to perform. That wasn't the first time a Rose/May encounter has been halted for one reason or another, and understandably Rose was disappointed by the turn of events.
"Yeah, he was down after (the injury) happened, but he'll be OK," Rose's brother, Reggie, said. "He's a competitor and he wanted the challenge, but he'll get his chance eventually."
Rose's career obviously involves more important things than a showdown with Mayo. The 6-3 PG at Chicago (IL) Simeon has an enormous number of suitors to filter through, and eventually he'll have to make the jump and offer up a commitment.
But don't expect that to happen anytime soon.
"We basically shut down the recruitment during the high school season, and now we're shutting it down again for the summer," Reggie Rose said. "Derrick is basically open. He's got Illinois, Memphis, Marquette, North Carolina, Arizona Virginia, Kansas and some more. He'll probably take a couple of officials and then decide."
While the number of schools would prevent one from drawing many conclusions, and the Rose clan isn't giving anything away, perhaps the best insight is that Rose will prioritize style of play.
"The key is that he's go to go to someplace that's uptempo," Reggie Rose said. "If he goes somewhere they run a lot of sets, it will take away from his strengths.
Rose has been a national name for a long time, but it wasn't until the spring that the explosive guard fully displayed his talent on the national stage. As a result, his stock has soared as much as that's even possible, and now most analysts regard him as a top three prospect in the senior class.
"We've been working with him to constantly keep him in attack mode," Reggie Rose said. "He's just so unselfish naturally, and that will always be the way it is, but sometimes he has to be more selfish."For sure, the college coaches in pursuit, including KU, hope to be selfish enough to claim him for themselves.