According to the 6-foot-3 prospect from Houston (Texas) Second Baptist, the high level talent in Houston has pushed his game to new levels.
"It really helps," said Rose. "Usually every game you play you are playing against a top kid in Texas or a top kid in the area of Houston. It helps you bring your ‘A' game and I'm motivated to do it."
A noted gym rat who runs the point with a rare blend of skill, confidence and poise, Rose is constantly working on his game. He's turned a question mark - his shooting - into a strength in just one year and also spends quite a bit of time working out in John Lucas' gym where he faces pros and college players on a regular basis.
"They don't take it easy on us, they don't allow us to be treated any different," said Rose of the workouts. "We do drills and I have to guard T.J. Ford or John Lucas (III) and if they score on me I have to run two laps. If I score on them they have to run, so it's the same for everybody."
After just one year of high school ball, Rose has already earned First-Team All-Texas honors and last summer was named to the USA Basketball Men's Developmental (16-and-under) National Team. He also played at the highest AAU level last summer, as a key member of the Houston Hoops squad. Thus it isn't a surprise to see Rose generating serious attention on the recruiting front. He lists offers from the likes of Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Memphis, Texas, Texas A&M and others along with interest from Duke.
More recently, Roy Williams and his staff at North Carolina have jumped into the fray. According to Rose, the UNC staff has been out to see him, but the relationship between himself and the Tar Heels -- or any other program for that matter -- is just in the early stages
"North Carolina has started recruiting me now," Rose said. "They've been out to see me and we're starting a relationship."
"It's just great to have programs like that recruiting you."
Given that he's just starting his sophomore season, Rose says that he's in no hurry. In fact, he's planning to take his time with his decision and doesn't see himself as the type to pull the trigger on a commitment before his senior year. He's looking for the usual things in a program, but promised playing time is not one of them. He's used to working for everything and wants to keep it that way.
"If somebody's there, I'm going to go and compete, it doesn't matter," said Rose, whose father (Lynden) and uncle (Cecile) both attended the University of Houston and were both selected in the NBA Draft ('82 and '78, respectively). "Wherever you go, if you go to a high level school, there are going to be players there."
Eric Bossi's Evaluation:
"Not surprisingly given his youth, a lack of strength remains an issue for Rose but his game is tight. Love the way he navigates ball screens and zone defenses with his heads up dribbling and alert passing. He changes gears, sees the floor and has become a dangerous jump shooter even if his release is a little low and off his right shoulder. He's more than backing up his billing as a potentially elite guy in his class." (Texas Jamboree, 11/29/09)
Evan Daniels' Evaluation:
"Rose has had a pretty impressive summer. He played well at the King City Classic and now he's doing some nice thing at the Peach Jam. What really stands out is his ability to stroke it from long range. In his early session game he went for at least five three-pointers, including a few well beyond the three-point line. Rose handles the ball with care, especially under pressure, and has an impressive IQ for a guy his age." (Peach Jam, 7/14/09)
Dave Telep's Evaluation:
"Bright, bright future. One of the elite point guards in his class. Excellent at passing and distributing the ball. Makes enough shots to keep defenders honest. High-level guy." (Peach Jam, 7/12/09)