SMU basketball offered a handful of East Coast players last week, and one offer went to 2016 Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearney combo guard Quinton Rose. Larry Brown watched the junior guard play at Nike EBYL tournament in Lexington, Ky. in late April, and offered him a couple days later.
“It felt great,” Rose said. “It was like, wow, a Hall of Fame coach offered me a scholarship. It’s pretty crazy.”
Rose said the Larry Brown factor is a big selling point for SMU, and he hopes to build a relationship with Brown as he watches him play more and grows comfortable with his game. It’s off to a good start so far.
“He was telling me that I played well the first session and that I should keep it up, and that he looked forward to seeing me at the next session,” Rose said. “Then about a week after that, he called my dad and offered me.”
Rose hasn’t talked with the coaches too much yet, but they have made a great impression on him when he has talked with them. He said he’s definitely interested in taking a visit to SMU at some point.
“The coaches are really nice, they explained the program really well,” Rose said. “It’s something I’d look forward to. Just the academic part and how they’d be able to develop me.”
The 6-foot-5, 170-pound Rose reports offers from SMU, Minnesota, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Penn State, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, George Washington, Providence, Temple and Wake Forest. He said Miami, Florida State, George Washington and SMU have been showing the most interest. Brown told Rose that he’d be back to see him play again soon.
Brown signed a couple bigger and taller guards in the 2015 class, led by 6-foot-5 Shake Milton, who’s expected to see a lot of minutes at point guard. Rose is a similar build, with great length for a point guard. He’s also position-versatile like Milton.
“I bring great size at the point and two guard positions,” Rose said. “I’m really versatile, I can play the one, two and three. I’m a good ball handler, I score when I need to, I play good defense and I’m a good rebounder.”
Rose plays AAU for the Albany City Rocks. He said he plays one through three for AAU, but sees the most minutes at two guard. He played mostly at point guard for Bishop Kearney. He is averaging 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 54 percent from the field so far this AAU season.