Rose Aims High

BENTON, Ky. --- As Derrick Rose appeared through the double doors of the Marshall County High School locker room you could see the tears in his eyes. Despite scoring 20 points and grabbing 7 rebounds against one of the best teams in the country, Rose was visibly upset.

"I think he played okay for his first game," Simeon Head Coach Robert Smith stated. "We need to work on the turnovers but for the most part I thought he did fine for the first game."

Simien came up short, 63-57, Friday night at the Marshall County Hoopfest. A matchup with the top senior point guard didn't materialize as Tywon Lawson has been suspended by his team and thus didn't play.

But Rose has made quite a name for himself and is ranked as the 2nd best point guard and the 5th best player overall in the class of 2007.

"It's very special. I mean simply because he's so unselfish. If you walked up you wouldn't even know that he was Derrick Rose if you hadn't seen a picture of him," Smith said. "At least 65 percent of the student body of a school of 1,600 kids and 175 teachers they don't even know who he is if they haven't attended a game because he's so quiet and so laid back."

While he's quiet, he's making a ton of noise on the recruiting trail. Smith said Illinois, North Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, UCLA, DePaul, and Kansas have all been calling, but that Rose is still wide open.

A lot of his decision will rely on who is at the school and who is going with him.

"Who's going to be playing with him, he's really concerned about who is going to be running up the floor with him," Smith said. "He doesn't want to be the one that has to carry the load. Whose going to be with him is definitely going to be a factor."

"Nowadays these kids talk and they talk about going to school with you, and you going to school with me, and they try to put schools together. Like they did at Ohio State and, Texas is trying to do it now. He knows all these guys and they know him. Right now Derrick is focused on winning the state championship."

It won't be much trouble for Rose to find some players that would want to play with him. Nolan Smith, of Oak Hill, came away extremely impressed with his game.

"He's a good player. That was my first time going against him," Nolan Smith said. "He definitely showed me a lot. He's good."

While he did lose to Oak Hill, for Derrick Rose there is plenty to be happy about.

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