BW: L.J. Rose Spotlight

HAMPTON, Va. --- L.J. Rose is doing his best to fulfill a Texas-sized legacy.

T.J. Ford, Daniel Gibson and the University of Texas' Jai Lucas are just a few guards that have come through the Houston Hoops AAU basketball program.

Rose, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Houston (Texas) Second Baptist, is in his second year running the show.

"I talked to T.J. Ford about two days ago," he said. "He was asking me about how I was going to do at Boo Williams. He always says to work hard and you'll like the result that you get."

College coaches, analysts and fans have taken note of Rose's hard work.

Currently ranked as's No. 1 point guard in the class of 2012, Rose is hearing from some of the nation's elite schools.

"I've heard from all the Big 12 schools, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina and Duke," said Rose. "I'm just interested in all of them."

Houston Hoops will be hosting the H-Town classic beginning Friday. Rose said he's expecting the UNC coaching staff to be in attendance.

"They told my coach that they like how I play, my vision and my leadership," he said. "I was supposed to go to the Duke-North Carolina game but I couldn't attend because we had a state tournament."

In his Saturday afternoon game at the Boo Williams Invitational, Rose had 18 points, eight assists and three rebounds against the New Jersey Playaz. He excelled behind the 3-point line, making four of his eight attempts

Houston Hoops only played seven players and Rose admitted that his team's strategy was to slow the game down and maximize possessions.

"I'm pretty tired and worn out," he said. "We don't have a lot of players so we were trying to rest and run some sets."

The few times Rose was able to get out in the fast break, he smoothly and easily found teammates for open shots and uncontested layups.

He attributed his improving skills to extra hours of practice and training.

"I've been in the weight room and done some quickness stuff," he said. "I've just been in the gym constantly."

Despite starting his summer at one of the typical circuit stops, Rose won't have a normal AAU schedule this summer.

He'll miss about a month of the season to travel to Germany, alongside UNC commitment James McAdoo with the USA Men's Under-16 National Team.

While he's never been on UNC's campus, Rose has a positive view of Chapel Hill.

"I like their atmosphere and their history," he said. "I like Coach (Roy) Williams – he's a great coach. I like how they play. I've heard it's a great campus and all the kids like basketball. I've heard they fill up the arena every night."

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