Rose Departs Chapel Hill With Offer

L.J. Rose has taken unofficial trips to Texas and Memphis, but this past weekend's visit to North Carolina was his first campus visit during a basketball event. By the time he left Chapel Hill, he'd added a Tar Heel scholarship offer.

"It was great," Rose said of his two-day stay. "I haven't been to a lot of campuses. UNC was real nice. The atmosphere was different than a lot of schools. Going into it you know about the tradition and all the players that have been there, I just had a great time."

Shorly after ‘Late Night with Roy,' Rose spent some time with Roy Williams. During their conversation Rose picked up a scholarship offer from the Heels.

"I was just talking to Coach Williams and it was after ‘Late Night' and they just offered me and they just told me that they wanted me," Rose explained. "It was just a great experience and throughout the whole weekend we were just talking and I got to know the coaching staff and the players."

"They just wanted me to know that they offered me and that they are very interested," he added. "I told them I was interested in them too. Basically I'm going to weigh my options and go on a couple of visits."

To go with the ‘Late Night' festivities, Rose said he spent a lot of time with Shabazz Muhammad and the current underclassman at North Carolina.

"Me and Shabazz were hanging out with John Henson, Harrison [Barnes], Kendall [Marshall] and Reggie Bullock," he said. "It was their freshman year and they were kind of in the same position we are in and making a decision about where I want to go college."

When asked about his feelings about Carolina, Rose cited the tradition, but also the family atmosphere as reasons he likes the Tar Heels.

"I guess what sticks out to me is the whole UNC thing is a brotherhood," he said. "The alumni are always up there and they are always talking to the guys. Coach Williams treats his players right.

"I just think it's the Mecca of college basketball, there and Duke," Rose added. "It's every kids dream to go there and I had great feedback from all the players."

Rose said he's also considering Kentucky, Kansas, Memphis, Baylor, Texas, Virginia, Miami, Oklahoma and Arizona.

"That was my first real unofficial visit," said Rose, who is currently ranked the No. 1 point guard in the 2012 class. "I've been to Texas and I've been to Memphis, but that's basically it. I want to see a couple of more schools."

"I feel like I'm getting more into it now," he said of his recruitment. "I'm actually going to start looking into taking more unofficials. I'm going to Baylor this weekend. Then I'm going to Texas, Memphis, Kansas and probably Kentucky. I'm just trying to focus on where I should go in the future."

As far as a timeframe for a decision, Rose said it will be when he feels it's the right situation.

"Once I feel comfortable about where I want to go I'll make my decision. I don't really have a timetable."

Is there an early favorite for the Houston (Texas) Second Baptist standout?

"Right now I really like UNC, but again it's the only school that I've been on an unofficial to and been to a school during an event. So as of now I like UNC a lot."

L.J. Rose Profile


Inside Carolina Top Stories